My mom is truly one of the most amazing women I know. I know many of you can relate because let’s face it, moms give their lives for their children. The main reason that my mom is so special to me is because of her constant life of love that she has displayed to not only our family, but to everyone that crosses her path.
This life of love is displayed in many ways, but one that stands out the most to me is the way that she prays for our family. One of the greatest memories I have of my mom is her tucking my sisters and I into bed at night and praying over us. She would never even let us leave the house without praying protection and blessings over us! My mom is nothing short of a prayer warrior, and I am confident that it was those prayers that protected my sisters and I from danger, wrong paths, and even poor decisions.
The most amazing thing to me is the way that she prayed for me specifically when I was going through eating disorders. I tell people all the time when they asked me how I got free that I am convinced that I wouldn’t have the testimony I have today if it weren’t for the power of a praying momma! I remember there were a few times when I would come into my room and find her on her knees by my bed. I could tell that in my darkest hour that she was behind the scenes fighting for me, even when I wasn’t fighting for myself. For this, I could never thank her enough, and I am sure that my mom’s prayer life will be a great part of her legacy.
The second attribute that really stands out about my mom is how she gives. For as long as I could remember, she was always giving, whether it be in acts of service, generosity, or compassion. She has always been the type of woman that pours out love in tangible ways to others. I have often heard people say that when my mom walks in the room, you just feel loved. She portrays this love with her warm embrace, sweet encouraging words, and selfless attitude. I can truly say with everything in me that my mom is the kind of woman who shines the love of Jesus everywhere she goes. I truly hope to carry on this amazing trait as I can see a world that is in growing need of love, encouragement, and compassion.
And last but not least, the thing I love most about my mom is that she truly is a woman after God’s own heart. Lately I have been studying the life of David, and in doing so I have learned a lot about what makes someone a woman or man after God’s own heart. One of the greatest qualities that I have found to be so evident in David’s life is that he worshiped and trusted the Lord with everything in him. Sure, David (just like everyone of us) made some poor choices, but despite his imperfections, he had a heart that was truly committed to the Lord.
I can truly say that my mom has this same heart, which is evident in everything she does. The neat thing about my mom is that I don’t even have to be around her every day to know how she spends her time. I know by the fruit that is growing in her life that she stays connected to the ‘vine’ and author of life, who is Jesus. Because of her rich and vibrant heart for the Lord, His life flows through her onto others in a beautiful and effortless way.
My mom has always said that being a mom is one of life’s most rewarding jobs, all while being the most difficult at the same time. I know one day I will get to experience this first hand when I have my own children, but for now, I fully trust this statement as I work one on one with hundreds of women that call themselves “mom” on a daily basis. For that reason, I chose not only to write this tribute to my mom to honor her, but also to bring encouragement to all of the amazing mothers out there as well!
I want to encourage you that every prayer you have ever prayed for your family has not gone in vain. Even if it seems like it isn’t really doing much or that you are not seeing the fruit, I can promise you that every time you kneel down beside your child’s bed or pray a prayer of protection, that those prayers are shaping their destiny…and they are powerful!
I want to encourage you that your constant giving is making a lasting impact on your family and those around you.. You might feel some days like you have nothing left to give, but I can promise you that every ounce of love, encouragement, compassion, and comfort is never wasted. Whether you know it or not, every time that you give of yourself, you are shining Jesus in a tangible way…which I can guarantee stands out in this world today.
And last but not least, I want to encourage you that the Lord sees you. He sees your heart and He knows how hard you work for your family every single day. He doesn’t look at your imperfections or even your less than perfect actions, but He looks on your heart. He knows that your greatest desire is to be the best mother to your family. For this, He is is proud of you, and not a day goes by that He is not cheering you on!
To my amazing mom and all of the wonderful women that call themselves ‘moms’ out there, Happy Mothers Day!