To all the dear mother’s of this world-
You may be someone who has given birth, or may have assumed the role of mother in another way.
Just the same, you are God’s love in expression. No matter how old you are, where you are, or who the children are who need you, always be ready to give the reassurance and encouragement, to dry their tears, and to listen to their stories and their discoveries.
There are so many roles to play as a mother; it is impossible to name them all. But most of all is to love unconditionally. Of all the roles you fill in life being a mother is one that has no expiration date.
No matter what your life had been like before, you will never feel the same about yourself. You would give your life in a moment to save your child from any danger. Your hope will be not to accomplish your own dreams, but to watch your children accomplish theirs.
As I mentioned in my writings, before, we had a family of 12 children. Rearing a large family wasn’t always easy for me because I started out at a young age. I was only 17 –years- old when I had my first daughter. I had to grow up and learn a lot along the way as I reared my own seven children and five step children.
Yet they were some of the happiest days of my life. When I think of my little ones sitting on my lap, feeling their soft touch, smelling their sweet breath, watching the sweetness of their precious faces and smiles as they lay sleeping so peacefully in my arms, I can see how very blessed I was. I thank God for all the joys and blessings I had watching them grow and learn.
A mother’s love is something that no one can explain. It’s made up of deep devotion and sacrifice. Sometimes involving very deep pain, along with being patient and forgiving. I wasn’t always the perfect mother; none of us are, for we humans make many mistakes that we later regret. But I learned that as a mother I could never run away from the opportunity to show my children that they are wanted, important, lovable and the most precious gifts that God has given to me no matter how old they grow.
Children also have an obligation to honor and obey. The fifth commandment that God gave to us was to “Honor your father and mother.” (Proverbs 1:8) My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. Jesus also said in Mark 3:34 Behold my mother and my brethren (verse 35). For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and my mother.
The Bible in Proverbs 31:10-31 describes a virtuous woman, or mother. I know it is nearly impossible for any of us to be that perfect, or be able to do all the things these verses imply. But several verses impress me because they remind me so much of my dear mother. Mother was precious, and she looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
My mother was always a faithful wife and a loving mother to her 13 children. She was a beautiful woman of strong and noble character, well respected by her children, grandchildren and by all who knew her.
As a child she went to a one-room schoolhouse and only had an eighth grade education. But she was smart and could always handle the family business and finances.
We lived on a very large farm in Pennsylvania where we farmed nearly 200 acres plus ran a dairy farm.
Mother was such a hard worker who was up early every morning and worked until late at night. She had crops and livestock to care for plus milking the cattle morning and night. Every day was a busy day. We raised all of our food, meats, eggs and everything else that it took to feed a large family.
Mother would jar, freeze and preserve everything she could get her hands on, to hold us over from one year to the next.
Her life was full, and her work was hard, but she loved and cared for her children in a very special way.
She taught us responsibility and I am so thankful for that. She also loved God and taught her children to have faith in God, and to go to church and participate in church activities as a good steward should.
As a teenager I went through some troubled years; yet my mother was always there for me. It was her love and prayers that kept me stitched together, or I wouldn’t be who I am today. She was a remarkable blending of beautiful thoughts and precious memories.
She shared my fears and my tears.
I can look back on my childhood years and realize how fortunate I was to have such a wonderful mother.
My mother passed away on Aug. 27, 2004 at the age of 91. I was by her beside loving her, and humming her favorite hymns to her as she slowly went home to be with the Lord.
Mothers are living proof that some things are priceless. I miss her very much. Today I can say “I love you mom-i miss your beautiful smile, you’ll always be in my heart forever.”
I’m also thankful for my beautiful daughters. All five of them are wonderful, loving mothers. I wish I had the space to pour my heart out about them for I am so proud of them. I even have granddaughters that are very loving mothers as well as some daughter-in laws- they keep on coming.
I’m offering a prayer up to God, for all women who stumble their way into this holiest of callings-Motherhood. And “Lord I pray that whatever path our children travel, bring them, bring all of us, safely home to you.” I wish every mother a very happy and blessed Mother’s Day-from my Hheart.
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