By Carol Round, Special to ASSIST News Service
CLAREMORE, OK (ANS – May 9, 2015) “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward”— Psalm 127:3 (ESV).
“Normal is just a setting on your clothes dryer.” I love this quote by author and speaker Patsy Clairmont. I’ve heard her speak several times at Women of Faith conferences and love her sense of humor.
As mothers, we must embrace a sense of humor if we want to survive the ups and downs of that most sacred role. We strive to be perfect mothers, i.e. normal, but we’re all different. As women, we struggle, fail, start over and celebrate the small and large victories as we watch our children grow from a tiny bald-headed creature that we fell in love with before he/she ever emerged from the womb to adulthood.
Motherhood, while celebrated, is not easy. I can attest to that. So can millions of other mothers. It’s a role bringing joy, heartache and satisfaction to the one called “Mother.” A Jewish proverb says, “God could not be everywhere, so He created mothers.” Can you relate?
One of the most often quoted scriptures on love is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. “Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” As mothers we can love unlike any other person.
Since my two sons have become men, with children of their own, I’ve come to understand how God feels about us, His children. Once our grown children leave home, they make choices we don’t always agree with, but that doesn’t stop us from loving them. We may be disappointed about some of their decisions, but we don’t stop loving or praying for them.
Each morning, after my Bible study, I pray for all my loved ones, including my sons. Sometimes, it’s difficult to know how to pray for others, especially for our adult children. We don’t always know what is really happening in their lives, unless they choose to reveal it to us. About five years ago, when both of my sons were going through some trials, I discovered a book called, “The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children,” a book of prayers by Stormie Omartian.
In the introduction to the book, the author says, “As long as we live, we parents will always have our children on our minds and hearts. Even after they become adults, we will forever be concerned for their safety, well-being, relationship with God, and success in all they do—from their work to their health, to their friends, to their marriage relationship, to the raising of their children.”
Lamentations 2:19 tells us, “Lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children.”
While we celebrate mothers once a year on Mother’s Day, most mothers celebrate their children every day. For me, that’s normal.
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