So this week we celebrated Mother's Day. I pray you all had an amazing day filled with hugs, laughter and maybe even a gift or 2 . I am not a big "Hallmark" holiday fan, but I do love to celebrate my accomplishments, of which being a mom is probably my proudest. Though I am not just happy with being a birth mom, I am honored I get to be known as a mother in some many other ways as well, and these are the Small Successes I wish to share this week:
1. Biological and Adoptive mom - to 3 beautiful children on earth, and 2 precious Saints in Heaven. This honor comes from God, because I can not choose who I give birth to, any more than I can choose who a random adoption agency matches me with. These are all truly GIFT! I pray I am doing well by them, and have lead them in the path's God has chosen for them. My greatest gift back to them is to cover them in prayer, love them unconditionally and never take this gift for granted.
2. Godmother - to 6 amazing kids spanning in ages from 24 to 4 months. I am honored to be their godmother because it means that to each of their parents I somehow represented a person who would be not only a good role model of faith, but perhaps a good guide as well. While I may have failed my early charges because of my own lack of understanding and discipline of faith, I continue to pray that just as God has redeemed and changed my course they will eventually allow Him to do the same. My greatest gift back to my godchildren is to cover them in prayer, love them unconditionally and never take this gift for granted.
3. Spiritual Mother - to countless amazing men and women who God has blessed to be part of my life. This role is sweet and special and every women on the earth has claim to this role. We, regardless of whether we gave or will give birth, are called to be mothers. We are called to nurture, guide, love and pray for all those God places in our lives. On Mother's day I received the most beautiful note from a young woman who I have been truly honored to walk alongside during her (sometimes incredibly trying) faith journey. While she refers to me as her Spiritual Mother, I have been inspired, challenged and stretched often by her. In a sense we are mothering each other as we share our faith life together.
My greatest gift back to these children is to cover them in prayer, love them unconditionally and never take this gift for granted.
In the end, to know that we make a difference in at least one person's life, whether we gave birth to them, were chosen by their parents, or connect through happenstance, is truly all GOD'S GREAT GIFT to the heart of every women. My advice to all women is to keep doing what you do best - caring for others, do not fret how they came into your life, or long for titles or roles you wish to obtain, but be grateful and glad in the ones you do have. Trusting that each has been given to you as gift by a God that loves you and knows your heart's desires intimately more than you do.
HAPPY Mother's Day !!