My mom is the most amazing person I know. There is no way I could ever repay her for all that she has given me, and I am not just talking about material things.
Every parent gives their child gifts, not physical gifts, but gifts of character, personality and even habits that will last them a lifetime.
I wanted to share seven gifts that my mom gave to me, some of which she received from her mother.
1. A strong Faith
The question was never asked in my home, "Are we going to church?", it was a given. My mom faithfully serves in her local church and always encourages me to do the same.
But what made the deepest impression on me was her personal, unwavering and devoted walk with God. My mom is not embarrassed about her faith and boldly witnesses wherever she goes.
All of her Co-workers know that she is a Christian and respect her for it. Without my mom's example of her steadfast walk with God and encouragement, I would not be where I am today.
I've never once doubted my mom's love for me; it was always evident by her words and deeds. We have never once hung up a phone conversation or parted without saying "I love you" first. Something I feel that is very important. Her love for me was always a reflection and illustration of Christ's love for me.
My mom's name is "Petra", which means "Little rock"; a true reflection of her nature. She is solid in her faith, steadfast in her walk with God and true to her character. You can depend upon my mom and know that her word is to be counted on.
4. Hard work
My mom taught me the value of hard work and to be thorough in my task. You never did a so-so job when my mom was around. I am so thankful that she did; this gift has served me well throughout all of my jobs and really in every area.
My mom, though she has gone through much in her life, never became bitter but instead reached out with forgiveness. She never allowed hurt to become hate and never held a grudge.
My mom never taught me to give God 10%, it was always more. She also sought to meet the needs of those around her. I watched ,so often, my mom give from her own belongings to help someone else, never holding back. She's never worried about money to pay her bills because she knew that God would meet her needs just as he promised.
I have witnessed many people go through trials, sufferings and heartaches. Many times these people lose their ability to smile. I am very grateful that my mom never did. She never allowed her joy to be stolen from her and I am grateful that she didn't!
Just in case you're wondering, my mom is not perfect but she has, through her example and faithful walk with God, blessed me with these and many other gifts that I will cherish forever and I will seek to pass them on to my children.
I am so glad that God gave me the mom I have and I am proud to call her my friend!
I love you so much, Mom!!!
This is such a sweet poem, I hope you all enjoy and that it brings back many wonderful memories of all the things your mom taught me; I know it did for me!
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake just for me, and I knew that little things are special things.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight, and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked...and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.
How many stay at home moms have been labeled as "Just a mom?" I thought that this was a creative way to let people know that being a mom is a full time job! Please share this with as many moms as possible to let them know just how special they are! I know that I appreciate mine very much!
A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk's office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.
She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
"What I mean is," explained the recorder, "do you have a job or are you just a...?"
"Of course I have a job," snapped the woman, "I'm a mom."
"We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it," said the recorder emphatically.
I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our Town Hall.
The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed a high sounding title like, "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."
"What is your occupation?" she probed.
What made me say it? I do not know. The words simply popped out.
"I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."
The Clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right.
I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words. Then i stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.
"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your field?"
Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't)
in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out).
I'm working for my Masters, (first for my LORD and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more a satisfaction than just money."
There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.
As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants - ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official record as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another Mom."
Motherhood, what a glorious career! Especially when there's a title on the door.
Does this make grandmothers "Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human relations" and great grandmothers "Executive Senior Research Associates?"
I think so!!
I also think it makes Aunts "Associate Research Assistants."
I am just an ordinary girl who is loved by an extraordinary God and I seek to love others the same way. I love to bake, read, do puzzles, watch Hallmark movies, and go shopping with my mom! This blog was created as a place where I could share some thoughts that the Lord has shown me and to be an encouragement to others who desire to know Him in a deeper way. My prayer is to learn to sit still and trust God with my future.
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