There is no joy greater in life than being a mother. Motherhood awards us a most valuable purpose and as humans we need a purpose. Motherhood gifts us with treasures worth more than all the money this world can offer. The stress and struggles of mothering as well as the joys often go unseen. But the dedication and commission (or lack of) of a mother becomes obvious through her offspring as they mature.
This weekend delivered me a special Mother's gift as all my babies were under my roof once more to see Jack graduate from ASU with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Next year he will go off to law school and yet another of my brood will leave the nest. As I awoke this chilly spring morning a smile played across my face as I peeked in at each of my children still asleep... all of them... under my roof. Bliss for this mother. But good things come to an end and I bade farewell to two of my offspring as they returned to their homes.
If you are not a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ , you may not wish to continue with this next section as it is not politically correct by the worlds standards. Born again believers see with different eyes and hear with different ears and these next thoughts are ramblings of my heart to other Christian mothers....
Such ponderings fills my mind this afternoon as I reflect on this memorable weekend, deep thought clouds my soul as I consider Jack's graduation ceremony. It is with humble honesty that I admit disappointment by the absence of any prayer or mention of God. Prayer was a given years ago but, no more. Darwin won his place in the commencement speech, but not once was our Lord mentioned. I can not help but wonder of the Lord's sadness. But, what do we expect when we send our children to godless institutions? I realize there are many prized Christian professors in universities and colleges for young men and women to emulate, and I applaud them. I also realize the limited resources for continuing a Christian education in many areas ( such as ours). I can not in good conscience however, as a believer, encourage my children any longer in this direction. This is our personal family decision and I know many of you are a continuing source of light to some young men and women forging ahead in pursuit of knowledge but , my heart cautions me now. I also understand the need for many to mission themselves in this arena but again, my heart cautions me. In the realm of higher education we will be making different choices for our daughters. Our recent graduate has stayed the course but has not been unscathed by the influence of godless professors. Little tidbits here and there can pull some young men from truth. My eyes may dim with age but my heart become clearer. Do you remember your parents and grandparents saying "Things sure have changed from when I was young." ? Now we are saying it and it is true but in a different way. We have grown away from our purpose and goal of serving Christ first in our lives... in raising godly children for His glory. We are spoiled, demanding citizens who grow in knowledge but decrease in wisdom. We depend on man not God. Sometimes it takes a little nudge to get us going in the right direction again. I have thus been nudged. So as for me and my house, we will strive to serve the Lord and be better stewards of this gift called life. I will go against the grain teaching my daughters to be godly mothers and helpmeet's, cultivating them in the ways of home to better serve the Master. We may live in this world but are not to be of it. Dear Mothers, give great thought of the exposure of worldly things to those little sponges you have been gifted. Plant good seeds and give them plenty of water, sun and attention taking care they don't wilt. Give them your best even when you wear down. Teach them about God morning, noon and night. Talk of Jesus much and of worldly things little.
So, I humbly leave you with this note. Treasure, treasure your children. Mother them, enjoy them, correct them, train them to be productive and teach them to be servants and raise them to love and admonish the Lord.
oh my little baby... did you get hurt? And... didn't I tell you to throw those jeans away??
Colette' ~ my eldest son's girlfriend
David and Colette'
son #3 ;)
then there were 6