Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mother's Day

I wanted to tell you a little bit about my mother. She is an amazing woman. If you've ever read Proverbs 31 then you've probably heard about my mom. One of the things that comes to mind when I think about her is her ability to garden. She has an amazingly green thumb. (I did not inherit this trait!) She has such a large garden that she can give fresh organic produce to all of her 4 children's families to enjoy and she usually has enough left over to freeze.

Not only can she grow good fruit in her garden but she has grown some fantastic fruit in the lives she has touched. She has a husband and 4 children, 16 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. All love the Lord! That is the kind of legacy we all need to strive for. She has learned how to love with a God like love, unconditional. If you ever need her to help out (with 6 kids I'm probably one of the most needy in the group) she will be there, changing her own plans to serve you. A true servants heart!

She has been my best friend for my whole life. She is a good listener, gives great advice and is so much fun to shop with. She is always encouraging and compassionate. She will tell it like it is, and she is concerned with the total well being of each family member.

My favorite story to tell is of a day when I was in high school and I had a friend over for dinner. Back then my mom would dim the lights at supper to "hide" the brown (whole wheat) noodles she was serving because back then it wasn't "hip" to eat healthful. So after eating a variety of foods that were out of my friends comfort zone we woke up to have breakfast. As my mom pulled out the brown eggs my friend said, "are we having whole wheat eggs, too?" LOL!! I love you Mom!

My mom has a precious relationship with the Lord. She has her quiet times regularly and it shows by the fruit in her life. If you ever have a biblical question she will gladly take the time to discuss it with you. Her faith is grounded in the Word of God and there is never any disputing the things that He has placed in her heart!

Mom, you are an amazing Woman of Faith, Mother, Grandmother, Great grandmother, gardener, seamstress, chef, nutritionist, nurse, and friend. I have always wanted to be like you. Thank you for your devotion to God and to parenting and health! What precious fruit you have to show for your life! May I be as blessed to bear the kind of fruits that you have. I love you!

PS. I want to encourage you, if your mom isn't like this, you become a woman of faith. You can be the Mom that God intended for you to be. Just make a decision and become devoted to God and reading His word and praying. God is the one who brings about the good fruit!

Proverbs 31:24-29 She makes fine linen and sells it, and delivers girdles to the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her sons rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.


Chatty Kelly said...

At your parents anniversary party, when her children, grandchildren, many got up and spoke, I too thought of the Proverbs 31 woman that your mom is. But I also thought of Abraham. He was the made the father of many nations (descendants as many as the stars.) And I thought of your mom teaching all her children...then they taught not only their spouses and childrens, but friends (like me). And through you I carried the torch on to my spouse and children, and so it will be, that through your mom, many families will be blessed.

And I know your p.s. was written just for me. For it is exactly what your mom said to me at her anniversary party when I mentioned I wish I could have been blessed with such a mother.

So you are bearing the same fruits as your mom! Thank you, and your precious mom, for your blessings in my own life!

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