“What Moms Do Best”

In just a few days, my daughter will be celebrating her 12th birthday. Time passes so quickly and in another twelve months, I will be the mother of a teenager. As she heads into this new territory, I began thinking about how much she will have to face in the years ahead.  And with it being Mother’s Day weekend, I decided to put those thoughts into a prayer, cause that’s what we Moms do best. We pray for our children…without ceasing.

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First and foremost, keep her safe, Lord. Put a hedge of protection around her always and keep her safe from harm.

I pray that she turns to you when she cannot make a decision on her own. When friends are pushing her to do the wrong thing, I pray she remembers to ask You first …what would be most pleasing to You?

Remain near to her always so that her faith grows stronger. Give her the ability to share with people how amazing You are.

Guide her in her thoughts and actions. If she sees a classmate who is struggling, left out or alone, give her the courage to be that one friend that reaches out to a lost soul.

Lead her to her passion. Show her the gifts you have instilled in her and help her to find a way to use them to her fullest potential.

Let compassion continue to dwell in her heart and freckles cover her cheeks.

Let her mind remain curious about things.

Show her how to be confident but not arrogant.

Let her always be as honest with me in the years ahead as she is now.

She will have struggles. You will use these to show her how to be dependent on You. Go easy on her please. Never more than she can handle or that the two of you can’t handle together.

As she enters her teen years, steer her toward the good boys, even when she seems to want to go in the other direction. Help her discern who is right and who is wrong for her. This one will be a biggie.

And finally, grant her patience with me, as I learn to have continued patience with her. Some days she will hate me. Let those moments pass quickly and remind her that I would walk to the ends of the earth for her.

Amen.

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“Mom’s the Word”

My daughter, my Mom, myself and my Granny (I’m so blessed!)

Mother’s Day – a time to show Mom how special she is. God entrusted women with the role of Mother because he knew it would require patience, kindness, understanding, multi-tasking, selflessness, little sleep, and a lot of wisdom.

Today I salute all Moms:

  • The Mom who works forty hours a week outside the home and the other one hundred twenty eight for her family. Hopefully with eight hours of sleep each night (if she’s lucky).
  • The Mom who stays at home with her children, teaches them and devotes her entire day (and evening) to them.
  • The Mom who takes children who are not her own, into her life and loves them as if she carried them herself for nine months.
  • The Mom who may not have her children at the moment because she isn’t able to take care of them, but is fighting hard to change herself so that she can.
  • The Mom who cared enough to give her child to a family who was capable of giving him or her a loving home because she is too young and not capable.
  • The Mom who may not yet be a Mom but is patiently waiting for God to bring the tiniest of blessings into her life.
  • The Mom who has faced the difficulty of seeing her child returned to God’s loving care way too soon.
  • The single Mom, giving her all for her child, doing without her own needs, so that her child wants for nothing.
  • The Mom who sends her son or daughter off to fight a war that he or she may not return from.
  • The Mom who goes to fight that war, leaving her children behind, praying she will get back safely to see them grow.
  • The Mom who is now a grandmother or great-grandmother but still worries and prays for her child, no matter what their age.
  • The Mom who gives 110% every day to a child with special needs and didn’t give up on him or her just because God made them special and,
  • The Mom who prays with her child every night and teaches him or her the love of Jesus.

Happy Mother’s Day to you all!