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A Tearful Mother’s Day

werner children 2014Mother’s Day is a time celebrate, honor, and recognize mothers. It is a day that is set aside once a year to give gifts, cards, and to maybe give mom a break from cooking her own breakfast. This year Mother’s Day was very different for me.

This past week Jim and I enjoyed an incredible family vacation. All of our children and grandchildren were together for a time of fun at the beach. It was the best vacation ever! No family disconnects, the little ones all played well together, the couples had a date night, the guys played golf, the sisters stayed up late and talked, and we gathered to pray for each other as each family has life transitions getting ready to happen. My mom’s heart was full of gratitude and delight.

But, today, our house is quiet and sadness has entered my soul. Cleaning the little handprints off the glass doors, picking up the toys that were scattered around the room, and cleaning the rooms where the children slept, has caused my soul to remember that these brief moments in time are precious and must be savored and intentionally created. My once little ones have grown up and though there were days when child rearing was hard, the joys of parenting and now grand-parenting are the greatest treasures of my life.

Being a mom is hard work. It is draining and delightful all at the same time. So, today, I want to encourage the moms of small children, teenage children, many children, and hard children to stay the course. The return on your investment of time, training, and emotional connection will be huge, if you don’t lose heart. Don’t let the world tell you that you can’t do it. Be careful not to give your heart away to other things. Stay close to your children’s hearts and you will find that it will be worth it; maybe not now but in time, if you continue.

There is a great reward for your engagement. You may not see it, feel it, or believe it is yours today, but don’t give up. If you are sowing life in them today you will reap fruit in the future. God promises!

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:6-9

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