I am very happy to be posting this close to Mother’s Day! I am blessed to know a lot of wonderful women that are great moms and I would like to wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day. But if nobody minds, I would like to talk about one woman in particular who is very dear to me; my mom, Julie.
You know, as parents we often say to our kids, “When you’re older you’ll understand” or “When you are older you will appreciate this more.” It is so true! Growing up, I thought that my story was rather boring. I was born in a very small town in Arizona, into a Christian home, went to church every time the doors were open, and then packed up and went off to a Christian college. Not very exciting, right? Well, now as an adult, I realize how much I have to be grateful for in this story. And one of those things is a godly mother. From the time that we were very little (I have three siblings), she made sure that we were spending time together in God’s word, learning his promises and truths. She made sure that we were in church. You see, my mom understood the importance of “training up a child in the way that he should go.” She understood that we were her little disciples and that every second of every day was an opportunity for her to help us grow to be adults that would love and serve the Lord. Did I deserve to grow up in a home were the love of God and the security of a mom and Dad that loved each other deeply was so evident? No, of course not. But I am so thankful for that today.
My mom has taught me many things over the years about being a great mom and wife. And not just the little things like cleaning house and cooking (although she is amazing at those things too!) But how to raise a godly heritage and how to respect and love the man that God has placed in her life. I know there were some situations in which it was difficult for my mom to follow Dad’s leading, but she did it because she knew it was right. And she also did it with a sweet, submissive spirit.
When I read Proverbs 31, I think of my mom every time. I hope that one day I can posses even half of the virtuous qualities that my mom does.
So Mom, I just want to say that I love you and thank you so much for all that you have done over the years. For the sacrifices that you have made and for being such a wonderful Grandma to my kids. Thank you for not ever making us feel guilty for taking them so far away, although I know it has been hard for you. You are one of the biggest blessings in my life.
Happy Mother’s Day!