Saturday, May 9, 2020

Grace Covered Motherhood

More than likely, the majority of us grew up with mothers that were neither horror movie horrible nor Hallmark card perfection. For most of us our mothers were a blend of both imperfection and awesome bonded together with a generous measure of what we perceived as just ordinary. In our earliest years we could easily see the wonderful. I can clearly remember when I was very young thinking that my mama was the most beautiful woman in the world. As we get older we can become a bit more jaded and aware of and judgmental about our mother's imperfections. I realized that my mama was not the most beautiful woman in the world when my girlfriend down the street invited me into her house and I saw that her mama was beautifully attired in a full skirted dress accessorized with pearl earrings-and on an ordinary weekday! She was dressed just like June Cleaver from the Leave It To Beaver show that was so popular in my childhood. Suddenly my mama in her homemade cotton house dress looked so plain to me. And then I began to notice and judge her for her other "flaws." Mama's love language was acts of service. She worked continuously sewing clothes for me and my six siblings, making us fabulous meals and homemade bread, pies, cakes, pastries and cookies. But my heart wanted Mama to stop working and to hold me and talk to me. Sometimes I'd daydream about what it would be like to have a mama who was more emotionally nurturing.   (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, May 10th, at Woman to Woman Ministries, where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing about your mom. I like that each mom we meet - our own and others' - are so different so we learn from each of them to become the person we need to be for our own family.

  2. I often think that I'm very unlike a stereotype or ideal of a "Christian homeschool mom" but I'm trying my best to be what God called me to be. And that's what my mom did too. Happy Mother's Day!

    1. God made us unique on purpose. I once heard, and I believe it's true, that God can only anoint the real you. When you are yourself God can anoint and enable you as a mom!


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