Monday, May 11, 2009

Encouragement for Mothers

I had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday! How about you? I took a bunch of pictures -- but I forgot that I didn't have the memory card in my camera, so I won't be able to share any of them with you. :(

My daughter, Ashlyn, was home for the weekend, so that was a nice treat!

Because of some issues which I won't go into, we decided to do something different this year, and we had church at home with just our family! We watched Charles Stanley on TV, and he had a great sermon on a mother's influence on her children and the need to impart spiritual values to your children before they are indoctrinated by the world. We followed it with some good family discussion and then the children thanked me for the ways I had sacrificed for them and invested in their lives and taught them all at home, giving them a good spiritual and academic foundation for life. Of course, that was the highlight of my day! :)

Then, the older kids worked together and made a fabulous dinner, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed! Josh grilled terriyaki salmon, which was served with parmesan orzo pasta, baked sweet potatoes, and a huge tossed salad full of lots of delicious veggies! For dessert, we had pound cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream and some hazlenut coffee! Yum!! Then, I opened my gifts and home made cards, which is always fun!

After that, the children cleaned up the kitchen! Hooray! Then, Ashlyn got on the road headed back to Atlanta for the second week of her photography course; Alan headed to our room for his regular Sunday afternoon siesta; Josh and Joe made plans with friends; and the rest of us went swimming! It was my first time in the water this year -- the water finally warmed up enough for me to give it a try! It was 85 degrees == refreshing and perfect! Tiffany and I swam some laps, so hopefully we burned off some of the calories we consumed!

Being a mother certainly has its rewards, but the day-in-day-out responsibilities and never-ending work can be draining and exhausting. Sometimes we mothers give and give and give of ourselves, until we have nothing left to give. I want to bless every mother reading this blog with a refreshing drink of encouragement in the form of a beautiful poem written by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies. If you have never visited her website, please do!! You will be so encouraged and inspired!!!

His Compassions Fail Not

Dear manager of the home, beloved of the Lord,
Your power as a mother cannot be ignored,
You are the heart and the Queen of your home,
Making a haven of love so your children won't roam.

As you nurture and teach your children each day,
Train them, discipline them, and oversee their play,
May you be filled with joy and overflowing with love
That God has given you these "gifts" from above.

Each precious child is a special blessing from the Lord.
You will no longer ever have time to be bored!
You have the greatest career in all of the land,
As you teach your children to follow God's command.

Lift up your head; be proud of your calling,
It's an eternal work and totally enthralling.
Oh yes, I know you often feel tired and worn,
But keep confessing God's promises, His truth He has sworn.

"The joy of the Lord is your strength," God has stated,
And whatever He promises cannot be negated!
As you shine with His Joy, you'll be a testimony to all
That embracing children is God's perfect will and call!

Don't be intimidated by those who haven't embraced God's way,
And who limit their children and leave them each day,
As you receive God's "rewards" and at home with them stay,
You will be a beacon light to save others from going astray.

Your sweet, gentle spirit is very precious in God's sight,
As you serve in your home with all of your might.
You are revealing the spirit of Jesus the King
Who showed us an example by serving in everything.

May God bless you and strengthen you each new morning,
May you know His faithfulness each new dawning,
May God's presence be with you in a mighty measure,
As you train your "arrows" for God's purpose and pleasure.

Nancy Campbell

1 comment:

busymomof10 said...

Check out my sister's awesome Mother's Day post!!

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