You can be amazing…

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Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary–it’s an act of infinite optimism.
~ Gilda Radner

Some might say my mother was ‘just a housewife’ … She was a faithful, supportive wife and mother for over 63 years. She supported my father through decades of service in the Army and the Sheriff’s Department. She loved, nurtured and guided five children through various interests and stages. She studied, she gardened, she served, she cared for family. She was never idle, always learning and ever encouraging.

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She was never unfulfilled, discontent or weak minded. She built her life on her faith and lived accordingly.

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There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. ~ Jill Churchill

She never sought to raise modern women who abandoned the roles of wife and mother entirely, neither did she seek to raise automatons who thought small and lived within the confines of a preconceived ideal. She was an example of submission and service, yet she stood firm by her convictions and ideals. She encouraged me to reach for the stars. She believed in me. She wanted the best for me. She always sees the best in me.

She is struggling to face the hardest time in her life with my father’s cancer, and still she is serving, loving, believing. She is doing what she’s always done – counting her blessings and making her moments count.

Having four daughters of my own, I have tried to nurture and love them the way I was nurtured and loved. I have reached high, I have fallen short, I have succeeded, I have sought to remedy mistakes. I wanted to teach them the same principles, yet treat them as individuals. I hoped to encourage them to reach for the stars without pushing them to follow a pre-determined path. If all else fails, I want them to have full assurance that I believed God would make up for my weaknesses. I want them to know I love them and I tried. I will keep trying. I will never stop. I want to see them touch the stars and bravely follow their dreams.

Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave ~ Sara Bareilles

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Extreme thinkers often empower women to move away from a career raising a family, belittling the idea that homemaking and child-rearing can be a valuable full time commitment. Other extreme thinkers demand that women put aside education and personal interests, fearing that strong women are a threat to manhood.

Neither extreme is healthy. First, devaluing homemaking and child-rearing is ungodly and unwise. It is a step in the direction of a brave new world that devalues the role of a mother entirely. Second, pandering in fear and purposely crafting ways to keep women from being empowered is ungodly and unwise. Weak women cannot be strong christians. They cannot stand up for God’s word, they cannot support their loved ones, they cannot love their husband, they cannot train their children, they are ill equipped to function in the real world.

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. ~ Alice Walker

Let’s teach our daughters to make choices based on hope.
Let’s encourage them to learn about God from His word.
Let’s create in them a desire to make a difference in their world, whether by self study, higher learning or experience.
Let’s instill in them the strength to lean on God without fear of the future.
Let’s teach them to love without bounds.
Let’s encourage strong convictions.
Let’s encourage boldness for the scriptures and humility for the soul.
Let’s forge the path for them to reach the stars.
Let’s show them how to forgive without bitterness.
Let’s prove by our example that marriage is beautiful.
Let’s love them in joy and sorrow.
Let’s help them overcome fears.
Let’s see beyond the mundane and rejoice in each new day.
Let’s face our suffering, side by side, knowing that it’s a valuable part of life.
Let’s look toward life eternal together, knowing that if we miss it that we’ve missed it all.

Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. … To have been loved so deeply … will give us some protection forever.
~ J. K. Rowling

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Strong women…
Find the beauty in life
See the good in those around them
Pray for their loved ones
Reach out to the needy
Weep with those who weep
Rejoice with those who rejoice
Encourage those around them
Speak with the law of kindness
Teach younger women
Support others by lifting up their arms
Refuse to compare themselves to others
Give more than they take

Don’t be afraid of raising strong women.
Don’t be afraid to be a strong woman!

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