Today I want to pay tribute to my children. It’s Mother’s Day and I honestly admit I was not Super Mom. Basically, I found it challenging to keep them clean, fed, safe and loved at all times during their growing up years. But as I see the four people they are today, I am pleased and thankful. Somehow, despite my own faults and shortcomings, God saw fit to bless us with an amazing family which include my three handsome sons, my beautiful daughter and the bonus prize of 10 grandchildren.
As I said, I was not Super Mom. The first part of 1 Timothy 2:15 says: But women will be preserved through the bearing of children. . . The phrase bearing of children is from a Greek word that actually means one who performs maternal activities. That brought a bit of excitement to my heart. Raising four children requires a lot of maternal activity. If I could relive just one of those days, I would gladly repeat my maternal activities and perhaps tweak a few. But we only get one go-around so it has to count. God did not leave us without some direction. The last part of 1 Timothy 2:15 points the way: But women will be preserved through the bearing of children, if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.
I am so grateful that I came to know Jesus as my Savior and Lord before my oldest son turned two. I did not know much about theology in those days, but I knew that if I just followed the instructions laid out in God’s Word, my family and I would survive. I am grateful for all the exhausting, challenging maternal activities. I am even more grateful for the direction God gave to continue in faith, love, sanctity and self-restraint.
And as I think back on those years, I begin to realize just how many blessings my children have given me in the way of memories. Some of them bring tears but so many more make me laugh out loud. I cherish them and keep them locked up in my heart. Mother’s Day always seems like the perfect time to open up that treasure chest and remember.
Thanks, Chris, Matt, Tim and Rach. Love you all so much!