Mama,Mom,Mother-gift from God

My mother’s  eyes are brown, and shine with tenderness and compassion. Every time I see her looking at me, I feel her love.   She uses her eyes to detect the needs of others,  and to find the positive, more than the negative. Those brown eyes have darted about with humor,  have issued warnings of concern,  have expressed a knowing understanding, and have hinted of  joyous surprises to come.

Matthew 6:22 (MSG) “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light….

Occasionally those eyes have cried with sadness, grief and pain. However, as quickly as the tears appeared, they even more quickly disappeared. She most often has finished a time of crying by saying something funny, or offering a unique perspective, as a way of signaling that despair was finished. Mom isn’t one who spends time talking about others or complaining.  I don’t remember seeing her overwhelmed or frustrated for any length of time.

Philippians 4: 4-7 (NIV) 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

She loves to shop, even if she doesn’t buy anything. She is meticulous with her appearance, and it is always a delight to behold her beauty. She has always maintained a clean, comfortable home and lovely landscaped flowers around the house. Mom can find beauty in the simple, as well as, the profound things of life. Her inner beauty radiates with her words, which are gracious and soft-spoken.  She is utterly supportive of her family, making each of us feel important. Those that know my Mom respect and honor her, because she has first respected and honored them.

1 Peter 3:3-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate]interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes;But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.

She has sent hundreds of greeting cards to encourage others, and has made countless dishes to serve families suffering from grief or sickness.  Our family continues to enjoy her wonderful cooking as well. Forget the restaurants when she has prepared a Sunday dinner! She is a gracious hostess. I learned how to add water to the gravy and cut the meat into smaller pieces, increasing the amount of portions, when unexpected guest showed up at mealtime… and to smile as you served it.  Have you ever walked into a room and smelled cinnamon, either in the food, or from a candle or incense? It is such a warm, inviting smell. You feel comfort, and you want to stay there, appreciating the scent. That is what it is like to enter my Mom’s home.

1 Peter 4:9 (NIV)  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

At 85 she enjoys  Facebook, email, surfing the internet and playing computer games. Mom and Dad regularly attend a Senior Citizen Center for fellowship meals, special events, and game nights. She is still active on a church committee that provides meals when needed. She has recently acquired a laptop computer. Mom is well-informed about political and world events, and able to converse with confident knowledge. She is a huge Atlanta Braves fan and knows the players by name and by the positions they play, as well as the team’s standings. She is vibrant with life and has a spunky humor. Mom, with all her 5′ 5″ self, can climb up in their Chevy Tahoe, and maneuver through city traffic without a qualm. Her middle name is “I have my bags packed and I’m ready to travel”. She and my husband have a long running joke that she is his favorite mother in law…..actually she is his only mother in law.

Psalm 92:12-14 (AMP)12 The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.14 [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].

She has spoiled my dad with her devotion and preference to his needs, and he adores her. She is his loyal friend, and steadfast companion. They are such a good team, both helping the other. Their love was a stable foundation for my brother, sister and I, and now a continued blessing for grandchildren and great-grandchildren to witness.

Proverbs 31:11-12 (AMP)11 The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil.12 She comforts, encourages,and does him only good as long as there is life within her.

Now, after listing all these attributes, there remains an even greater asset about  Mom. I can’t say that, in my youth, I ever perceived her as a strong, spiritual woman. She had always held back that part of her life, hidden in her heart. She just lived it and didn’t say much about her faith. Also, I think it was because, most of the time, life didn’t force her to reveal her strength. That is until she was diagnosed with colon cancer when she was 72.

I remember getting the call about the diagnosis. I went to Mom and Dad’s house, dreading having to face her. I anticipated Mom would be fearful and inconsolable, because after all, we had never experienced the threat of cancer within our immediate family. Mom and I hugged for several minutes and she cried. I cried. Then she took me by the shoulders and told me she was going to be fine. As I wanted to comfort her, she was the one doing the comforting. I saw her strength and determination, as her walk with the Lord became clear for all of us to witness.  Her faith was ready to accept that her God would carry her through this  attack of cancer, and He did. During that time of several surgeries, numerous hospitalizations, chemo, IV’s and chest ports, temporary hair loss, mouth ulcers, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, and pain, I saw that my mom was indeed a strong woman of faith. She handled every ordeal, with courage and hope because she kept her eyes on Jesus. Today she is cancer free.

Proverbs 31:28 (NKJV)Her children rise up and call her blessed;Her husband also, and he praises her…

I’ve been blessed that I was born into a nurturing  family. As I write this post, I realize there are those that will read this who have not had a good relationship with their mother. In fact, you may have grown up without a mother. Here’s the real message I want to share with you. You are loved by Someone who desires to nurture and care for you, even into your old age.  God’s word states:

Psalm 27:10 (CEB)10 Even if my father and mother left me all alone, the Lord would take me in.

