Those who are Moms, Moms-in-law, Grandmothers, Aunts and special ladies that have been like a mom in our lives, thank you for the handprints you have left on our hearts! Thinking about this newsletter and praying over the content, I thought about the wonderful generation that came before us and raised us to be the women we are today.
Not just our lovely moms, who God blessed us with, but also the older women in our lives who have left an everlasting blessing on our lives. Sadly, some of them are gone, but we rejoice in the fact we will see them again in heaven. My mom is alive today, almost 89, and one of the gifts she has given me is living a life of faith to a God she holds dear and close. Her strength, especially in hard times, and her absolute joy in the happy times, is something I will always be thankful for and cherish. My aunt Joan, whose gift of laughter and wit, is a big part of my childhood and my life today. I think of my Aunt Jeanne, who taught me to quilt and gave me the love of (or obsession with…) all thing fabric, whenever I finish a sewing project, especially a quilt. My Aunt Carol who shared a love of family gatherings, whether it was fishing, cooking and just getting together for a visit, passed on the gift of hospitality. My Aunt Carolyn still to this day, never forgets a birthday of her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and now, grandnieces and grandnephews. These women, collectively, played a huge role in the woman I am today. Thank you for indulging me as I write about them. I know there are wonderful women in your life that have gone before you, too, and have something to do with the woman you are.
These women we celebrate, I believe, have gone before us and cleared a path for those of us coming up behind them. Their courage, their love, their humility and their faith molded us as we were growing up. I also believe their “MOXIE” trickled down to their sons and daughters (and have further trickled down to their “grands”!) I am just sure of it!
And just a side note, when I think about the things they did not have access to; cell phones, computers, an extra car to drive, etc…, I wonder how they did it. But they did, and happily and simply and sometimes, I think they were more “in touch” with their loved ones than maybe some today….
Please take some time and think about the special women in your life who have left handprints on your heart. And then, thank God for them. He put them in your life at the time you needed them. Remember, too, how their love influenced your love for others and your love for God.
One more mom, a really special one, to mention: Mary, the mother of Jesus. Talk about a role model for love! There are so many beautiful aspects of Mary’s faithful life. Her love for her Son, her obedience and trust in Him, and of course, her painful surrender of Him. One of the verses about Mary that I hold in my heart is Luke 2:19.
“But Mary was treasuring up all of these things and pondered them in her heart.”
I love that! Can you just picture that? Gracious! She had just given birth to a Savior, Our Lord, and instead of being overwhelmed at the magnitude of this birth (not to mention riding on a donkey nine months pregnant and giving birth in a barn…) she “treasured these things and pondered them in her heart”. Wow…
Happy Mother’s Day! What a special day to celebrate the lovely ladies in our lives and to be thankful for each one of them. My prayer is be a blessing to the women we love that come after us. Here’s to treasuring all these things and pondering them in our heart”.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my Mother’s womb. I praise you because I am wonderfully made, I know that full well.”