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A Mother’s Heart

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

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I usually do not get too personal in my blogs but I decided to share about my experience as an adoptive mother. My husband and I welcomed two girls who were biological sisters into our home when they were ages seven and ten. There were indeed many challenges with the adoption process and learning to care for two girls that were emotionally and physically abused, but we accepted the fact that God had given them to us to nurture.

You may have given birth to a child but are you the mother that God directs you to be? As you read Proverbs 31:10-30Proverbs 31:10-30
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10 A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband trusteth in her, And he shall have no lack of gain. 12 She doeth him good and not evil All the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool and flax, And worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchant-ships; She bringeth her bread from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, And giveth food to her household, And their task to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it; With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, And maketh strong her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp goeth not out by night. 19 She layeth her hands to the distaff, And her hands hold the spindle. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; For all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sitteth among the elders of the land. 24 She maketh linen garments and selleth them, And delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing; And she laugheth at the time to come. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her, saying: 29 Many daughters have done worthily, But thou excellest them all. 30 Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.

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you will notice there are many attributes that a Godly woman should exemplify.  The passage aptly portrays the perfect wife and mother.

I had a woman contact me recently in frustration that even though she wanted to adopt a child she could not do so because of her past history with the law. She had changed her perspective on life but the past came back to haunt her. She already had biological children but wanted to adopt more. I strongly encouraged her to make it her primary focus to be the best mother she could be to her own children and also to find ways to show love to other children in a motherly way. Thus, she could fulfill the passion in her heart for children.

If you are childless, past child bearing age or do not have any children of your own, there are many ways to reach out to hurting children. There are precious children everywhere just waiting for someone to show them some positive affirmation, attention and love. You might be that bright light in a child’s otherwise drab daily existence.

Let’s show a true mother’s heart to a special child today! Have you considered being a foster parent or adopting a child?

Link to a Facebook page with information on parenting a child . https://www.facebook.com/FosterParentingAdoption

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The Whisper of the Leaves

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  Proverbs 1:8Proverbs 1:8
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8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:

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Our mothers are very important to us. Even though you may not be around your mother on a daily basis, her little voice is constantly in your head and heart. She is always with you.

I found this wonderful description of a mother and her impact on her child’s life. It is from an unknown source.

wb051390“Your mother is always with you. She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well. She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow; she is Christmas morning. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She’s the place you came from, the first home, and she’s the map you follow with every step you take. She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing one earth can separate you – not time, not space . . . not even death.”

My mother has passed away but I feel her influence on my life in everything I say and do. She was gracious and God fearing. Even though she had a physical handicap which limited her mobility, she was an active participant in teaching me to live a Christian life.

Yes, she is the whisper of the leaves as I walk along life’s journey

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Mother Is Love

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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Proverbs 22:6Proverbs 22:6
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6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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states, “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

What does it mean to train? The dictionary indicates that to train is an order of occurrence leading to some result or an orderly succession. In other words, training is a positive step in rearing a child.

mother & cookiesA godly mother has an integral part in teaching her child all the important things in life.  First of all, she will teach her child to remember God, the Creator, above all things. She will also give her child unique and special love and hope that each one will become a personality all their own and enter into a life filled with possibilities.

The incomparable love a mother feels for her child is priceless. How is this love exemplified? She gives . .

  • Laughter to a complacent child;
  • Optimism to a dubious child;
  • Loving discipline to each small misdeed and
  • Encouragement to be all they can be.

A mother does a lot of things: teacher, nurse, counselor, chauffeur, cook, and friend; just to name a few.  She expects nothing in return. It is difficult to understand how a mother can keep up the non-stop pace in caring for her child but she does because of her love for her child.

Yes, mother is love!

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My Mother Taught Me

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

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One of the favorite passages of scripture used in counseling with parents in how to rear their children is Proverbs 22:6Proverbs 22:6
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6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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NAS, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

I had a godly mother who taught me many things in life and, most importantly, taught me to love others and to love God. Even as great as my mother was she had those little sayings that sometimes made you stop and think about your behavior.

To celebrate mothers everywhere I am posting these unique quotes. I am sure your mother may have said some of the same things to you. If your mother is still alive, be sure to thank her for all the wonderful things she has done for you or, if she is deceased, let others know how great she was.

The following sayings are from an unknown author:

1.   My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

2.    My mother taught me RELIGION.  “You better pray that this will come out of the carpet.”

3.   My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

4.   My mother taught me LOGIC. “Because I said so, that’s why.”

5.   My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

6.   My mother taught me FORESIGHT. “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

7.   My mother taught me IRONY. “Keep on crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

8.   My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

9.   My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA. “You’ll sit there until all that SOUP is gone.”

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER. “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.  “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE. “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION. “Stop acting like your father!”

15. My mother taught me about ENVY. “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. “Just wait until we get home.”

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING. “You are going to get it when you get home!”

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”

19. My mother taught me ESP.  “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

20. My mother taught me HUMOR. “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.  “You’re just like your father.”

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS. “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”

24. My mother taught me WISDOM. “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

25. And my favorite:

My mother taught me about JUSTICE. “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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Wanted: A Mother

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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You have probably seen those funny “Help Wanted” ads in various publications, especially around Mother’s Day, stating that a mother is wanted. The article usually indicates that a mother has to serve various functions on a twenty-four/seven, three-hundred-sixty-five days a year basis including being a nurse, lawyer, doctor, teacher, mechanic, counselor, janitor, chef, landlord, peace officer, coach, intercessory prayer warrior, cheerleader, mediator for non-concurring testimony, finance manager and jailer.  A great mother is indeed all of those and more.  Oh, by the way, she must also work for free!

As the mother of three now-grown daughters, I can vouch for the fact that at times motherhood can indeed seem to be daunting especially when you still have young ones at home.  Some women go into this awesome task feeling overwhelmed.

The Bible says that children are precious gifts from God. At times when your child is misbehaving you wonder what kind of a precious gift they are!  Somehow you find it within yourself to continue to love and appreciate their uniqueness.   The Bible attributes much to a mother.  Proverbs 31:28Proverbs 31:28
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28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband [also], and he praiseth her, [saying]:

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states, “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her.” One of the most important things is to live an exemplary Christian life before them.  As the old adage goes, “what you are speaks so loud, I can’t hear what you say”.

A mother should continue to love, nurture, care for and encourage her children no matter how old they are.  They will always be “in your heart” as long as you live.  This position has great fringe benefits: children and grandchildren to love and assist you in your golden years.

Let’s strive on a daily basis to be the mother God wants us to be.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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