Sunday, May 12, 2013

On Motherhood

Over the past few months {in all my spare time}, I've been re-reading Elisabeth Elliot's autobiography of Amy Carmichael called A Chance To Die. She was an Irish missionary who spent 53 years in Southern India rescuing children from a life of child prostitution. What a great encouragement this woman who lived over a century ago has been to me. Her heart for these precious children, her faith in the face of trials and hardships, and her life of service and sacrifice have blessed me, and I hope these excerpts from her autobiography encourage and challenge you as they are doing for me just now!

In Amy's Bible, on a card pasted inside the front cover, are these words:

These children are dear to Me. Be a mother to them, and more than a mother. Watch over them tenderly, be just and kind. If thy heart is not large enough to embrace them, I will enlarge it after a pattern of My own. If these children are docile and obedient, bless Me for it; if they are forward, call upon Me for help; if they weary thee, I will be thy consolation; if thou sink under thy burden, I will be thy Reward.


To one of the sitties {workers} she wrote:

...and now you are deep in what seems to us a peculiar selfless service. The spiritual training of children must be that. You work for years you will not see. You work for the Invisible all the time, but you work for the Eternal. So it is all worth while.


"Children tie a mother's feet."

It took rather a long time for the truth of this Tamil proverb to dawn on Amy...

 ...that she must allow her feet to be tied for the sake of Him whose feet once were nailed.


Because of Your love and faithfulness, Lord, I have the privilege and humbling responsibility of being their Momma. Thank You for the blessing of each of their little lives. When I look into their faces tonight, I am brought to my knees. They are immortal souls, designed to live for eternity and created to bring You glory. They tie my feet and tire my hands and stretch my heart, but it is worth it! YOU are so very, very worth it! These feet of mine, these hands, this heart are not my own. They are Yours! Use them how You will! For Your glory!

Not to us, not to us,
But to Your name be the glory,
because of Your love and faithfulness.
Psalm 115:1


Ask not how little but how much can love give?




You can click on the links below each of the pictures to learn more about these precious little ones who are still waiting to be chosen and who desperately need a momma. They live in the same country as our Little Girl with Feet that Don't Move, and how my heart longs for every single one of them {especially the little girl on the top} to experience the love of a family. I listed them here, hoping that you would join me in praying for them. I'm also praying for you, praying that the Lord will continue to raise up His people to care for "the least of these." This is what Amy Carmichael devoted her life to over 100 years ago, and I am praying that our generation will share her passion and commitment! Perhaps you have room in your home and in your heart for one such child? These little souls need a Mother's Day...


And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me.
Jesus of Nazareth
Matthew 18:5

XOXO,
Melanie

1 comment:

  1. Love this post! The pictures of you with your treasures are precious. Thank you for sharing all of the quotes about Amy Carmichael...what a blessing to read this morning.

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