AUTHOR - BILL TAYLOR
COPYRIGHT 2017 - BILL TAYLOR
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139 - 13: “For You
formed my inward parts, You knitted me together in my Mother’s
a wonderful song entitled “No Longer A Slave To Fear”. How often
we hear something of massive importance and yet its depth of
profoundness manages to escape our awareness. Perhaps mental fatigue
or just being generically busy, prevents us from pausing to ingest
its magnitude. While listening to this mentioned song yesterday, the
lyrics from one of its lines jumped out at me as if God had turned up
the volume to “ten”
in a second in time to get my attention. “From
my mother’s womb You have chosen me”!
And what had been sitting in my intellect went dramatically south to
can “know” something and then we can “KNOW”
something. The capitalized version has the power to change
everything! Clarify everything! Give meaning to everything!
Huge truth, rocks your world in the most
magnificent of ways!
of how convoluted your life may be at the present, please pause for a
moment and seriously consider this: While being very important in the
process, your mother did not create you. With all due respect and
appreciation for her efforts, Mom in fact was the delivery system to
introduce to the world that which God created! You! Yes you! Formed,
designed and knitted together by His will and for His purpose. The
One who said: “Let there be light and there was light”, equally
said: Let there be blue eyes or brown skin or size eight feet or a
six foot frame or black hair Etc. Etc.: And there was! He spoke you
into existence as He in identical fashion, spoke the universe into
being, by His word! He said “let there be” and you were!
why? Perhaps to add to the numbers or for us to simply take up space?
Never! God does nothing without a desired end result, complete with a
plan to accomplished that result. He has been intimately, personally,
and intricately involved in our lives as individuals for a very long
time. We were “known” to Him, long before He was “known” to
us! That’s powerfully true!
the beginning, before time existed, God wrote us into His
Story and inscribed our names on the palm
of His hand. He then proceeded to reveal
our inclusion through the passage of time. We have always been on His
magnificent mind! We were created, first and foremost, to love and
worship Him with all our hearts. No doubt a reflection of how we are
has declared us to be the “object of His affection” and has never
turned away from that declaration. He has faithfully lavished His
immeasurable love and grace on and into our lives. We in turn are
called to reciprocate by embracing Him in like manner. In doing so we
complete the necessary ingredient for a two-way relationship of
profound intimacy with our Creator and Heavenly Father. As we walk in
His love, He births in us an equal love for His creation as we see
them as He does.
by God in our mother’s womb to bear and wear His image. To be
indicators of His love for the world! That’s
a huge truth and is capsulated in this
scripture that Jesus presents to us as clarification regarding our
pre-destined purpose for existing! All the intricacies of life on
planet earth reside under its umbrella of importance and influence.
22 - 37 > 39: “You shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all
your mind. This is the great and first commandment”. ( And to
complete His statement Jesus adds this final comment of clarity to
complete the thought ). “And You shall love your neighbor as
is why we were born from God’s perspective. This is why we are here
according to Him. This is our destiny. Seeing as God created us, I
think His viewpoint is hugely
oh how close some of us came to not being here!
Promises - Promises
and Mrs. Taylor are my parents. Catherine and William to be specific.
Mom and Dad to me! At forty four years of age they had already
managed to accumulate four children, the youngest of which was four.
Wow, that’s a lot of fours.
came the news: Mom was, surprisingly to all, expecting her fifth.
More often than not, surprises are a good thing. A celebratory thing.
A “yeah” thing! This surprise did not fit those expressions at
all. Major concerns permeated the news. Health issues, based on age,
were obvious. It was 1947 and medical technology wasn’t close to
what it is today. No, this was deemed an un-wise and risky
proposition at best. Not something a forty four year old woman with
four children to care for, should be entertaining as remotely
intelligent. Doctors and Dad labelled this entire dilemma “a
mistake”, but one with a quick and simple solution.
abortion was suggested to my Mom, who evidently was far less
concerned than the others with their well-founded fears. I can’t
say for sure exactly how my Mom came to her conclusion. My ears
hadn’t yet formed well enough to listen in at the time. But there
are family stories that have circulated and I have no doubt as to
their authenticity. Mom had a dramatically different viewpoint on the
matter which she shared to the dismay of all. “God has given me
this child and it is not a mistake but rather a blessing and will be
a blessing to many. My child and I will be just fine”. I’m
thinking neither Dad nor the Doctor were expecting that as a
response, but in spite of their “dismay”, chose wisely not to
nine months later Billy ( My Mom never stopped calling me Billy )
arrived safe and sound!
aware that God, had formed and chosen me in and from my Mother’s
womb. It is literally applicable to my life. It’s an overwhelming
thought that will never become casual in my mind, that the God who
created the universe, has been there from my first second of life,
protecting me every step of the way. Beginning by forming me in the
womb of a woman who trusted her God with all her heart! God had made
her a promise. One little Billy would challenge for many years. A
promise that would challenge God’s faithfulness to the extreme. A
promise that no one including me could derail. One that both Mom and
her God would eventually see come to pass!
had a Mother who prayed into her promise, that to her, transcended
the obvious. She wasn’t encouraged by others to do so. She was used
to that. You see, she wasn’t encouraged to allow me life, but she
as a Catholic in Ireland, she at a very young age, would be shipped
by her family to Canada on her own to fend for herself. Eventually
Catherine would meet a man named William. William was a Protestant.
considered William, a gift from God and was the first person who
truly loved her. They would fall in love and marry, causing my Mom to
be excommunicated from the Catholic church. Marrying a Protestant was
considered a one way ticket to hell back then.
never heard my Mom speak ill of those who had shown her the door,
always choosing the high road of thankfulness for what she had.
Mother possessed a sweet and gentle soul combined with the ferocious,
no-quit, heart of a Lion.
couldn’t be intimated nor drawn into exchanges of evil for evil by
the unfair or un-justified treatment of others. Mom wouldn’t
entertain such thoughts. She lived her life in a higher place than
that and refused to relinquish her spiritual residence for anything
others knew their religion, my Mother knew her God and to her, that’s
all she needed to know. She followed her heart. A heart that
resonated with the sound of God’s loving voice as its directive!
had the spiritual DNA of Jesus running through her veins like no
other women I have ever met. She was never wealthy but considered
herself richly blessed.
nursed and cared for my father through his final thirty years of life
without complaint, he having had major brain surgery in his
goodness, what a blessed womb God chose to form me in! What a sacred
place He chose me from! Thank you Mom for believing your promise and
thank you God for being faithful to your daughter’s belief.
Combined, you are the only reasons I am here!
to me grace is not a theory but rather a fact! I’ve simply ingested
too much of it to think otherwise!
pray, that whatever is left of my life on planet earth, that it be
lived out as a confirmation to Mom’s promise. “He
will be a blessing to many”. May the God
who has protected me from birth by grace,
let it be so! I have recently mentioned to
others, that for the first time in my life, and over the past four
years specifically, I feel like I’m finally doing what I was born
to do. That’s an amazing feeling of immense fulfillment in one’s
life. May I encourage you to search your heart for the reason you
were born. I guarantee, there is one! Once discovered it changes
could brag on my Mother and her God, who is now my God, all day long!
But let’s consider for a moment an old saying: “It ain’t
bragging if it’s true”! Hugely
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