Motherhood looks differently for each of us. I often blog about my three kiddos. Besides God and my husband, my kids are the inspiration of my life. God gave me an opportunity of a lifetime when he allowed me to raise His kids.
As I reflect this Mother’s Day on some great mothers. I think of three women.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is my source of perseverance and trust. I know that Catholics have a connection with Mary that other Christians do not understand. So let me explain. Have you ever asked someone to pray for you? You know kind of like a “prayer warrior” friend. This friend will always take the time to send your prayers to God for you. You know this; that is why you want them to pray for your concerns. They are your “go to” person. Mary is this for Catholics. Who better to ask Jesus for help, than His own mother? Mary is perfect. In my picture of Mary, she is the “Ideal Wife” described in Proverbs 31. To me she seems soft spoken, but yet wise. She sees God’s plan even through turmoil. She perseveres through even the worst scenarios in life, yet still trusts that God will prevail. She said, “yes” to being a mother in less than desirable circumstances. After all she was betrothed to Joseph (not married), she would be the mother of God’s child who was destined to die, and she made these huge decisions all the while being young and naive. So when I need prayers, especially for my family, it only seems natural to ask Mary to go nudge Jesus for me. For me, Mary is my source for the “perfect” mother.
When I think of all encompassing unconditional love, I cannot think of anyone but my own mother. You see, once I became a mother, I realized the depth of love that you have for your children. I never quite comprehended that until I had my own child. My mother has always shown me through all life circumstances that she will love me no matter what I do. And let me just tell you, I have given her a lot of chances to turn her back on me. She sure could have said – “Heh, you are WAY too much trouble, I think I will send you on your way.” But she didn’t. In fact, just the morning I told her how great it was that she let me fail. Sometimes in life failure is important. It helps you grow and mature. She never set me up for failure, and it seemed she always had a way to make my fall a little more comfortable than it would have been. I am so thankful for these lessons. Now as a mother, I realize how hard that must have been for her to watch from afar. I am sure she was praying all the time that I would see God’s light and love and find my way home. She knew that her unconditional love would give me the opportunity to fail and still see that I am loved. Somehow Mom always made wise choices when it came to life lessons. She raised some very smart, successful children who deal with their problems and struggles with strength and independence.
My third mother did not show up in my life until much later. At the young age of 24, I met a woman who would show me the virtue of patience. Pete’s mother (my mother-in-law) came into my life 18 years ago. Her loving kindness was immediately noticeable. I wish I had great words to describe this wonderful woman, but it is difficult to explain someone who is patient, kind, loving, slow to anger and has an amazing ability to say just the right things. She has shown me that raising my kids takes a lot of patience and prayer. By making me feel like part of their family, she showed me that unconditional love is not just for biological family members. She rarely speaks badly of anyone, and always tries to see things in other people’s light.
Because of these three wonderful mothers, I have found that motherhood to me can look quite different, but in the end, we all are looking for the same thing. We all want to raise our kids to hear God’s Word, to listen to God’s nudges, and to be engulfed in God’s unconditional love. I am so blessed to have these great examples in my life.