TODAY THE WORDS
are IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MOMS.
Today is the official day to recognize Mothers, Moms, Ma’s, Mommas, Mamas, and so many titles in so many languages. I think everyday should be Mother’s Day. I thought I would share a story with you to show you how much and how far a Mother will go for their child or children. While you are reading this story, I expect most and maybe all of you will have similar stories of love and caring. Here goes:
When my daughter Missy was born in Germany, no one in our family was there to see her birth or see her except in photos until she was 2 1/2 months old. Ralph, Missy’s Dad was in the Army but got called home early from his tour when his Dad suffered a broke foot and since he was a farmer whose crops were ready; Ralph got an early out to come home and get the crops harvested. This meant a lot of hurry up and pack. In the haste, Missy and I were on a separate flight and Ralph on a military flight. Missy was in the stage of spitting up a lot and with the flight being over 10 hours (slower than current flights) and by the time we made it from NY to Atlanta; I only had one bottle of formula left; she was in her last outfit; and I was completely worn out. Now, I am not a whiner and never have been; but that night this was one whipped young lady. Ralph was supposed to call when his plane got to the states; but from some mishap; he couldn’t call my Mother’s house to let her know when my plane was flying into Atlanta for my Sister and her husband to meet me. I land in Atlanta, get to Baggage claim with undoubtedly the heaviest infant carrier but I was only worried about my baby. I hadn’t eaten but that was okay; my baby needed formula, diapers, and I didn’t want her in anything but clean clothes. I called my Mother from a pay phone (before cell phone days) and her reply was, “Oh baby, where are you?” I knew I was in trouble; I was alone in an airport with my little baby in need; and no one was there to meet me; I had no place to go; and it was 3 1/2 hours from my hometown. My Mother told me not to worry; they would figure something out and to call back in about 15 minutes.
I am looking around in the baggage claim and I am crying, not for me but for my little bundle of life, Missy, who was sleeping after the last bottle, and had on the last diaper. I prayed, “Dear Lord, please take care of my baby and get us to a safe place.” I called back and Mom remembered a long time friend who lived in Atlanta (amazingly not far from the airport) who had given her telephone number to Mom and said, “If you are in Atlanta come visit me or if you ever need anything, give me a call.”
What do you think Mom did? She called her friend and didn’t hesitate to ask for help. It was not only her grandchild in need; Mom’s baby, I was in need. Her friend’s son came to the airport, found me, called me by name and I jumped up. When we got in the car, I asked could we stop at a store and get the needed items for Missy. My sister Juanelle and Troy had jumped in the car and headed to Atlanta. I got Missy her diapers and formula and we stayed comfortably while waiting for my family to come get me. God had already seen we were going to need help and had placed Mom’s friend there to help. I guess God knew there would be several Moms who would not let anything get in the way of taking care of the children.
Now for the deeper thought…..It is indeed a wonderful blessing to be a Mother and I can tell you, no matter what else I ever accomplish; all other accomplishments pale to me being Missy’s Mom. My Mother, who is in Heaven now, sacrificed so much for her children and loved with a true Mother’s heart. She was a substitute Mother for other young people who needed a Mother figure to listen. God is Our Heavenly Father and He listens and He makes a way for Mothers to take care of His Children who He gives the honor of being called Mother, Mom, Momma, Mama, etc. If you are blessed to have your Mother alive; please do not hesitate and put off doing whatever you can to take care of her and love her all the days you are blessed to have her. LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE; and LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST BY SHOWING YOUR MOTHER YOU LOVE HER.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Proverbs 31:25-30 ESV
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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