Tag: A Mother’s Love

My Precious Treasure

In a recent leadership meeting at church our Chief of Staff took a moment to give recognition to Sweet Pea. She talked about how much she has grown up and is always so well-behaved in meetings and around the church in general. That made me feel great as a parent but it was what she said next that really stuck with me. She went on to celebrate how Sweet Pea already has a heart for worship and servitude at such a young age. She celebrated how she is always ready to help mommy during our women’s sessions and is actually excited about it. I can’t really describe how much that statement filled my heart with joy. As I looked down at my bashful Sweet Pea and fought back tears, I realized I hadn’t really looked at her in that way before nor really recognized just how much she has grown not just physically, but spiritually.

To say that she is a church baby is quite the understatement. She is with mommy and daddy at every Bible Study, Sunday Morning Worship service, Children’s church event, leadership trainings, meetings…you name it, she’s there! Normally I pack her some activities to keep her occupied, but more and more she’s less interested in those activities and desire to be a part of the service. At our church during praise & worship we go down to the altar. I love being free in worship and when I’m not all the way caught up lol I love watching her as she worships in her own way. I’ve caught her a few times looking back at me to see what I was doing. If I have my hands lifted in worship, so does she. If I’m worshipping through my words, after looking back she will turn around and open her mouth to give praise to the Master. While I find it cute and have giggled a time or two, I now see how much she is starting to understand.

Before I would have to tell her to close her eyes for prayer or to lift her hands in worship, but now she goes for it all on her own. She even comes back home and carries on her own worship service with us as her congregation or with her dolls and stuff animals. She runs to grab her Bible to bring to one of us to read or to look at the pictures and “read” it for herself. She understands the power of prayer and will quickly ask for you to pray for her stumped toe or bumped knee lol. It all just makes me heart glad. My prayer is that she continues on this Christian journey and as she gets older goes for God like none before. I pray that her father and I will continue to be great examples of the love of Christ through parenting her and that we will slow down from every day life to cultivate that ever-growing flame in her heart. That we will walk the scriptures with her and ultimately lead her towards fulfilling her purpose in life. I don’t want her to have to wait as long as I did to give Christ a full surrender. I don’t want her to miss opportunities, I want her to be SO much better than me in every aspect of life.

I know that the special recognition was directed at Sweet Pea but I would like to believe that it was for me and Hubby as well. It was a wake up call that we need to do all that we can now to stir up all of the gifts and purpose that are within Sweet Pea. It is our duty to protect and shield her from anything that could detour her away from what God has placed over her life. Even at the age of 4. We have to be careful what she is exposed to and what we allow her to participate in. I know I’ve said it before but I am so thankful that my Father chose me to mother this precious treasure and I’m going to do all that I can to bring Him glory through her.

But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that the grandeur and surpassing greatness of the power will be [shown to be] from God [His sufficiency] and not from ourselves. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

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Dear Mama

Dear Mama,

I remember as a child whenever I would get in trouble or knew that I had done something wrong, I would always write you a letter to apologize, in hopes to get back into your good graces. Today I want to write you a letter, not to get back on your good side, but to let you know how appreciative I am to have a mother like you.

Growing up I never really understood some of the decisions you made and would even get upset if I was not allowed to do something I had asked. Now that I am now a mother, of a daughter, I completely understand that you did not mean any ill intent behind those decisions, but you were looking out for my best interest and essentially molding me into the woman that I am today. I’ve often had friends or acquaintances say how they admire the relationship that we have. I am thankful to have a mother that I can go to and talk about anything, although I may not always bother you with my problems. Even still I am grateful that the option is there and that I know that I have someone cheering me on. Thank you for always being a supportive mother, even when you knew the decisions I chose to make were going to back fire on me. I don’t know how many times I have said or thought “If I would have just listened to Mama”. There are so many mistakes that could have been avoided in my life if I just would have listened, however I am grateful that you were always there to help me pick up the pieces and move forward without making me feel like a complete failure.

Thank you for putting me and my sister first in your life, after Christ of course, and for making many sacrifices so that we would excel. One of the biggest sacrifices you made was putting yourself and your own dreams on the backburner. As you tell me things as an adult of how you struggled to make ends meet, to provide for my sister and I, I am just in awe. Growing up I never knew all that went on behind closed doors, the tears you cried, the prayers you prayed just so that we would make it one day. I want you to know that it does not go unnoticed and again I want to say thank you. I pray that all that you poured into me will be restored back to you. These days you don’t find many parents that give up their own lives and own desires to raise their children. Thank you Lord for blessing me with a Mama that put her all into just that, being a mother!

One of the greatest days of my life was when I gave birth to Sweet Pea. You were right there with me when she first made her entrance into the world and have been there every step of the way the past 3 years. I could never repay you for all that you have done for her and how much of a tremendous blessing you have been to Hubby and me. Although I often joke with you that I was only the surrogate and you are really her mother (LOL) I am grateful that she has the opportunity to bond and develop a great relationship with you, her Nana (or GaGa as she likes to call you lol). I absolutely LOVE watching you all laugh and play together. I just hope that I can be half the mother to her that you have been to me. I hope that I make you proud with the decisions I make as her mother now and years to come. So again I want to say thank you for being a great Nana to my baby, and loving and caring for her like she was your own.

My prayers are that now we can take care of you. I don’t want you to have to worry about anything; you have done that for far too long. My prayers are that the Lord will open the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing, that you will not have room enough to receive them!! I know that no one is perfect, but I thank you for being the perfect example of the kind of mother I desire to be to my Sweet Pea. I could continue this letter on for many more paragraphs (I’ll spare the readers lol) of how thankful I am for all that you have been and are to me. The best way I know to thank you is by showing you just how much I love and appreciate you! Happy Mother’s Day Ma!!! Thank you for being the BEST mother to grace this side of Heaven. I hope that this day, as well as every day is just as special as you are to me!! I Love you!!!

With Love,

sig KT

Children, obey your parents in the Lord [as His representatives], for this is just and right.Honor (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother—this is the first commandment with a promise That all may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth. ~ Ephesians 6:1-3 (AMP)