Friday, July 23, 2021
Greetings dear Gail-Friends:
Thursday, July 15, 2021
When I was growing up, my girl friends and I would talk about what we wanted to be when we grew up. Some wanted to be nurses, some ballerinas . . . but I only wanted to be a mother. When I was about five years old, I remember asking my mama one day, "Mama, can you have a baby without being married?"
She said, "Yes, but why?"
I said, "Well, that's what I want to do because I don't ever want to get married."
In my little girl way, I was expressing my desire to be a mother. I wanted a baby - because I loved them so much.
Well, I did grow up to be a mother -- and I did get married first. I prayed fervently for a baby, but it took four years of marriage before my first baby girl was born. This was after I'd had a miscarriage the year before. When I lost that baby, my heart was broken. But, praise God, He blessed me with a healthy, beautiful girl. She was my dream come true.
I wanted more children and prayed fervently again -- but it was six, long years before my second baby girl came. I wanted more babies, but it was not to be. I was, and am, so grateful for the two blessings God gave me.
Books were my passion while my girls were growing up. I read everything I could get my hands on in order to learn how to be a good mother. I watched other mothers and tried to emulate them. I was passionate and I was zealous about teaching them God's Word.
Both of my daughters are now adults, and I have two grandchildren. While my parenting role has changed and I have made many mistakes along the way, I remain zealous in my desire to be a good, godly mother . . . according to God's standard - not the world's. Part of my role now is to be zealous in prayer for the loved ones God has given me. I will not be complacent in this role. God's word is my guiding light as I walk out my remaining days. Do my actions and words line up with His Word? That's the key to being a good mother in His eyes. My prayer is to hear Him say, "Well done, My good and faithful servant" not "Depart from me you who practice lawlessness."
These thoughts were inspired by this post by Nancy Campbell on her Facebook page, Above Rubies: (used by permission)
Friday, July 2, 2021
This is a picture of how I've felt over the past year, Gail-Friends. I hope you laugh -- I did when I saw it. It's a perfect depiction of how confused and helpless I was.
- He has prepared a table for me in the presence of my enemies. Even though the evil one has been attacking me steadily, I am experiencing God's joy again.
- He has anointed my head with oil. I once again feel His presence and comfort. I know His favor is upon me, even though at times I felt like a female Job.
- My cup is running over. Once again, God has taught me lessons as I walked through the dark valley -- truths that no one can take away from me.