Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday Dinner: Happy Mother's Day

I hope you all had a blessed Mother's Day--whether you are celebrating being a mom, having a mom, or both.

I'm so grateful this year to share this day with all my kids. Last year, I spent "the day of the mother" (as Daniel calls it), with Daniel in Guatemala. Today, I got an assortment of cards and hugs and kisses from four precious children. My cup (that reads "World's Greatest Mom") overflows.

It's Sunday dinner time (the idea behind Sunday dinner is here). The scripture for this week is probably pretty easy to guess:

"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord
is to be praised. "

Proverbs 31:25-30

That's just part of the infamous Proverbs 31 passage that I've always found intimidating. It's verse 28 that I truly long for: "Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her."

That's perhaps why I love Mother's Day. It's that time of the year where my husband and children "arise and call me blessed." But every day, I strive to be worthy of this privilege of being a mom. I guess it all starts with being a "woman who fears the Lord."

Although today was such a gift just to be surrounded by all four children, I was also missing my mom who died six years ago. But her legacy lives on because she was a woman who feared the Lord--we still rise and call her blessed.

Today's song of dessert is John Waller's "The Blessing." If you ever need a "fight song" for your family to rally together and do something for God's glory--this is it. It's true that each day we can choose words and actions that build up or tear down. We can spend our time and money on things that are worthless or things for eternity. We can choose to serve ourselves or serve others. It's these daily choices that make up who we are, how we affect others, and what legacy we leave behind. Not a day goes by that I don't question how I'm living my life.

As I end my day, I'm going to look through the handmade cards one more time and remember the words of a little boy who just 5 months ago was considered an orphan: "I'm glad you're my mom. You are the best mom ever." Yes, I'm truly blessed.

Happy Mother's Day,


林尹 said...

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trustandobey said...

Out of the mouth of babes...Nothing sweeter than the admiration of our children when they are tiny and we are thier favorite people. Daniel is a blessed little boy, and seemingly wise beyond his years.
Happy Mother's Day, Kathie!

Mom Of Many said...

Happy Mother's Day to one of my most favorite bloggy mamas. Much love from Colorado!! xo

Christine said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Kristin Ferguson said...

Every time I read this Proverb I pick a different aspect of what I want to aspire to. The first verse hit me right between the eyes this time. If I'm clothed in dignity and the strength of the Lord then I can truly laugh at the days to come. I tend to "cringe" at certain days to come (unknowns,etc.) but I want to LAUGH!!!

Thank you for this Mother's Day exhortation! I needed it!