A New Kind of Mother’s Day

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.  Galatians 3:26 (NIV)

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.  Psalm 42:1 (NLT)

This is the first mother’s day I will celebrate as a mother of three!  Three! I can’t believe it. The thought of having three boys is still unreal to me. I NEVER thought that I would have a 16 year old, 11 year old and a newborn.  Life is different with each of them and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Each of my boys are in totally different stages of life. One minute I hear, “Mom, can you take me driving so I get more hours towards my driver’s license.”  The next I hear, “Mom, can you can you help me with a school project that’s due tomorrow.”  All the while the new baby is crying and wanting to be fed. The boys come to me for different reasons and seem to need me in different ways as they grow. I am both taxi-mom and diaper-changing-mom at the same time. As my boys grow, our relationship will continue to grow and change. They will continue to need me but in different ways as well.

Now, I realize that not all of us have a mother in our lives, and some struggle a great deal with that relationship, but I pray that you have a mothering person in your life that nurtures you and is there when you need someone. Even at forty, I still need my mother. She is the one I turn to when I have a problem and just need someone to listen to me. She is the one that when I have a good day I want to call and tell her all about it. And she is the person that encourages me in everything I do. Our relationship has changed over my life but she has always been a strong rock in my life.

As my relationship with my mother has changed as I have gotten older, my relationship with God has also changed as I have aged. When I was young I looked to God to provide for my instruction, to give me those ethical guidelines to follow. As I grew, I looked towards God for direction in my life and my vocation. Now, I rely on God as a stronghold when life gets difficult. My relationship with God is my foundation when the storms of life are swirling around me. Even though our relationship has changed and I need God in different ways there is one thing that has stayed the same, God is there for me. And God is here for you too!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Pastor Melody

One response to “A New Kind of Mother’s Day

  1. You have a beautiful family. I can identify with your 3 stages. My three sons are 47, 40 and 32 so we were always in different stages. And later what that brings is grandchildren in different stages. I have high school, elementary and pre-school grandchildren and, of course, the one in the middle, Lilly Saunders, who lives with me and brings much joy into my life at a time when I did not expect to be in the role of “mom” again.

    And I am fortunate to still have my mom who turned 94 this year. Someone recently asked my sister when do parents stop telling you what to do. She laughed and replied, “I don’t know, my sister and I are in our 70s and Mother still tells us what to do.”

    But, God is good and got me through all the crazy stages of raising 3 boys and is now by my side in the ups and downs of raising a preteen girl.

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