God’s love is able to heal your hurts, and fill that lonely ache in your heart. You don’t have to feel remorseful for what has been lost or stolen from your life. He also says in His word:

Psalm 68:6 (GNT)He gives the lonely a home to live in and leads prisoners out into happy freedom…

With or without a good mother, God can cause happiness to abound. He makes all things right. Coming to Him, through His Son, gives you a home and a family that lasts forever. I thank God for my Mom, and for His love through loving moms, and His love… even without loving moms.

connecting, with love

DK

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17 thoughts on “Mama,Mom,Mother-gift from God

    • Thanks Morgan! I wanted to make sure both of my parents understand how much I appreciate and love them. I have already done a post about my Dad. I just checked out your blog and love it! Your engagement story is precious. Kind of reminds me of my daughter and son in law’s engagement story. I would like to add your blog to my sidebar, as a recommended blog. I am trying to connect with other parts of the Body of Christ, and can see your kindred heart throughout your blog. I will be following your post too. God bless you and your husband! Donna

  1. Your post was so inspiring. I’m blessed to have a wonderful mother who is an example of God’s grace and strength also. I hope to do the same for my children. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks for checking out the blog and sending your encouragement. I took the time to look at your blog and was moved by your journey with Him. I will being following your blog and checking out the new blessings you will be writing about as He continues to grace your days while you declare His goodness and rest in His love.

  2. This was special. Very special. I didn’t have the blessing of that type of relationship with either parent, but I’m SO glad I have it with the LORD and with both my late husband and my now husband. Thank you for sharing this!!

    • Your testimony is the message I wanted to say the most. God restores what is broken, stolen or lost. Praising God with you! Looking forward to enjoying your posts. love you Donna

  3. Thank you Donna, I felt Joy in my heart as I read your Post, my life has been a hard one, I will leave you a link. I just Love your respect and loyalty for your Mum and the great Love you have for each other of course is God’s Love uniting you both.

    I have read others share about their Mums on Blogs but this is the first time that I have had a great desire to meet a Mum, I would indeed Love to meet your Mum Donna and give her a hug for a job well done, what a wonderful Mum you have and what a beautiful daughter you are.

    Christian Love from us both- Anne.

    • Hi Anne, my name is Frances. I’m Donna’s mom (blog; Salt Cinnamon and Love). I read your post to Donna about her blog on me. I’m so sorry you had a bad childhood ( read your blog). I would love to meet you and I also would give you a big hug of love. Yes, I do have a beautiful daughter and I love her dearly. It is wonderful to know we have a God who loves us and watches over us every minute of the day. May God bless you and your family.In christian love, Frances.

      • Thank you Frances, for your kindness in thoughts and words, I felt your hug ((( HUG))) it was a big one.

        Yes my life has been hard and I have suffered greatly but some of it I caused myself, perhaps if I had a Mum and Dad who had shared about our Awesome God with me as you did with Donna, my path would not have been so rocky, rejection is soul destroying but now I have no doubt God Loves and wants me and He brings others into my life like you and Donna to remind me He does, thank you again for your faithfulness.

        Christian Love Anne.

  4. Dear Anne, As I read about your childhood, I wept with sadness for what the enemy did to hurt you so very many times. Children who are not under the protective umbrella of the Blood of Jesus are made vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks. Christian parents, or even others, are able to call this protection in for children. Sadly, God is blamed for these tragedies. I am thankful your Dad came to know the Lord, and spoke a blessing over you before he passed. Your testimony of salvation, healing, restoration and blessings moves me to tears as well, but tears of joy! I am reminded of Job’s story, that he was more blessing in his later years, than he was in his former years. So be it for your dear sister….may your years that lie ahead only be filled with His love and favor, and may you continue to voice His praise in the wonderful and impacting anointing God has given you.

    • Thank you again Donna, as I said on my Blog you reflect The Lord’s Love and compassion, I’m very blessed to have met you and your Mum a big Hug for you too ((( HUG)))

      Below is some Scripture that God gave me to hold onto in the dark times when I feel the sharpness of Satan’s arrows and so I know that no matter what I endured or have to endure, I’m not alone and never was.

      Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

      Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

      Lamentations 3: 33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

      Christian Love Anne.

      • Dear Anne, How blessed we are to be able to stand on the Word of God. He is faithful to fulfill everything He says He will do. Our lives reflect His steadfastness and His love. These are precious verses for me as well. love you…Donna

  5. Donna you have done a great job describing mama. We are so blessed to have been born into the family we have and too many times I know that I have taken that for granted. Thanks for the reminder of the wonderful parents we have. Love you!

    • Love you too sister of mine! Yes, we have truly been blessed; not to keep the blessings for ourselves, but to give out blessings to others. I pray to live that kind of life. Getting and giving.

  6. Your mom is indeed a gift from God. A women of love, kindness, generosity, faith and inspiration . You and your family are blessed to have her and for being a priceless gift of her legacy to all.

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