Stretching in the Gap

{This is the seventh of twelve in a guest blog series I am hosting through mid March. The series will zero in on a variety of themes from my book, Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert's Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor. The writers of these posts are people I deeply admire for their wisdom and their constant seeking of Christ’s Kingdom on behalf of their neighbors both near and far. This particular post was written by Melanie Avila, a dear friend of mine that I met while living in Guatemala. Melanie has been a great encourager, a wise mentor, and a listening ear to me on every topic from motherhood to missions to marriage and everything else in between. And I so appreciate getting to listen as she shares more wisdom today.}

{This is the seventh of twelve in a guest blog series I am hosting through mid March. The series will zero in on a variety of themes from my book, Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert's Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor. The writers of these posts are people I deeply admire for their wisdom and their constant seeking of Christ’s Kingdom on behalf of their neighbors both near and far.

This particular post was written by Melanie Avila, a dear friend of mine that I met while living in Guatemala. Melanie has been a great encourager, a wise mentor, and a listening ear to me on every topic from motherhood to missions to marriage and everything else in between. And I so appreciate getting to listen as she shares more wisdom today.}

It was a rare moment; I had the house all to myself.

I was on my knees, feeling overwhelmed, praying to God for each of my three daughters by name.

Who can weather these times?  How can I effectively parent my children so they grow to fear God, love others and be the gift they are?  I lay my tear strung questions and bleeding heart before the Lord.

In the midst of my overwhelming emotions and questions, I sensed the Lord urging me on: “keep stretching in the gap”.

Stretching in the gap....a reaching out to who my children are, while leaning forward into who they will become.

It's a stretch that pulls and tears and challenges.

As mothers we have a unique posture, presence and power:

Unique Posture

It is one of reaching down and hugging our little ones while we affirm who they are created in God's image; it is one of hovering over to protect against unwanted harm, undesired influence; it is one of looking up to the only one who can mightily protect, deeply comfort, perfectly guide, divinely transform, continuously mold.

Unique Presence

Who else gets to spend so many hours with precious little ones; so much time to invest and bless and form and influence.  It's a unique and holy access, calling and availability.

Unique Power

There is power in prayer - in lifting and laying our children before the Lord. There is power in words – proclaiming and blessing Biblical truths over them. There is power in example – modeling what we say {if words are necessary}; living our faith always, especially on the hard days.

 

Moms near and far, press on and stretch in the gap: 

The stretch in our prayers for what is and what we hope will be{come} for our children. 

The stretch in words as we proclaim and bless truth over our little ones and watch the truth build them up and speak through them.

The stretch in our example as we live out our faith imperfectly yet receive grace upon grace to keep trying and being our fullest in who we are in Christ while calling and praying forth the same in them.

Keep stretching in the gap!

 

Grace and Peace,

Melanie

 

Bio: Melanie Avila is mother to three daughters. She and her husband and daughters have served in cross-cultural missions alongside the poor for the past 11 years with InnerCHANGE. Currently she resides in Lancaster, PA. Click here to read more of Melanie's writing.

Bio: Melanie Avila is mother to three daughters. She and her husband and daughters have served in cross-cultural missions alongside the poor for the past 11 years with InnerCHANGE. Currently she resides in Lancaster, PA. Click here to read more of Melanie's writing.