Mother’s Day. It’s a beautiful day to give your mommy flowers, a BIG giant card that barely expresses the love and appreciation you have for, eat chocolate, and have a nice breakfast (or whatever your traditions are.)
See that beautiful lady in the blue shirt who is joining in our post-conference happiness of finishing a long week of serving almost 1000 meals? Yep, that’s my mom, and that’s who I am going to tribute today.
Mom, you are my heroine in every sense of the word. I’ve watched other ‘heroines’ on movies, but they just don’t compare to you.
1. Mom, you are compassionate. You are one of the greatest listeners and talkers I know. I still will never forget the time we walked into a store, and the guy at the counter was grumpy. The first thought running through my mind did not assume the best, but you did. You walked up to him, and within 5 minutes, he was crying and sharing the story of the hurt in his heart over several things that happened to his family. I was shocked and humbled. You didn’t brush him off, and you don’t brush anybody off who needs to share their story. You listen. You cry with them, and you are always ready to counsel them with a heartfelt love for the Scriptures and godly, humble advice.
2. My mommy is also one of the most hard working, can do women that I know. If the trailer is broken or it needs new carpet, she orders the new carpet and spends the entire day working on replacing it. She is careful and detailed, and when she takes on a project like replacing carpet, it is with such care and precision that often puts my own ‘do it fast’ mentality to shame. You’ve fixed our appliances, vacuums, tiled, painted, textured, mudded, caulked showers, changed oil, and you are always there to fix and balm the hurting heart of your child, no matter how young or old they are.
3. She is relational. She is always willing to just sit and talk, late in the evening, even though I know that she is a morning person. She gives thoughtful answers. She challenges me to think selflessly, not selfishly, and she tempers my hasty conclusions with her careful and kind words.
4. My mom is also one of the most grateful people I have ever met. She comes into the kitchen every morning with a GIANT smile on her face, and her heart and words radiate gratefulness for the salvation of Jesus Christ, for her children, for her husband, her friends, and her life. This happens, too, when I slink into the kitchen, tired and out of sorts, and my spirit is immediately checked by her beaming rays of thankfulness that shine through the kitchen.
5. Beautiful. Inside and out. Mommy is beautiful. Without makeup, she has a sweet smile, a dark complexion, joyful eyes, and gorgeous black hair that frames her face. She always seems to me like her spirit is getting so much younger. I used to think that 50 was old, when I was young, but not anymore. 😉 (No, I didn’t tell you how old she is.) (I told you how young she is.)
6. Humble. She is a woman who is humble and fears the Lord. She is always ready to quote Scripture and always ready to admit her own faults. She is transparent and open with her struggles, something that has often pierced my spirit to the core, and challenged me to be equally open and willing to confess my own sin.
7. She is also gracious. She is full of grace and truth. She doesn’t jump hastily to conclusions, but she takes time to hear someone out, unlike me, who is ready to pounce with all the speed of a tiger.
8. She is a Proverbs 31 woman inside and out. She is dependable and trustworthy. She is organized and detailed. I’ve learned much from her about keeping a budget, fixing things, scrubbing the mold out of cracks that people wouldn’t notice, keeping the bathroom stocked with toilet paper (seemingly mundane but actually very important), and paying attention to getting water for our house guests.
Really, I could go on and on and on, but this gives you a flavor of how my dearest mother is exemplifying and living out, day to day, the fruits of the Spirit in her life.
Galatians 5:22-23 says, “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
I <3 <3 <3 you dearest mommy! I’m 21, and you will always be my mommy. You are my best friend, mother, confidant, and fellow sister in Christ. HAPPY Mother’s day!!
How are you celebrating Mother’s Day?
What are 3 things you love about your mom?