She is only 5’6″, but make no mistake about it, you don’t need to mess with my mom. My dad, due to his job, had to go out-of-town a couple of nights a week. She had to manage us three boys and trust me when I say we tested her in every way and we lost!
Mom has also had a lot of influence in my life.
1. She opened our home to everyone.
You could be a stranger and sit at our table. We never knew who might be a part of our thanksgiving meal or who might be sitting around our Christmas tree. I remember bringing our friends home from college. We hardly had to ask.
2. She was always praying for us.
And I don’t mean “sissy” praying. We couldn’t leave the house for school until we had prayed together. We often fell asleep listening to her pray. There were times when my friends would be over and we would be outside and mom would be in the house praying and my friends would look at me and say “what is your mom doing.”
And during my rebellious years, mom never gave up on me. She placed a Bible between my mattress and box springs. She put Bibles in my glove box. She would grab me and pray over me whether I wanted her to or not.
She was always and is always praying for us.
3. She was a baseball mom
Or whatever sport we were playing. When you looked in the stands you saw mom. She was gonna watch her boys play ball. She still says if she could have any time in her life back, it would be when we played ball.
4. She had and still has a love for the Bible.
Several nights a week she would disappear into the living room and close the door to study and prepare to teach her Sunday School class. She also placed them all over the house. In front of every door and in every room. If you came in our house, you had to pass by a Bible somewhere.
5. She has a soft heart.
She loves much. And she wants to love people who are hurting and in need of some TLC. She bakes some mean cakes and an incredible banana pudding. If you were down in the dumps or sick and unable to prepare a meal, mom would step up to the plate every time.
6. She will fight for her family.
You can mess with her but don’t mess with the family. Especially them boys of hers. She has taught me the importance of family and sticking together. She never would let us boys fight without making up by quoting Ephesians 4:32. And after 40 years I still know it without reservation.
To my MOM – Thanks for taking time for us boys. Thanks for praying for me and believing in me. Thanks for all the encouragement you have given over the years. Your investment in me has had an eternal impact. I love you deeply and feel blessed to call you MOM!