Mom's are the BEST!

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She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:27-29

As I sit here this morning looking at such a beautiful sunrise, I am thinking about Mother’s day. Mother’s day; a day to honor mothers. What a funny thing, because you know what happens, mom’s everywhere are cleaning their houses and getting ready to serve brunch for their families. That’s what mom’s do; they DO. They work hard to care for the family and make sure everyone feels special and loved.

On Mother’s day, mom’s everywhere will be ironing their son’s shirt for church, braiding the hair of their daughter and rolling the cat hair off their husbands so that everyone can get out the door looking good for church while she sits with a uncombed hair in a wrinkled dress with cat hair stuck to it BUT she’s smiling. She smiles with pride as she looks at her family all lined up in the pew. That’s just what mom’s do, they love sacrificially and they do it every day regardless of whether it’s Mother’s day or not.

Moms are amazing. They can find the lost mouth guard, while cooking dinner, while talking on the phone with Grandma and answering the door for the neighbor kid who is selling Girl Scout Cookies. She can find the ketchup that no one else seems to be able to see in the fridge and she can kiss a “boo boo” like nobody else. Moms give up going to the bathroom alone, showering alone and basically anything that normal people do alone for the child who needs them. Moms can make solar system out of toothpicks, marshmallows and paint at 9 o’clock at night the evening before the project is due and get an A on it! Mom can read a book to one child while bathing another and helping the other learn to tie his shoe. Moms are women of many hats; chauffer, cook, teacher, nurse, entertainment director, counselor, housekeeper, laundress, gardener and veterinarian to whatever animal might have captured the heart of their child. That might even include bugs and worms!

Moms of all shapes and sizes are all-star baseball players as they slide across the floor to catch a pacifier or Sippy cup before it hits the floor. They are the champion basketball players who can shoot a dirty diaper into the garbage at 20 feet away while holding a naked, kicking and screaming child. They are the overweight and underpaid cheerleaders, constantly encouraging and cheering from the side lines of their children’s lives. They are the ones who tell you that you can do it and that you are good. She thinks your pathetic picture is perfect. She buys a frame to place it in. She thinks your project was the best even though no one else did. She thinks your goal into your own teams net was perfect even though everyone else is mad at you. She loves you when it seems no else does. Moms are the best.

And no matter what kind of mom you have or have had, your mom loved you. How can I say that with such assurance; because she gave birth to you. Moms give a sacrificial love right from the moment they get pregnant and in our society today, they can decide if they want to stay pregnant or not. So if you are reading this today, you had a mom that loved you enough to endure her belly stretching into the size of a basketball that was sitting on top of her bladder for at least a few months. She gave up her body so yours could rest in hers.  She had to waddle around and give up looking at her feet for a good solid month. And she endured the pain of labor and if she did give you up for adoption then she had to love you enough to do that too. Don’t think for one minute that that wasn’t hard after she felt you move within her. Don’t think she didn’t fall in love with your little foot that was kicking her ribs day and night. Don’t think for one minute that you never had a loving moment with your mom because you did when in the middle of the night you slid around in her womb and woke her. It was just you and her at that moment. A moment that can only be shared by a mother and child.

Moms give of themselves and love with a sacrificial love and with that we see a glimmer of the love of God. Only a glimmer because even our moms’ love is imperfect but it always includes a sacrifice of some sort. Even if only at our birth.

Many of us learn to love from our moms. We learn to give of ourselves. We learn to consider others before ourselves. And that is how we learn about God’s love. We learn from our moms that love is something you do and not something you just say. As we get older we learn that life isn’t all about us from watching our moms’ give of themselves. We see her cook and clean to make the holidays fun, even on Mother’s day.

I am blessed to have a mom who was and is all these things. She didn’t do everything perfect but I have always known that she loved me. Sometimes I thought she loved me too much but now I know as I think about my own kids, how can we love too much? Was God’s love for us too much? Too much that He would die for us?

For all the moms out there, YOU are amazing! You might not feel like the perfect mother but you are the perfect mother to the kids God has given you. Those kids might not even be your own. But God in His infinite wisdom gave them to you to love. So do it with His love when yours might seem to be wearing off. Do it with confidence that God will be there for you to help you along the way. Do it with faith and most importantly, keep pointing your kids to the love that is perfect – God’s!

I am blessed to be a mom to three very imperfect kids who I love with all my heart. You kids have shown me how to love sacrificially and for that, I am eternally grateful for YOU.

Have a blessed Mother’s day everyone! Love your mom today and go out and do something that tells her how much you appreciate her. Make breakfast, clean the house, or take her out after helping her comb her hair, iron her dress and rubbing the cat hair off her! Smile with pride at the Mom God has given you!

For those who have lost your mom. My heart goes out to you today. I know as my own mom gets older how it must leave a hole in your heart to have your mom gone. But know this, you will see her again and today, she is listening to a choir of angels sing over her in Heaven. So be thankful to God for the salvation He brings through Jesus Christ. It makes our goodbyes only “see ya laters”.

With such love,

Sue

Jesus Christ is my biggest passion.  It is one of my greatest joys to share that passion with others through teaching, bible study, speaking and writing.  It is my hope that others will know the love of God in Christ Jesus.  But I will be honest, I didn't start out that way it has been a process that God has been working in me for quite some time. He takes the glory even for my passion.

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Written By: Sue Oberg

Jesus Christ is my biggest passion.  It is one of my greatest joys to share that passion with others through teaching, bible study, speaking and writing.  It is my hope that others will know the love of God in Christ Jesus.  But I will be honest, I didn't start out that way it has been a process that God has been working in me for quite some time. He takes the glory even for my passion.

www.ontheottoman.com