Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thought's for Mother's Day

The first Mother's Day took place on May 9, 1914. President Woodrow Wilson asked all Americans to say "thank you" to their mothers. Ever since that time, we have been celebrating mothers and everything they do for us. Mothers day may be an emotional time for some. Maybe your mother is no longer around, or maybe you want to be a mother too but for some reason, you are not able to right now. This just goes to show how special mothers and being a mother is, and the tremendous impact they have on our lives.

It is hard work to be a mom, I know this because I am one myself. I am also one of five children and my mom made it look so easy! My mom was pretty "strict" growing up. I guess you have to run a tight ship when you have five kids! When she said "no" boy did she mean it! Back then I viewed this as "I'm not allowed to do anything" but that was far from the truth. I had a wonderful childhood with wonderful memories and just for the record, everything she said "no" to, is the exact same things I will say "no" to when my children ask me!

As a child I never noticed my mom putting everyone else before her. I never noticed her selflessness and deep love for her family. Even as adults she still is concerned for us and now I see that the worry never ends! From checking on your infant in the middle of the night to make sure he/she is still breathing, to wondering if your grown up children are doing alright.

I honestly will never know how she kept the house so clean, or how the heck she totted us around to all of our dance and sports classes all while looking glamorous. She never looked tired of us and was always happy to see us.  My mom never looked rattled or like she had just had the longest day unless we really pushed her buttons. She usually could get us to stop anything we were doing with her ever so famous mom look. You know exactly what I'm talking about! This is a super power that I am still trying to master. When I give the look, my two year old laughs because she thinks its hilarious... go figure!

One day we were all in the car and my youngest brother was in the drivers seat, I was in the passenger seat, and my mom was in the back seat (behind the drivers seat). We were impatiently waiting for my oldest sister to get into the car so we could leave. My brother kept honking the horn and my mom told him to stop. He honked the horn again. My mom said stop and added the look to her request. Again, my brother boldly honked the car horn. We all looked directly at my mom, just waiting to see what she would do. For a split second it appeared that she didn't know what to do, but a moment later she reached over and pulled my brothers hair pretty hard and said "I told you to STOP!"
I remember laughing so hard with my youngest sister! To this day my sister and I still laugh at this when we talk about it. It is one of the only times my mom almost lost control...but almost doesn't count.
There she is, "mama bear" with the whole family before my wedding.
All jokes aside, mothers have an important and unique role in the lives of their children, you will always play a role in the lives of your children and influence them to some degree. Your children will have many lifelong memories, perceptions of you and lifelong lessons they will carry with them. There are several verses that direct parents on how to raise their children in Christ. Let's take a look at the Bible, and what is commanded of a mother.

Be available to your children. Help them grow by spending time and guiding their hearts towards God."These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Guide your children, teach them scripture and a biblical worldview.
"Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children" Deuteronomy 4:10

Help your child discover his/her spiritual gifts, and develop/ strengthen them to glorify God. Train your child to know and serve Jesus. "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Mother's are to provide a nurturing environment where they care for, and encourage growth and development while loving unconditionally."Then they can urge younger women to love their husbands and children." Titus 2:4

You are a role model to your children, they will mimic you starting at a young age. Model a Godly lifestyle for them."Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them." Deuteronomy 4:9-10

Children are a gift from the Lord  (Psalm 127:3) and as you can see from the few verses above, it is an important and serious role. I absolutely love the quote by Andy Stanley. He says "Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise."

I want to thank my mom for taking her calling to be a mom seriously, and for guiding me and loving me through good and tough times while building great lifetime memories. Love you mom, and Happy Mother's Day!

Don't forget to tell your mom, or the wonderful women that raised or influenced you "Happy Mother's Day!"

1 comment:

  1. Thanks sweetheart for being my daughter love you


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