Mother's Day

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I have the honor of knowing a woman who has been battling stage 4 cancer for several years.  She is remarkable.  She fights beautifully…not just fights this stupid cancer, but fights for her children in a culture that too often fights against them.  She fights for her faith in a way that inspires me to do the same.  And, in the midst of tremendous struggle and heartache, she fights to maintain the sort of gritty, buoyant, dogged hope that epitomizes who she is.  I want to be more like her.  And can’t say enough what a privilege it is to be a part of her life and the life of her girls.

I honestly am not willing to entertain the idea that she will go home to heaven any time soon.  I’m sometimes not the most helpful counselor because, whenever she brings it up, I can’t help but dissolve into tears.  However, true to her courageous form, she recently asked me to come up with several prompts for her to write journal entries for her girls.  I cried the whole time I wrote them, and when I gave them to her.  Her response was, “You need to share these with everyone!  They would be helpful for any mom in any stage of life.”  

And so, because I would do just about anything for her, here they are.  I hope they can be something for you to think and pray on, this Mother’s Day weekend.  You can use them for the boys or the girls in your life.  Your kids need to know you as a person, and not just a parent.  They need to hear what inspires you…who God has called you to be and who you believe God has called each of them to be.

You’ve got a lot of courage, too.  Melissa, David, and I are all three inspired by you and all that you do on a daily basis.  Just like this mom, you are fighting hard.  You’re fighting for your children when the world is often fighting against them, as well.  We see you.  We know that it’s tough sometimes.  We think you’re doing great.  They’ll tell you that one day.  But, for now, know that we’re on your team.  God is, too…fighting right beside you.  Fighting for you.  In fact, He’s already won.  He loves and delights, not only in your children, but in you.  He rejoices over you with singing on this day and every day.  Blessings to you and on you this Mother’s Day.  We’re grateful for you.

3 things I see in you…

I want you to remember…

What I want for your marriage…

But if it takes a long time, or if you don’t get married…

What I wish I knew as a mom…

What I love about being a woman…

My favorite books…

My favorite songs…

My favorite hymns…

Jesus is to me…

What I believe is most important…

What I never want you to forget…

You will be…

You are…