Today, on this 12th day of May, we celebrate the brave women in our lives…the ones who sacrificed their careers, who sacrificed their time, their energy and sometimes their sanity to raise us, to invest in us, to love us wholly.
On this day we celebrate such women with flowers and family brunch plans and pedicures and good food shared with friends and family. How I wish I could be there with my mama today, to engage in laugher shared over brunch, to pamper ourselves with pedicures, to simply enjoy each other’s company. But here we are, with these 600+ miles between us…and my words that fail to illustrate just how grateful I am for the woman that I get to call mama!
Mama, thank you for loving me wholly. For being my friend when everyone else turned their back. Thank you for always pointing me to Jesus. For challenging me to press into Him and discover my faith for myself. Thank you for giving me space to find my life, so that I could choose on my own, to lose it for His sake (Matthew 10:39). What a journey it’s been…the laughter, the tears, the questioning, the beauty, the blemishes, the brokenness, the victory– you’ve held my hand, asked me hard questions, challenged me to press into the discomfort, held me tight, and loved me wholly. Words cannot begin to describe how thankful I am for your hand in my life. I can only hope that I will carry on the beauty of your life in mine…that others might see the same wisdom, beauty, strength and mercy in me. Thank you for choosing to accept the great responsibility of raising another human…of partnering with the hand of God to embrace motherhood and all its glory. Thank You.
“Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse into the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it’s soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,–she would see that in all God’s world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others’ hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.”