Listen my son to your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Tomorrow marks a very special day in my life, the birthday of my mom. If you asked me who the most godly woman I have ever met is, without hesitation I would tell you my mom.
And in honor of her birthday, I would like to tell you the reasons why. These are some of the lessons I have learned from my mom.
She taught me that character matters. And that nothing and no one should ever make you compromise it.
She taught me that wisdom first and foremost comes from the Lord. Whenever I had any sort of problem, her first question would be if I had prayed about it. If my answer was no, she would send me to my room to pray and ask the Lord for guidance before I sought hers.
She taught me to pray for wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discernment.
She taught me the value of time spent in the word. Many mornings I would find her in bed doing her devotions. The book was worn and torn from years of use. When I went to college, she gave me her devotional book. It is one of the most precious gifts I have ever been given.
She taught me to pick and chose friendships wisely, to look for friends that would push me towards the Lord.
She taught me that only one opinion of me really mattered, God’s.
She taught me that exterior beauty will fade, but inner beauty can only grow and mature.
She taught me that my family should be my best friends.
She taught me about sacrifice. She would never put herself first.
She taught me that good relationships are worth waiting for and to never settle.
She taught me what a wife should look like.
She taught me how to manage my time, work hard throughout the day, and relax at the end.
She taught me to manage my anger, and to never let the sun go down without resolving it.
She taught me that sometimes I was wrong and needed to see a situation from another’s point of view.
She taught me to take healthy risks and try new things.
She taught me how to distinguish between Satan’s lies and God’s truth.
She taught me to pick my battles wisely.
She taught me to tithe.
She taught me to put others before myself.
She taught me to do the hard right thing over the easy wrong.
She taught me to go for my dreams and believe that if God was in it, it would eventually come to be.
She taught me to trust in the Lord as provider.
She taught me to be patient.
She taught me to listen.
She taught me gentleness, compassion, and kindness.
She taught me what it means to be faithful and loyal.
She taught me about my Creator.
And so much more…
So for those of you who are parents, setting a godly example for us, your children, is so very important. It is the greatest gift that my parents gave to me.
And for those of you who are not, you still have a vital role to future generations. What kind of legacy are you leaving?
Thank you, Mom for all you have given to your four kiddos. We love you! I wish I could be there with you today to celebrate!