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Take Time to Thank a Mom

Posted by NancyWilliams on April 25, 2011

Soon we will set aside a day to recognize women who have devoted their lives to caring for their children. Mother’s Day — a day we honor women who have recently stepped into the role and those who have been mothers for many years. Women who have one child to raise and those who have a house full. Women who care for children with special needs and critical illnesses. Women who grieve the loss of children. Women who support their children in education, sports and the arts. Women who partner with husbands to raise children and those who fill that parenting role alone. Women who now mentor and support their adult children as they leave the family nest to build their own lives and perhaps become parents themselves. Women who have added the role of “grandmother” to their lives. Women who wait with prayers and hope that their children who have disconnected from family will someday come back into their lives. Women whose hearts are filled with joy and those whose hearts are heavy with disappointments and pain. Women who have overcome life challenges and women who hold onto hope as they weather life’s storms. Our mentors, our caregivers, our teachers, our friends.

It’s a day to show respect and honor. A day to express love and thanks. And, for me, a day to remember my mother who is no longer here with us. Please allow me to introduce her to you because we can learn some powerful lessons from her about living a life of love and faith.

My mother was a quiet woman — gentle in spirit and unwavering in faith, even in the most challenging, painful times. While she shared a few stories about her childhood, she kept much of her life tucked carefully and privately in her memory and in her heart. And yet, I realize much of the legacy she passed along to me came through the way she reflected her relationship with God through her actions.

Mom openly — and authentically — lived what she believed. She studied her Bible and spent time each day in prayer. She taught little children at church as well as her own three children about God’s love for them. She made certain the coffee pot was ready and always had something sweet in the pantry, in case someone dropped by for a visit. She counseled women who were struggling as wives and mothers to seek God’s wisdom for their lives. She sacrificed herself for those she loved. She cared for my father during his many illnesses. She battled cancer as long as she could and then prepared for the Lord to take her to be with Him.

My mother passed along family keepsakes as she also taught me the value of sharing our spiritual beliefs with our children and grandchildren through our conversation and through our own daily living. We can teach powerful lessons as we talk about our relationship with God and how we’ve worked through our own spiritual struggles. I remember as a young child watching my mother face some challenging times. I sometimes wondered how she could hold on and press through difficulties she faced when many women would have given up. She was quiet about many aspects of her life but open and honest about her love for God, her understanding of Him, and her trust in His faithfulness. She didn’t waver, and I watched as God faithfully cared for her.

She showed me that we don’t need to preach, we don’t need to condemn, and we don’t need to give up hope. We do need to hold fast to the spiritual truths that guide our lives and ask God to let His light shine through us into the lives and hearts of those we love.

The legacy my mother passed down was clear: Love God. Obey Him. Serve Him. Follow wherever He leads. Trust Him with your whole heart and hold on to His promises, no matter what life brings. I know there are many other mothers whose lives reflect that same legacy of love and faithfulness. May we adopt that same desire to let the light of God’s love shine through us. And let’s be sure to thank them this Mother’s Day.

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