"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
Friday, my daughter and I honored my mother by taking her to a celebrate her birthday, which is today! We took her to a "girly" place for lunch. I couldn't help but think how much my role as her first-born child has changed through the years, as I sat across from her as a well-seasoned wife and mother in my own regard.
Proverbs 31: 28 - "Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her."
My mother took her role as wife and mother very seriously. Her childhood history of loss of her own Dad to cancer when she was a pre-teen, then living her high school years at Buckner Children's Home, instilled in her the desire to give all she could to her husband and four children.
As of this birthday, she can brag on a marriage of 53 years, four adult children, ten grandchildren (yes, six are mine), one great-granddaughter and two great-grands that she has emotionally adopted.
She walked out the type of mother portrayed through the television idea of June Cleaver. A contented, productive, stay-at-home mom, leader in the PTA and adult sponsor for the youth at church, she served in church and various ministries, while supporting my Dad's business.
Her traditional role as wife and mother left behind large footprints to follow. She taught her daughter well....I am a product of that commitment to Jesus Christ, husband, family and the Body of Christ.
She wasn't perfect...like the rest of us...but she was faithful. She continues to be faithful with all life has thrown at her...many hardships and heart breaking disappointments. She continues to draw strength and reassurance from the source...Jesus.
May I honor her today with my own faithfulness to the values she instilled in her oldest child. May I continue to follow her well-worn path of love of Jesus Christ, husband and family no matter what life throws at me. May my legacy reflect her timeless and Biblical values and therefore, give her the honor she has earned.
Happy Birthday, Mom....Love You!