My Mom and Me

This month’s challenge for the Hearts at Home Blog Hop is – How are you like your mom and how are you different?

Moms are such an important part of life. In fact, God thought so highly of moms that He decided to begin each or our lives with a mom! So I totally agree that it’s important to reflect on our moms every now and then.

My mom loved God and His Word. You could always find her sharing a scripture of encouragement or wisdom to me and my brother and sister. I don’t think I’ve shared scripture with my children as much as my mom did with me and my sibs. It is something I’m grateful for. I think I’ve certainly gained a love of God’s Word from her and have been trained to see its usefulness from her example. What a great gift she gave!

My mom was also a powerful woman who never fully realized the power God had given her. She always had an opinion and was not afraid to voice it. She influenced me in too many ways to elaborate on here. But I definitely think I’m like her in my desire to be powerful.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying I want to be powerful in physical strength. I’ll leave that to my college and teen-age sons who like to lift weights and build their manly physiques! Haha!

But I want to be powerful in helping others learn from me what I’m learning from God on a daily basis. That’s what my mom tried to do and often did more than she ever realized. And that’s where my mom and I are somewhat different. I realize that I am powerful. Not that I am powerful by my own might, mind you! But I realize I’m powerful whenever I let God work through me to help others.

I think my mom sometimes realized that, but often lost sight of how God was using her due to her insecurities. Those insecurities kept her bound and limited in her impact. Don’t get me wrong, I have insecurities too, but God has freed me from so many of them over the years.

Come to think of it—I don’t know, but it seems like God has blessed me more in that way than my mom. I won’t try to understand that disparity. But because my mom loved me, I don’t think she would mind that God has blessed me more in “that way” than she was blessed . . . because, after all, moms are generous and self-sacrificing like that!

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  1. I miss my mother so much. Since she died, everything has gone downhill. i am
    constantly worried about money. I can barely afford anything and work with woman (wonderful women whom I like very much) who can afford virtually anything, trips, clothes, restaurants etc. They look upon me as the poor one, make allowances for me, don’t ask me to contribute to parties and such, “don’t ask her, she’s poor”. I cannot have my haircut or my clothes cleaned. I fret constantly about my rent, my bills, will this be the month it all falls apart? Sometimes, I can’t afford food.Please understand that Jesus has helped me in incredible ways.I can’t even describe how he has come to bat but it is always just barely. I am exhausted from fighting and trying to stay in God’s good graces. I have contacted numerous churches just to ask for spiritual help and they are dismissive at best. I promise them that whatever happens to me I will never forget their treatment of me. I will forgive it, but I will never forget; it’s evil the churches treatment of the poor. I have been helped by the Salvation Army, warm, kind, comforting, accepting; the true church. In the past if I didn’t like my job, or if a situation became unpleasant, I would just quit and go on to the next one. But I can’t quit God’s treatment of me. I want to run from Him and my life. I look forward to prayer like a child facing a flu shot. I read my Bible, but cannot retain. Thank you for listening. Your site is gracious and warm.

  2. Tadizu,
    I’m so glad you stopped by. Thanks for sharing some of your “story” with me–especially your words about your mom. I’m so sorry that your world’s been rocked not only by the loss of your mom but also the hard times you’ve experienced. I can only imagine that would make trusting God, who is supposed to be “all-powerful,” difficult to say the least!

    And I’m also sorry that the Christians you’ve encountered have not exactly acted very “Christ-like.” I know that I have had my moments of blowing it for all to see. But I’ll pray that you’re able to heal from those hurts and that you’re situation would turn around quickly too.

    Keep on praying and reading, even though it might be painful. Once you are able to surrender into God’s strong arms, you’ll feel a peace like no other.

  3. Thank you, your words help more than you know.

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