The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:3-5 KJV)
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I have a wonderful mom. She tucked me in at night with a kiss on my forehead, always had a hug for us, snacks on the table after a rough day of school, and I can remember walking in on her kneeling at a chair praying or reading her Bible. As an adult, I can talk to her about things that are going right or wrong, knowing she is praying for my family. She still has a hug for me (the best hugs) and even still buys me stuff when we go shopping 🙂 I have the best.
But this post is actually not about my mom. It’s about me. Sounds weird, but you’ll see.
I was put on a committee for our Mother’s Day service at church this year. We met to organize and plan a special day for all the mothers that come. For the service, I am making a slideshow about the moms from the children in our Sunday School Department. I asked them questions about their moms and will be using their answers in the slideshow. As I’ve been listening to their answers about their moms, I’ve started to wonder, “how would Reagan answer if he was old enough?” Questions like:
What makes your mom happy?
What is something your mom does everyday?
Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
Not only how would Reagan answer, but how do I WANT him to answer? What kind of legacy am I leaving him? I would want him to say things like – “She prays and reads her Bible every day,” and “living for God and being with her family makes her happy.” Would he be able to say (as you know, kids are so honest) these things? Or would it be, “she’s on Facebook every day” and “shopping makes her happy.” Obviously these things aren’t wrong, but what consumes us is what our children will notice. As moms, we have such an important job. We are to keep the home and raise our children. While part of keeping the home is cleaning, etc., it is also keeping it peaceful, full of God’s presence and love. When our family return home from a day full of this world, there needs to be something that meets them when they walk in the door. I think that’s our job. Am I perfect at this? Not even close. But, I hope sharing what God is working on me about, will help someone else.
My challenge for all you moms is to answer these questions in the way you would WANT your child/children to answer them. And start to daily work on becoming that kind of mom.
What makes your mom happy?
What makes your mom sad?
What is something your mom does every day?
What is something your mom says to you every day?
What’s your mom’s favorite thing to do?
Where’s your mom’s favorite place to go?
What is your favorite thing about your mom?
How do you know your mom loves you?
Happy Mother’s Day! I hope every one of you have a very blessed day full of love!