“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25 NIV.
Standing in a Hallmark Card store, my mother laughing as she reads the cards, such a vivid memory. Oh, how my mother loved to laugh. She loved cartoon shows on Saturday mornings, Tweety Bird one of her favorites. A picture of my mother in a gold-colored dress is one of my favorites. She was bold in how she approached life.
A mother’s love is comparable to God’s love; I remember a saying, “God couldn’t be everywhere, so He created mothers.” We know this is not true, God is omnipresent, but the gist is just how wonderful a mother and her love and what a hard job it is to be a mom.
My mom was the kindest, most loving person. She was wise, wonderful, and caring, and her actions matched her words.
She emphasized three lessons to me over and over:
- Love God
- Prayer is Most Important
- Giving a Must
My beautiful mother loved with an everlasting love, the same love that God has for us. She was my cheerleader and encourager. No matter what I did, kindness and love guided her actions. For example, when I was twelve, she noticed some items in my playroom she hadn’t purchased. She lovingly corrected me, made me apologize to the manager of the store, and then I had to regain her trust. A mother’s role ensures we grow up as responsible adults and is not always easy.
Prayer is Most Important
Prayer was a gift she gave me. She prayed for everything. My dad struggled, and she faithfully prayed for him to turn his life over to God completely. She prayed daily for him for fifteen years, and he dedicated his life back to God when I was seventeen. Her prayer life was vibrant, and her prayers for me and my brother kept us safe.
Lastly, giving was her love language; whether it was a glass of tea or a bowl of beans, she shared her life with others. We often had a relative staying with us. Most importantly, she demonstrated Jesus to others. She gave more than she received, yet if you asked her, she would say, “You can’t outgive God.
Sadly, my mom passed away when I was twenty-five; she loved her family, especially her grandchildren. I’ve so many beautiful memories of her, but the one I love the most is her standing in a Hallmark Card Store laughing at the cards. She truly loved her family and her God. Her legacy of love, prayer, and giving is one I try to emulate. Yes, I want to be bold for God.
“Father God, thank You for the mom you gave me. Thank You, she always prayed, and she loved the same kind of love, the type of everlasting love. May we demonstrate love, prayer, and giving to others as she did. Help us to be bold. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
What is God asking you to do in your relationship with your children?
Diana Rockwell is a retired nurse, married for fifty years, has two sons, five grandchildren and her faithful fur baby, Tory. She volunteers for Proverbs31, Compel, and Bible Study Fellowship. Her weight loss journey can be found in, ” Your Life Still Counts”, by Tracie Miles. She has written for Heart Wings Blog and has been published in the Heart “Wings” Devotional. Connect with Diana at http://www.diana2rockwell.com.
We thank you, Diana, for contributing to this month’s publication of Titus-two.com, talking about “A Mother’s Love.”
You are loved to Heaven and Back ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary