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Gentleness | BELIEVE | Scott Jones

KEY IDEA: I am thoughtful, considerate and calm in my dealings with others.

KEY VERSE: “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5

The art of motherhood is holding on loosely.

יוֹכֶב Yo-khe'-ved

Yhvh = Jehovah or Yahweh

kabad = glory

The LORD is glory

Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. Exodus 2:1-2

fine = טוֹב pronounced tov = “beautiful

“it was good.” (tov)

By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. Hebrews 11:23

Holding on loosely means doing everything in your power to protect the kids in your care.

But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. Exodus 2:3-4

Holding on loosely means letting go and giving God room to work.

Motherhood is ongoing seasons of holding on and letting go.

Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. (Jochebed) Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. Exodus 2:5-9

Holding on loosely means re-entering your child’s life when the door is opened.

When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water." Exodus 2:10

Holding on loosely mean permanently releasing your children into God’s hands.

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

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