TODAY THE WORDS are MOMS LAST FOREVER. Today is not only the 2nd of January; it is the anniversary of our Mother’s death four years ago. I woke up very sad as I usually find myself feeling on this day every year. Somehow, it seemed a little different than years before. I wondered why and began in prayer to see if I could get an answer. This is what I can share with you this morning and I thank God and Mom’s memory for this message.
A Mom is not a temporary part of our life. Our lives start protected not only by God, but by Our Mother’s womb. We feed from her; we exist from all of the nutrients she provides. We are born and it is a natural instinct for us to breathe and cry but I wonder if the cry is a rebellion from being thrust into a cold world from the warmth and comfortable place we have shared for 9 months. One of the first voices we will hear is our Mother’s sweet voice, even after so much pain; it will be filled with love and joy.
A Mom continues to nurture us as we grow and will keep her continuous watch over us. She keeps us close to her with her body and wants us to grow up perfectly but accepts our imperfections. When we wake her in the middle of the night, maybe even several times; she cuddles her baby and sings or plays with us until we go back to sleep. Days without sleep; teething episodes; and diarrhea; vomiting, spitting up; are forgotten with small fingers finding Mom’s face. When a Mom looks in and sees her baby asleep; a smile crosses her face and her world is right.
A Mom will be tough at times to teach her little one the right way to go. Sometimes, she escapes to a quiet place and cries because she had to practice tough love to her child. Her intentions are good; she wants her child to be the best he or she can be.
A Mom will stand proud when her child accomplishes something in his or her life. It doesn’t have to be a world recognized feat; it can be a good drawing or a good grade on a paper. It can be a raise; a promotion; even getting a job. A Mom is the best cheerleader a child can have.
A Mom is forever stamped on the heart of a child when the child grows up and goes out in the world. It is hard for a child to ever think they cook as well; parent as well; have as strong a faith; master little things; or even say the best phrases. To make a point….How many of your Mom’s cute little phrases and/or sayings you repeat and smile while you are doing it. In memory of our precious Mom, I can easily say “And too, another thing” or “What in the world?” and I smile with a great memory of Mom’s face when she said those things. To hear her call her daughter in her 60’s, “Now Baby” was my priced memory.
A Mom, like our Mother, leaves us sometimes in our lives normally, as she did at the start of 2011 but I can assure you she never left our hearts. Each day, something will remind me of her. I know we disagreed occasionally but it is so funny I don’t remember what it was about. I remember the smiles, the laughter, but above all else…..I remember Momma’s love. She made me feel better as a person; she helped me recognize how much our love for God is the key to a happy life. She let me know it was okay to be silly at times; serious at times; but it is necessary for us to be loving at all times. Momma, you are eternally in my heart and I look forward to spending eternity with God and you.
Now for the deeper thought….. Mothers become embedded in our hearts and lives. While you have your Mom; respect her; be good to her; accept her wisdom; be charitable to her; be kind to her; be accepting of her traditional thinking; and above all else, love her and cherish each moment with her as the day will come unless you die first; one more minute to share with her will be your desire.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”
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