Today’s Scripture: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing… Philippians 4:4-6a

Little Billy was watching his mother put on some face cream. He couldn’t understand how it worked, so he asked his mother what she was doing. “I am trying to make my face beautiful,” she replied. 

With that she took a tissue and started dabbing the cream off her face. “Oh boy,” Billy exclaimed. “It didn’t work, did it?”

Do you ever feel invisible and unappreciated, like no one gets what you are doing? When we’re out of order, when we’ve lost sight of the purpose that God has for us in our lives, when we feel invisible, when we get really bothered and we stop acting like children of God, how do we get back on track?

Philippians 4:4-7 contains eight virtues that we should all have as hallmarks or showcases of our lives. We will look at the first four today and the last four tomorrow.

1. Virtuous moms rejoice in the Lord always, then repeat. Rejoice in the Lord always, even when your husband messes up the laundry. Rejoice again when he messes up again! How can you rejoice with a lot of things that happen in life? Well, it is possible, otherwise we would not be told to do it. This is the way we should be acting. 

2. Virtuous moms show patience and gentleness. They have a gentle spirit – let your moderation be known unto men. It has the idea of gentleness, forbearance, or patience. Moms certainly have that as a quality. We all need patience. You might be going through something hard, but the fact is you are surrounded by the never-ending love and forbearance of God.

3. Virtuous moms remember that the Lord’s return is coming soon. I love it when a person really believes that Jesus could return today. There’s an urgency about them. There’s an ethic that you see in their lives. 

4. Virtuous moms are not overly anxious. They might have times of anxiety, but they don’t let that dominate and make themselves and everyone around them miserable. Hopes and fears can pull you in two different directions, leaving you feeling like you are being pulled apart. Kids and all their issues can pull you in every direction, but there’s a difference between concern and anxiety. Don’t let life strangle you with worry and anxiety. 

These are great virtues to put into practice. Ask the Lord to help you start working on them today!

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.