On this Mother's Day I had to
reflect on what has impacted me
most as a mother this year.
I think it was some information in a talk
given by my friend, Karen Andreola.,
Karen has a genuinely powerful
ministry to Mothers.
She has written wonderful books like
Pocketful of Pinecones and her latest
Lessons at Blackberry Inn... which is so
new I have not yet read it. This will
be remedied very shortly.
Karen delights in impressing upon us
how very important she believes the
role of a mother to be in a home.
She reminds us that a mother sets the
mood or temperature of a household.
Isn't that the truth?!?
How many times have I been having
a hard day and notice the kids shying
away or going voluntarily to their
rooms to read or work on projects.
The norm for them is to want to be
where I am.
We enjoy being together...
most of the time.
However, on those occasions
where I am less than my best
it is true that the atmosphere
in our home can be unpleasant,
even in silence.
Karen stresses that we also set this
atmosphere by our choices of decor...
or by the people we
invite into our homes.
She notes that it is often preferred
to be that home which
hosts our childrens' friends.
We sew, we cook, we clean.
We cheer, we love, we care.
We teach, we rejoice, we discipline.
Moms are called upon to do a lot
and to be a lot.
In return we get lifelong friends
in our children.
Often the joy of
seeing great friendships among the
siblings in our home.
We hope to see growing spiritual
relationships with our children and
We get the satisfaction of a home
that reflects God's Love into the
lives of our children.
Moms, be encouraged.
You may wonder if you make
You may be in the midst of
a hard time with your child
right now. Don't give up.
Hit your knees in prayer and
love that confused young
person through this hard time.
Be the parent, be consistent...
but always remind that child
that they are loved.
Love has to be honest.
This can be hard, but truth
can be said in love.
Moms and Dads are called to this
You are not alone.
Moms of grown children...
You are vital in the lives of
those you have birthed.
We will always be your kids.
At 41 I still love and need my
Mother so much.
So...be aware...you are setting
the tone of your home. This will
carry over to the homes of your
children as they leave your nest.
Laugh freely and often.
It gets us through so much.
What a wonderful youth stretcher...
this thing called laughter!
And above all, be encouraged...
the rewards are priceless!