I would like to give a second tribute to my beautiful Mom & Best Friend this Mother’s Day. You may read my first tribute here.
As a girl, I remember hearing the deep admiration in my mother’s voice as she shared childhood memories of her grandmother.
My great-grandmother was extraordinary! She was monetarily poor, but she was rich! She had Jesus & a love so deep nothing else mattered.
Having lost her husband to an unexpected death, betrayed & shunned by his family, then left to raise her small children alone, she still showed her faith in God!
The most beautiful thing about this story, is that my great-grandmother was instrumental in raising the beautiful woman I am honored to call my mother.
The sole survivor of a twin pregnancy, my mother started her life alone, yet strong.
Losing her father to death at a young age thrust her into a childhood of heartbreak.
Loved by a mother who was unable to take care of her, she was graciously raised by her maternal grandmother.
From her grandmother she learned of God, through the life-example set before her:
- The deep love.
- The sacrifices made.
- The working hands, eager to help.
- The kind eyes & listening ears.
- The heart of gold.
- The hymns sung, while comforting arms enveloped her little body as she sat on her grandmother’s lap.
- Jesus. He was a living part of her grandmother’s life & thus became the same for her.
My mom learned from her grandmother how to make the best of every situation & how to turn to Jesus for everything.
She didn’t have an acclaimed “glamorous” career; she gave it up to raise me. Yet in my eyes, she had the best job in the world & did it with absolute excellence.
She took on the role of motherhood so naturally! For someone who wasn’t raised by her mother, it’s a true testimony of what God can do with a yielded heart. When I think of motherhood, I first think of my mom & what an incredible mother she’s always been!
This Mother’s Day, I want to honor the woman she has allowed God to make her into: A true woman of God.
When I read Proverbs 31, my mom is the one woman in my life who I can say, truly lives this passage, through the strength of the Holy Spirit.
I am so immensely proud to call her my Mom.
I remember as a girl being asked to name my hero.
While all my friends picked celebrities, I chose my mom; I still do.
The greatest compliment I’ve ever received is when I was told
“You’re just like your Mom.”
She’s my best friend, my Confidant & my Hero.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!
You mean the world to me.
I am who I am today, because you chose to let God work in your life
& make you into an incredible woman & mother.
I love you!