Over fifty years ago God ordained my time, place, and gave me a Mother as seen in Psalm 139: 13 You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb
I am extremely grateful for the bravery of my mom who chose life as today I realize her decision created a difficult road for her. Her choice allowed me to have a place in this world.
Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” These are my sentiments as I know the road I’ve traveled has allowed me to be who I am today.
When one spells mom upside down, it spells wow. Indeed being a mother is wowful 😉 I am thrilled to have my mom here in Austin this week so I can celebrate Mother’s Day with her. Grateful for her love and support in my life. It beautiful how our relationship has grown over the years. I love you dearly.
I have one biological sister and a step sister. I appreciate how God has knitted our hearts closer together as we have grown and matured. My mother’s mom in the generational photo is no longer with us but is not forgotten on this day of remembrance as without her, well there would be no mom or me.
July 12, 2012 I became a spiritual mother to my sister 😉 when she accepted Christ. It’s been a blast to watch her love for Christ increase. I’m so proud of her.
As a family normal is totally overrated.
When I met my husband, the unexpected gift I was given was an incredibly generous, accepting mother-in-law. I am madly in love with her only child, my husband, Jon. Thank you for always being there and for loving me like your own. If you weren’t my mother-in-law I’d choose you as my friend.
One of my greatest callings and blessings has been being a mother to Cayley, Courtney, & Caryn. Indeed children are a gift from the Lord and I am so thankful for my gifts.
Having two independent adults I am amazed that they have become my best friends. I only wish they lived in closer. I have learned so many truths from Caryn and Courtney as their lives are a living example of what it truly looks like to have a thriving relationship with Jesus. 3 John 1:4 puts it this way, “I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.”
Motherhood has been the most incredible job that God gave me to do. It has been through the task of bringing up my daughters that I have matured and learned to love abundantly, to be selfless, and gracious. Oh I still have much to learn as my youngest reminds me 😉
I thank God that He knew I was far from ready for the empty nest by blessing us ten years later with our Cayley.
I am so proud of who my daughters have become, are becoming, and how they make the world a better place to be. To the world, a child is only one person, but to a mother, her child is the world.
It’s because of my daughters I have the greatest privledge of being called “Mother.”
There have been many women who have graciously, laboriously, and lovingly invested in my life and for this I say thank you. I am unable to adequately pay them back but I pay it forward by following your example of investing in others.
From my experience, there are many who do not have a mother due to death or abandonment. Others have strained relationships or are geographically separated from their mothers. Regardless, it has been my privledge to pour into the lives of women that God has brought into my life. I am grateful for the many ways God had made me a spiritual mother. It is a privilege to nurture and invest in the relationships of many college students, friends, and others over the years. I am in awe of those who have made significant steps toward Jesus as a result of God using me in their lives. It is an unspeakable joy to journey alongside others, helping them nurture their relationship with the Lord and experiencing more of his love in the process. The blessing of spiritual motherhood is the reminder that you are making a difference in the lives of others and they are loving and following Him. Romans 15:13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As women, we are called to both mother and to be mothered regardless of our age or what season of life we are in.
It’s been said “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring: all of which have the potential to impact the life of others.”
May we all desire to deeply invest in others.