THERE IS HOPE TO BE A NO REGRETS WOMAN By Rhonda Stoppe
There is hope to be a NO REGRETS WOMAN. Do you believe that? I do, because I am a woman free from regret because the Lord stepped into my life and caused me to walk in a manner worthy of my calling–And He can do the same in your life as well!
Becoming a NO REGRETS WOMAN does not mean I have never made mistakes, or failed in my life. But it does mean with each failure I have found Christ’s forgiveness and restoration that sets my feet back upon the path to follow His will for my life. You can find the same forgiveness and freedom from regret through Jesus Christ. And when Christ forgives, he forgives to the upmost, so we can look with joyful anticipation toward the future! I can joyously agree with the Apostle Paul:
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind
and straining forward to what lies ahead (Philippians 3:13)
What about you? What steps are you taking to build a no-regrets life? Seriously… Right here, Right now, at this time in history – What are you doing?
Do you believe there is hope to be a NO REGRETS WOMAN?
Life is so busy, it’s easy to let days, weeks, even years go by simply keeping our heads above water. Is that really how God intends His people to live? To this I answer a resounding NO!
I get it, motherhood brings exhaustion and encouragement, guilt and glory, security and insecurity all at the same time––Can I get a witness?
When you fall into bed at night,
do you cringe as you review how the day went?
As a young mom I remember:
- Chastising myself for how short tempered I was with my two-year old
- Regretting how little time I spent interacting with my husband (Whether in conversation or in the bedroom)
- Telling myself, tomorrow will be different. I’ll do better I promise (only to find myself reviewing my failures again the following night)
Do you realize you are writing the story of your life?
Each day you wake up is a new opportunity to live with NO REGRETS. Psalm 90:9 says: We spend our years as a tale that is told.
If you determine to allow God to write your story,
there is hope to be a no-regrets woman.
In the Bible, the Apostle Peter reminds us: All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls (1 Peter 1:24)
James 4:14 says: Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
If you are but a vapor, a flower quickly fading, what can you do to make the most of the time you have in this life––and with the eighteen (plus or minus) years you have with your kids at home?
There is hope to be a NO REGRETS WOMAN.
Here are some practical steps you can take:
READ YOUR BIBLE. Determine to daily spend time with the Lord by reading His Word. Remember spending time reading your Bible is spending time with Jesus.
I know, I know, you are a busy mom and taking time to read your Bible seems like low priority on your “to-do” list. But I promise, you are too busy not to equip yourself with God’s Word.
For in your quiet time with Christ you will find
the wisdom you need to be a no-regrets mom.
Proverbs 2:6 says, The Lord gives Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
PRAY, pray, and pray some more. It is the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous woman who avails much (James 5:16).
If you’re not praying for your kids–who is?
Listen to God’s observation in Ezekiel 22:30:
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
May it never be said of our generation that God could not find anyone standing in the gap in prayer for our children––your children.
GO TO CHURCH. (Oh I am sorry, I think I just shouted that point!) Do you realize it is God’s mandate for His people to meet together each week to hear the preaching of God’s Word, worship together, pray in unison, and love on each other?
There’s no way around it, if you are not taking your family to church you are disobeying the Lord’s command in Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
If you are married to a man who does not want you to attend church on Sundays, pray regularly for God to change his heart, and then determine to find a women’s Bible you can be a part of. And enroll your kids in a mid-week Christian kids program that teaches from the Bible and encourages Scripture memory.
LOOK FOR GODLY MENTORS. While at church, look for godly mentors, Titus 2 women, at church who can teach you what they have learned about loving their husbands, and loving their children.
In my 33 years of ministry to women, I have observed without exception,
Women who forsake these God given resources build regretful lives.
I don’t want to get to the end of it all, and wish I had lived more deliberately. What about you?
Following the above steps is a great place to start, because
There is hope to be a NO REGRETS WOMAN.
Rhonda Stoppe teaches women to live life with NO REGRETS. Rhonda’s book MOMS RAISING SONS TO BE MEN is mentoring thousands of moms to parent without regrets. And her new book IF MY HUSBAND WOULD CHANGE I’D BE HAPPY helps women build a no regrets marriage.
With over 20 years experience as a pastor’s wife, speaker, mentor, and author, Rhonda has helped women build no-regrets lives by helping them discover significance and purpose for life, build an incredible legacy, and become more influential than they ever dreamed possible.
Ready to build a no-regrets life? Rhonda’s books can help mentor you toward a life with no regrets. For more from Rhonda Stoppe visit: NoRegretsWoman.com