a Tribute to My Mom

I think of my Mother today.

January 10th marks 65 years on this earth for her. She has been through a whirlwind of trials and joys, blessings and sorrows throughout her sixty-five years, but it hasn’t been until the past two that I personally have seen the woman that she is.

Sure, I know my mom. I could tell you funny-crazy stories of growing up in our house. I could share with you when she wasn’t happy with me when I disappointed her, or when she cried with me, when she taught me how to cook or make monkey bread, or when she protected me from the world or certain people, or when she called me by my nickname in the middle of church as a teenager, or when she…the list goes on.

But over the past two years, though it hasn’t been easy by a long shot, Mom has shone the brightest when it has been the darkest for her. You see, the love of her earthly-life, my Dad, passed away unexpectedly, suddenly one evening while serving his Lord and Savior. No one knew God was longing for his return home and on July 30, 2016, God said, “Come home, Claude.”

Whether you know it or not, you will; life is a vapor (James 4:14).

  • At times, it is still hard to comprehend the reality of the milliseconds of life that occurred — here, on Earth, then standing face to face with Jesus Christ.
  • I don’t claim to get it, as a family though, we live it.

(Dad & Mom: the pics just shows you their love for one another)

Dad was 64 years, 1 months and 3 days old. Today, I rejoice that Mom is 65 years, 0 months, and 0 days! I am thankful she is here, but even more, I am proud of my Mom.

I know she has had some mighty tough days, made some pretty hard decisions, cried many nights to sleep; but she has also chosen to remain in Christ.

She didn’t then nor does she know as to why Dad passed away, other than it was his God-time. But she made a choice: a choice to cling. Cling to Christ, not to self, to people, or things, but to God’s loving control for her whether she understood Him completely or not.

I have seen her walk with Christ, talk with Christ, and allowed Him to fill, strengthen, carry, uplift, hold, soothe, triumph, comfort, and win battles for her. And if that isn’t enough, in her pain, she helps others walk through their valley.

Death, no, for Dad lives. Sure we had other plans, but because we have hope, eternal life, have we a glorious reunion awaiting.

So Mom, this is really for you. Don’t cry. It is like Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her children rise up, and call her blessed. Thank you for putting Christ first even when nothing made sense and when it did make sense. Thank you for trusting Christ first before your own self and resting, then waiting in Him even when it took humanly –way too long. Your example shines as the candles on your cake today! 😊

Happy 65th Birthday!

We love you!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

What the Wrong Side of the Bed Taught Me

I woke up on the wrong side of bed.

Tired.
Five hours was not enough.

  • My eyes were puffy.
  • My head hurt.
  • My mind was irritated.
  • My heart was complaining.

I prayed, “Lord help me. I don’t want to complain. I don’t want to gripe. I don’t want to compare, I’m tired.”

My pitiful attitude came out on those around me (not a proclamation I’m proud of).

I hadn’t had my devotions yet–I was trying. I was getting there. I was trying to get everyone else ready, being a supermom on non-supermom strength (that’s called: no God-strength), but I charged on.

All where safe in there spots.
Then I opened the Word.

  • HA!
  • God has a sense of humor.
  • Well, at least with me He does.

I didn’t notice where my devotions ended the day before, but this is where they begun today:

If I wasn’t convicted enough, and saw my sin, the Lord graciously sent me to,

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples (John 15:5-8).

We can blame our kids, even our husbands, or just people, but let’s be honest with ourselves (I am speaking to myself here) we are just as needy as they are. We are no different. We need God just as much as a child needs or depends upon their parent. As much as we can grow weary, even with our blessings, God never does with us. And you know what, neither should we.

He loves us. We are His children. We are never a burden to Him. He loves us like we love our own children, despite our messiness, our pitiful, wrongful, sinful attitudes, and even when we break His heart. He loves us even more than we love our own children. God loves us because we are His.

This morning I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. It was not anyone else’s fault, but my own. I confessed my sin to the Lord, to my husband and to my children.

  • I didn’t start out right but I am praying through this day that I end well — in HIM, not through myself. Abiding in Him because as His child, I am engrafted into Christ who is my only source of life, strength, power, my everything and it is already there.
  • I chose to cut it off this morning with my foul attitude of self righteousness and pride in the disguise of “tiredness.” Shame on me!
  • I am complete in Christ, not complete in self! I am thankful for the power of His (life-changing) Word this morning! My soul is at rest.
  • How about YOU!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Mama Wednesday


Oh Mama, be encouraged today. As a child of God, YOU are empowered, filled with His Spirit, equipped to fulfill the tasks set before you or required of you. You are not alone!

“Lord, strengthen my friends today. Sometimes as mother’s, we grow weary in well doing and reap a Martha’s heart. Lord I pray that we remember who we are in Christ first, how we became your child, and pass your love given to us on to others around us –starting in our own Jerusalem’s. Help us to take serious your Word and apply what You show us through Your Word personally so that we may be able to fulfill Your purposed will. Thank you Lord for giving us strength and wisdom.” In Jesus name, Amen.

Mom Investment Wednesday

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Take Courage Mama!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}