For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully
and wonderfully made; your works are
wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your
thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
This Sunday millions of mother’s will celebrate their special day. Motherhood is a lifelong calling that is full of every emotion known to man; from indescribable joy to overwhelming sadness, and everything in between. My journey of motherhood, and now as a grandma as well, is one that in many ways (though not all of course) has described who I am.
I became a mom at a mere 18 years of age and had NO IDEA just what was involved in fulfilling this role. I found myself QUITE overwhelmed with a baby who didn’t know the difference between night and day (a common thing I later learned, haha) every two hour feedings that ALWAYS ended in a spit up mess, and constant diaper changes (back in the day when that involved cloth diapers, plastic pants, and safety pins). For weeks it seemed my life completely revolved around feedings, diaper changes, lack of sleep, and yet more diaper changes that never seemed to stop. But one day, that sweet little baby smiled up at me and my heart melted and love that can’t be understood until you stand in those shoes filled my very being and I have never been quite the same.
But as I began to add more babies to my busy life I LONGED for the day with a minute to myself. I found it didn’t exist (even in the bathroom) and life became a juggling act. Meals, laundry, school and homework, car pools, sports events, orthodontics, doctor visits, and birthday parties and on and on the list went. I tried to mix all this in with being a wife, a daughter, and a just a woman with interests of my own, and found it very difficult indeed. A mother’s job involves so many different roles I leaned. She is a cook, a nurse, a councilor, a friend, a referee, a cheerleader, a comforter, an encourager, and most of all a teacher and these are just to name a few. These middle of the road years were so full and busy for me, that while I was going through them I was quite certain life would never change and I would always be on a treadmill running, never quite making it to where I was going.
But suddenly they were teenagers and a whole new set of challenges became my world. Driver’s licenses, parties and dating, college choices and career decisions found me on my knees and begging the Lord for His protection and longing for the days when I knew just where they were all the time and a kiss made everything better. And then it seemed as though things began to finally fall into place. Graduations, jobs, weddings, and even babies of their own filled my days.
THE BEST KIDS EVER
JAMES, JOHN, MELODY & JOE
My life with my children and now my grandchildren is a gift from my Lord that I will never be able to thank Him quite enough for. They have filled it with so much love and joy, laughter and sweetness of life that I know I have been truly blessed. My own precious mother has been all of these things to me and so much more. The older and older I have become the more my understanding and appreciation for all she has done for me has grown and I love her with a love that still continues to grow. May all the mother’s reading this have a WONDERFUL MOTHER’S DAY and may God’s face shine upon you all.
Psalm 127: 3, 4 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth
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