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Tuesday, May 10, 2011


It isn't easy being a mom.
Especially when our little ones, and maybe not so little ones,
somehow manage to fall from our neatly knitted nests.
Our hearts cry, our minds struggle, and our souls scream.
It is a pain like none other.
So deep and searing, 
it can make our every hair stand on end,
our heart and hands grope for answers, 
and our mouths fall open 
to utter an astonished 
We cannot manage more.
Our vocal cords are too tight from worry
and our hearts too broken for our mind to think.


And then there is the other side of motherhood.
Our mommy joys run just as deep,
if not deeper, than the mommy sorrows.
Our minds replay the memories of tummies tickled,
boo-boos bandaged, backs scratched, books read,
hands held, and hearts happy.
Joy juxtaposed against sorrow.
The joy always wins.
We forget even the pain of child bearing.
And yet, a Mother's love, 
as deep and vast and all-encompassing as it is,
 cannot compare to the love God has for all His children.
His love is so deep that He gave part of Himself, 
His only son, so that we might have life...
abundant life...and to receive His 

Heavenly Fatherhood.

Makes me wonder if I'm living life abundantly.
How could I not choose to honor and serve my Father in heaven 
who so graciously gave up so much
for me...His child...with joy.
Yes, I have taken a tumble or two.
Yet, He forgets the sorrow I have caused.
His heart and body have been unrecognizably broken and bruised
by the sorrows of us all, yet He chooses to remember our sins no more.

Prodigal child...

Do I really live each day as if I truly know that 
the days I am given are gifts from above?
Do I live like I know that tomorrow my child 
or your child or your neighbor's child
may fall from the nest forever?
And it makes me wonder also about the many tragedies people face today.
What am I doing to help those who have fallen from their nests?
Those who have literally been blown by an outer force from their homes,
and those who have been blown off course from some inner wind.
How do I impact my nest and the rest?

"'For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
but my lovingkindness will not be removed from you, 
and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,' 
says the Lord who has compassion on you," Isaiah 54:10

Mom Quotes:

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~ Elizabeth Stone 

Dear heavenly Father, please give me the strength to cope with my blessings. ~ Unknown

Behold, children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. 

How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them! ~ Psalm 127:3-5

As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible. ~ Ruth Bell Graham

Many a man has kept straight because his mother bent her knees. ~ Glen Wheeler 

It was the tiniest thing I ever decided to put my whole life into. ~ Terri Guillemets