This gift was not wrapped up with a beautiful bow. i didn't even know it was a gift till i was grown. it wasn't given to me on christmas, but on the day i was born, and i have since then passed it onto my children.
it was having a mother who loved Christ, and taught me about his love and forgiveness daily. She did not preach it with empty words, but she believed it, and through her actions showed me. i still remember leaving the house for school, she would start a verse, and we were to finish it before we left the house. Sometimes we would roll our eyes as we recited them.
Mom: "in all your ways. . . . . ."
Us: "acknowledge Him and he will
direct your path."
Us: "Proverbs 3:6"
And so it would go. i thought it was such a silly ritual, but in my darkest moments i was reminded of those same verses, and found comfort.
My mother was not hugged as a child very often, and she had to grow up quicker than most. As a mother herself she strived to be what God called her to be. She hugged us, even when it felt a bit foreign to her. She let Gods love teach her how to be a parent.
A lot of girls go through a faze where they hate their mother. i never had that. i always looked up to her, even in my darkest times. When i made mistakes, she was forgiving like the Christ she taught us about. Coming to her at age 17 crying telling her i had given away my most precious gift, my virginity, she held me, and whispered into the top of my head, "it's ok, i just didn't want you to be human". i remember in that moment realizing how much she loved me, because i know inside her heart was breaking, knowing her little girl had become a woman far too soon.
Because i had this example of love through out my life, i know that there is a God who loves me unconditionally. To all you Christian parents out there, don't give up! Don't think that your child doesn't get it, because their eyes are always watching, and someday you will get a thank you.
So, thank you mom. Thank you for showing me Christ's love. it is great thanks to you that your son in law walks with Him, and your grandsons are surrounded by God teaching and love daily. i love you mom. i know some day you will get your reward in heaven, and to be selfish i hope its a long ways away. But just know, your work is done. You have succeeded in your mission!