Don’t Miss Out

Guest BloggerMotherhoodLeave a Comment

This is a special message MOMS need to hear: I don’t want to miss out on all who they are and who they’re becoming. Finding quality time with all four of them AND getting housework done AND meals prepared AND homeschooling them, all while loving my amazing husband, seems like a daunting task. Maybe one day I’ll crawl above the mess. But maybe I shouldn’t wish for that. Maybe just maybe I just need to relax, let time be what it is, enjoy these moments, live under GRACE, and accomplish what I accomplish. I know many of us feel the same way. The amazing thing is we’ve all been given gifts. Been gifted in different ways. It may be hard to see beyond the chaos to what those gifts are. But as we live life they come out. We all may not be the best housekeepers. Or the best cooks. Or organizers. We aren’t perfect mothers. We’re not the most amazing wives. But we are gifted. We are loved. We are made to live out to who we are. We have to look no further than to the one who has and will and does accomplishes all. Who did it … Read More

When We Watch Others Suffer

Jen CudmoreMotherhood, TrialsLeave a Comment

Watching someone suffer is a life-changing experience. Especially when they are dear to us.  After nearly 4 decades on this earth, I’ve seen plenty of suffering.  Like when Mama endured a year of cancer treatment, and she finally passed peacefully in her sleep while hooked to an oxygen machine.  Or when a close friend worked consistently at a new job where she was persecuted not because of her dark skin, but because of her love for Jesus.  Or when my prayer partner was ditched by her husband and had to persevere through years of loneliness and financial hardship. Heartache is part of life in this fallen world, and it’s tough to see others endure hardship. But when a mom has to watch her child suffer, that is the most heart-wrenching pain of all. We want to swoop in and save the day, but there are times when we just can’t fix it for them.  I have heard many stories of children who fought illnesses, and I have to say, those are some pretty amazing parents. Watching a child suffer and knowing there isn’t much that can be done is absolutely agonizing. I’ve never had to watch my child suffer physical … Read More

What is a Mother?

Carol DunfeeMotherhoodLeave a Comment

A mother is someone who nurtures her children. Sometimes those children are biological. Sometimes they are legally adopted or are step-children. Sometimes they informally “adopted” as grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings, in-laws, students, or friends. No matter what kind of mothers you have in your life, the really good ones have a few things in common. 1. They love us. 2. They tell us when we are wrong. 3. They encourage us to rise to our full potential. 4. They applaud our successes. 5. They do what’s best for us even when it hurts (us or them). 6. They comfort us when we need a shoulder to cry on. This Mother’s Day, let’s take time to thank our special mother-figures. Reward their efforts with a phone call, a letter, or some special time. If your mother-figure is gone, do a kind deed in their name. The greatest thanks we can give them is to pass on that “mothering” to someone else. To my mom and other “mothers”, thank you for investing in me. Thank you for setting such a good example of motherhood. Thank you for caring so much! I love you more than I could ever express! –Carol