Several days ago, my mother had a birthday.
We usually don’t make a big deal about birthdays but in the busy-ness of life, sometimes we forget to appreciate and honor people, and celebrating the anniversary of their lives can be a good reminder to do that. So I want to take a moment to honor my mother and share a few of the ways that she has blessed me and so many others.
And I’ll have you know, I’m taking a bit of risk in doing this! We have a “rule” that Mama reads all the posts before they go live on this site but hopefully this time she’ll forgive me for “breaking” it and be pleasantly surprised 😉
She Is A Strong Believer
Do you know how many people have parents that aren’t in the faith or are nominal Christians? I am so thankful that my mother is a faithful believer whose number one goal in life is to serve the Heavenly Father. It wasn’t always this way. She found the saving grace of Messiah as an adult after having experienced a sinful lifestyle. Her experiences in the world have caused her to be far more careful and conscientious about raising up her children in righteousness. That is a blessing!
She Loves My Father
I can’t count the times that she has said things to us children like, “Your father is such a wonderful man,” or the numerous blessings that she has prayed for him, while encouraging us to do the same. I so appreciate my mother’s efforts to be submissive to my father and the way she encourages others to do the same with their husbands. If there is one thing that provides a secure environment for children, it is to see their parents in love and unity with each other.
She Is A Servant
Mama is one of those people that is invited over to someone’s house for dinner and ends up cleaning their kitchen or picking up the children’s toys off the floor! She is always looking for ways to bless people, both in her home and outside of it. It can be anything from taking a meal to a new mom, extending hospitality to large crowds in our home, or going to the local jail to minister to the women inmates. Sometimes her servant heart causes her to take on too much and wear herself out. There is one thing for certain that my mother will not be remembered for: being lazy!
She Is A Keeper Of Her Home
When my parents planned to marry, they made the decision that that my mother would leave the corporate world and stay at home to raise their children. For as long as I can remember, my father has always said that my mother worked harder than him! She soon had her hands full with pregnancies, young children, homeschooling and living without electricity. And while I know that it hasn’t been an “easy” life for her, she has been such an incredible example that I can’t imagine not following in her steps! She has never said or done anything to make us think that she regretted leaving a career for her family – quite the contrary! I sometimes wonder if my siblings and I will ever be able to fully appreciate the upbringing that she has given us.
She Is A Miracle
My mother has had at least two near-death experiences in the past 12 years. She shared her testimony about being healed from congestive heart failure a couple years ago here on the blog, and recently my father wrote an article Shining Stars with the story of her hemorrhage after miscarrying our youngest brother. The article is not posted online but you’re welcome to order a copy of the issue that contains it if you would like to read it. It is an unspeakable blessing to have witnessed her (and my father) placing all of their trust in the Heavenly Father. Their faith is an example and a legacy.
She Prays And Expects An Answer
Do you pray about things that need an answer … and expect to receive one? It seems like the tendency nowadays is to pray along more generic lines instead of asking the Father, “What do you want me to do about such-and-such?” and waiting to hear His answer. One of the things I love about my mother is that she is quick to pray for guidance, and to listen for an answer. It may be something as simple as to what store to go for an item, or something big like whether or not to take a trip or move to a new farm! Since a young age, she has trained us children to do the same thing and again, it is a wonderful legacy.
She Is A Good Cook
Mothers are supposed to be good cooks, right?! There are several recipes for which Mama is famous but I think the number one favorite is her chicken enchiladas! We also love when she makes latkes (potato pancakes) during Hanukkah. She has been health-conscious for as long as I can remember and we children were raised to appreciate good food and avoid unhealthy options, but I appreciate that she has shown us that healthy food can taste good!
She Is A Titus 2 Woman
In a world where so many young women experience frustration and disillusionment over what they’re supposed to do with their lives, my sisters and I are beyond blessed to have a Titus 2 example right here in our home. I have met so many young wives and mothers whose hearts are crying “where are the older women from whom we can learn?” Our society condemns women who desire to be keepers of their homes and even among Christians, there are so few older women who can train up the younger ones to love their husbands and children and joyfully embrace their role as a homemaker. Even though I don’t like to think of my mother as “older”, I am so thankful that she is able to fulfill that role – not just for my sisters and I, but other women as well.
She Is My Friend
When I was young, I didn’t think I would ever be able to really be close to my mother and share my heart and inner feelings. I’m not sure why! I tend to be more introverted and don’t always speak my mind, unless it’s dragged out of me! But somehow, during my mid to upper teen years, my mother and I were able to develop a close relationship. Popular culture bombards us with the message that parents and children should be enemies – especially parents and teenagers! It doesn’t have to be that way! But I know from experience, I began to appreciate my relationship with my mother more when she started treating me more like an adult friend in whom she could confide, rather than a child that needed to be told what to do. So I want to mention this, for the mothers and daughters out there who may be struggling with your relationships, I encourage you to start being friends – not just mother and child. I now value my mother’s friendship more than words can say.
I could carry on and on but as I wrap this up, I want to thank our Father in heaven who saw fit to place me in this family and give me a wonderful mother. And I’m thankful to know her secret: a strong love for Him and a delight in His presence. I may not ever be as good of a wife and mother as she is, but I know that her secret can be my secret and will be what gives me strength to face each day.