Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

My Mother, Teresa . . . the sweetest "T" in the world!

I wanted to take this time to share how grateful I am for my mother, who has cared for me so tenderly and sacrificially since the day I took my first breath - who has walked with me through each chapter of my life, sharing joys and tears as if they were her own.  She has invested all that she is into me, and for that I am so grateful.  Also, she has proven to be such a wonderful grandmother and is investing so much into her grandchildren as well.  (John David affectionately refers to her as "My T". :)  Mom has exemplified godliness before me each day of my life through the way that she serves our Lord, loves my father, loves her children, and loves others.  I am amazed at her life and ministry.  I love you, Sweet T!

I also wanted to say how grateful I am for my "other mother" -  my mother-in-law is such a blessing to me.  I am so grateful for how she cared for my husband during his growingup years, and how she continues to share in our lives.  I so much enjoy our conversations, and I love to watch her love our son. Thank you, JoJo!

Thankfully, both of my sweet grandmothers are living and continue to play such a special part in the lives of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  We don't get to see either of them enough, but the time that we do get to spend with them, we treasure dearly.
I could not write this post without sharing how grateful I have been to be a mother for almost two years now to such a precious little boy...and now another on the way.  I am so grateful for all that the Lord has taught me through mothering my son.  What a privilege...what a joy. 

Finally, I wanted to take this time to say thank you to all of the godly women who have invested in my life.  As Christians, we truly are family with other believers.  I could not let this day pass without reflecting on all of those women who have been "mothers" to me spiritually. Like Paul said in Romans 16:13 : "Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well."  And like Jesus, who - when looking down from the cross - addressed his mother Mary and his disciple John in John 19:26 & 27 : "When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold, your son!'  Then He said to the disciple, 'Behold, your mother!'..."  Mary was truly the mother of Jesus, who bore Him in her virgin womb; but was John his brother?  No, not biologically. But indeed he was spiritually.  Why did Jesus not tell one of his blood brothers, like James, to care for their Mom?  Well, at that time, his brothers did not trust in Him as the Savior of the world.  So, His bond spiritually with John went much deeper than the ties He had with His own family who did not yet believe in Him.  I want to encourage those of you who are biological mothers, those who are not mothers, those who are waiting to be mothers one day, or those who will never have children of their own to not neglect those "children" whom we can nurture spiritually.  Our role may be much more important in the life of another child of God than even that individual's own physical mother. May the Lord give us grace to love and serve the family of Christ well.        

With that being said, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all women who have placed their trust in Christ Jesus our Lord!

1 comment:

MaggieMae said...

You are so sweet Katie, such a great daughter and mother!! Happy Mothers Day to you as well!! I love all of your Disney World pictures!! I can't wait to go with my little ones :) Hope to see you realllll soon!! Love you!