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Mother's Day thoughts......

(originally posted last year at this time....please forgive the repetition and my over-use of the copy/paste button this week, but......well.....not only due to being slammed with a crazy busy schedule lately....I still have these same thoughts this year as well and you can never read enough Proverbs 31 when reflecting on being a mom, wife, .........daughter of The King!)



So with Mother's Day coming up.....I have been thinking about alot of things beside my "typical" Mother's Day weekend thoughts and plans.

The "typical" ones are......I am going to sleep in both mornings (which usually is only about 7:30....wishing my internal clock had a snooze button)

Then I have a Get out of Jail It's Mother's Day Weekend pass to do pretty much whatever I want. Within reason, of course.....setting fire to the piles of clutter in my home or wracking up a huge bill at Pier One would not be reasonable. Taking off Saturday morning for yard sales, then hitting some nurseries for plants, and treating myself to a special lunch is more likely the reasonable choice I will make. This also gives Josh the opportunity to pick up a few things for me with the kids......and because I am such a thoughtful and gracious wife, I took the burden off of him and gave him a list of suggestions. ;)

I reminded him that he got the low maintenance version for a wife. My list only included home-made soap from a local farm, some new garden snippers and an exercise mat. Easy, huh? I am not a fancy jewelry person, although I "love me" a new choker or simple stone pendant once in a while....I work part-time at a hair salon so I could grab a pedicure/hair treatment whenever I wanted (although I am like the painter whose house needs to be painted)
Point being....have the kids write me a note telling me how beautiful, wonderful and awesome I am much they love me and a bar of patchouli soap and I am thrilled.

Sunday plans include church and maybe coming home to fire up the grill for lunch and just "chill-ax-ing" at home, playing in the dirt and doing a little bit of nothing with my favorite people. :)

But I woke up this morning and two things are on my heart:

1. First, I want to focus on what The Bible tells us in Proverbs 31 about being a wife and mother. These are just a few of my interpretations....
  • I want to give Josh the extra confidence that he needs to know that I support, love and respect him always. I want to try to remember to think before I say something negative or complain. I want to make sure he is reminded that he is an awesome husband, provider and father. Proverbs 31:12
  • I want to dedicate more time helping others this year......and have my children by my side to teach them as well. Proverbs 31:20
  • I want to live my life as the best example to my children so that it will be a positive effect on their future. I want to infuse Godly wisdom every step of the way. For my boys with choosing a wife and how to treat her.....and for my daughter, (who this really won't matter as she will never be allowed to date, according to Josh anyway)....show her the respect she deserves and how she needs to respect/treat her husband. Proverbs 31:26
on a lighter note......I remind Josh that I am def. following Proverbs in other ways already......
  • Proverbs 31:24 ( She makes linen garments and sells them....) I'm a tie dying mama.
  • Proverbs 31:16 (.....she plants a vineyard) well a garden counts, right?
  • Proverbs 31:17 (..her arms are strong for her tasks) working on that...30 Day Shred, baby!
  • Proverbs 31:10 (She is worth far more than rubies) Josh always teases me. He puts his hands out like a scale and bobs them up and down.....he says that he can imagine what it was like back in those Bible days, lol. "Hmmmmm........rubies or Michelle.....yeah, I guess you are worth a little more than rubies."

2. And secondly.....it occurred to me that there are people who are not able to or wanting to celebrate Mother's Day in the way I am blessed to.

I want to pray for:
  • the moms who have sick children, may God grant them peace/strength/trust and believe in the power of prayer/miracles.
  • the moms whose children have went back Home to Jesus, may God comfort and fill that hole in their heart that only Christ can fill and heal.
  • the women who are struggling with infertility, may they trust that God has a plan for their barrenness and may they continue to have faith during their journey.
  • anyone who has had to say good-bye to their mom, may they continue to hold loving memories in their heart and keep them alive by sharing stories with others.
  • moms who are raising their children on their own, may God continue to be your source of strength.
  • and this last group is one that doesn't get thought about often at this time.....the people who have been abandoned, abused, and/or betrayed by their mom. May God bring forgiveness and peace in your heart so that you may your life full of joy, love and hope.
So, with that.....please take a moment to say a prayer for others. Maybe take a minute to call someone who might need a lift this weekend or bring a card/small gift over to them. This one small gesture could be just what this person needed and you can bring light where they might have darkness.

I hope you have the best weekend possible.....may you be surrounded by the family and friends.....and most of all, may you be surrounded by God's Love.

Peace and love
*~Michelle~*

13 comments:

Shirl said...

Thanks for the timely reminder!

Beth E. said...

This post is new to me, so no apologies necessary! ;-)

What a powerful post it is, too! I was especially moved by this part:

"...and this last group is one that doesn't get thought about often at this time.....the people who have been abandoned, abused, and/or betrayed by their mom. May God bring forgiveness and peace in your heart so that you may your life full of joy, love and hope.So, with that...please take a moment to say a prayer for others. Maybe take a minute to call someone who might need a lift this weekend or bring a card/small gift over to them. This one small gesture could be just what this person needed and you can bring light where they might have darkness."

Praying for others is always a good thing, but especially on Mother's Day...thanks for the great thoughts!

RCUBEs said...

This is worth re-reading many times. A great reminder to pray for those who are hurting. Happy Mother's Day to you friend and may the Lord bless you richly and continue to empower you!

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Good post Michelle. My own mother went to be with Jesus in 2004 and so I have to remember what she meant to me. But I also have a wife of 36 11/12 years that I can't just remember but must show...daily...that I love her and cherish her. On a lighter note: I think I would get a kick out of Josh. His humor is like mine (some say sick). I love the rubies/Michelle picture. I almost spit out my baked potato when I read that. I can see it in my mind. :) Hope you have a tremendous MD (as well as all your female readers).

BTW: I agree with Beth's response.

Bina said...

Mmmmm...so many truths that I will have to re-read it over and over to catch them all!!

Thanks for posting this...I am sure that I am not the only one to gain from it!

Happy Mother's Day, my friend.
Bina

Tracy said...

Wonderful Mother's day thoughts. I especially appreciate your practical take aways from Proverbs 31 - you inspire me

Mich said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Happy Mother's day to you, Michelle. You're a very special lady.

And don't feel bad about the cut and paste! This one was new to me, and I appreciated your words!

Faith Imagined said...

Wonderful thoughts for Mother's Day. Your family is blessed to have such a wonderful mama! BTW, I have a friend who was abused, betrayed & abandoned by her mom and Mother's Day is very difficult for her. I know your prayers reached her!

Warren Baldwin said...

Great post. My wife is reading a book now on Prov. 31 by ... Donna Paltro, I believe.

Nezzy said...

What a wonderful post to all women. Thanks!!!

God bless and enjoy this beautiful day!!!

Lloyd said...

I'm a little late for Mother's Day, but just wanted to let you know that your post was very inspiring and uplifting. God bless you. Lloyd

prashant said...

Thanks for posting this...I am sure that I am not the only one to gain from it!
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