This time of year causes most of us to pause and think about motherhood. For me, Mother’s Day is a bittersweet time, not only because I’ve never had the privilege of being a mom, but because my own mother is in heaven. Her birthday always falls close to (and sometimes on) Mother’s Day, making May a month I find myself missing my sweet mama more intensely. But this time of year also provides a great opportunity to remember the tremendous influence she had on my life. In a spirit of celebration and gratefulness, here are fifteen things I learned from my mom.
1. Pray often. My mom believed in the power of prayer, and I am confident that her intercession helped make me who I am today. Knowing that she continually prayed for me provided peace during many stressful moments. If I was taking a final exam, mom was praying. If I was struggling with a life decision, I knew she was joining with me in seeking God’s will. I have no doubt her prayers for my safety kept me from many unseen calamities, and I believe some of her requests are still being answered today. Her example of “praying without ceasing” inspires me to do the same.
2. Value education. As the eldest of 13 children in a farming family, my mom was forced to drop out of school in seventh grade. Even with little formal education and having to learn English as a second language, her aptitude to learn was obvious. In her forties, she finally had the opportunity to obtain her G.E.D. Although she never had the chance to pursue higher education, mom wanted all of her children to do so. She was a key part of my education, teaching me to read by the time I entered kindergarten. She continued to encourage my education all the way through college, when she not only sacrificed financially, but even helped me study sometimes. Perhaps it’s a fitting tribute to her that I work at a college today, helping others achieve their educational dreams. Continue reading