As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, I’ve been taking some time to reflect upon how grateful and blessed I am my for Mother.
One of the fondest memories I have of my Mom while growing up, is that she would sit every night in her rocking chair with her Bible, reading God’s Word and praying for each one in her family. My Mom was faced with many challenges and had many difficult roads to walk in her life. However, no matter what the situation, she always put the Lord first in her life and leaned on Him during the hard times, she taught myself, and my two older brothers to do the same.
In September of 2012, we were saddened by the fact that Mama had received the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Things are different now, my Mama no longer lives in her own home, but rather an assisted living home, where they can give her proper care. Her short term memory is not the same. The days of the week often blend together for her, remembering new faces is very difficult, and simple tasks have now become a demanding chore.
She longs to turn back the pages of time to when her parents and brothers and sisters were still alive. The days of long ago are like they were just yesterday for her, and she wishes she could join her loved ones there.
As our family is learning to adapt to the changes that this awful disease brings. I have come to realize that it’s so important to slow down, to stop focusing on things that don’t matter, and create a lifetime of memories with those that do.
No matter what the situation with your mother, take time this Mother’s Day to let her know how much she means to you. Take the time to honor her and let her know she’s loved and cared for. Move past any unsettled issues and start with a fresh slate in your relationship with your mom.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
Exodus 20:12 ESV
I’ve learned that time is a precious commodity and we never know when it might be taken away from us. Let’s make each minute we spend purposeful and intentional as we serve and love the precious mothers in our lives.
This picture was taken of my Mama when she was just a toddler, on her family’s wheat farm in Kansas.
I want to challenge you to take these acts of service and honor and have them reach beyond Mother’s Day. Take it to the Lord in prayer and ask Him how you can love your mom the way Christ wants her to be loved, throughout the entire year. When our children see us treating our moms with respect, they will learn by our actions, and see how to treat us, their moms, in return. This Mother’s Day change the course of your family’s destiny by creating a legacy of special memories that will last a lifetime.
Now it’s time for the second annual Mother’s Day Blessing!!
This Mother’s Day Woman to Woman Ministries, and 20 other bloggers have joined together to honor all moms by holding the second annual Mother’s Day Blessing Giveaway. One mother will win two months of maid service and a necklace from The Rusted Chain. To enter the giveaway please read the following rules, and enter through the Rafflecopter form below. Happy Mother’s Day!
Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US residents only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated by Facebook. By entering this giveaway, you agree to release Facebook, Woman to Woman Ministries and all participating blogs of all liability. If winner does not have a maid service local to her, she will be forwarded the equivalent value of $240. Contest ends at 12:01am EST on May 11, 2014. Winner is randomly chosen by Rafflecopter and will be emailed.
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