So far, I’ve been writing about my own Mother’s Day experience with preaching. However, since I am not a mother, I want to emphasize the point that Mother’s Day is not about me. I want to take few moments to thank some ladies in my life who mean a lot to me. They are the reason this day is special!
First off, I think it goes without saying that I have an awesome mom. She’s seriously the best! She’s not like most moms and I appreciate that. She didn’t pretend to have all the answers, she didn’t raise me to be a girly girl, she always had my back and made sure I was safe. I might not have a traditional mother, but her wisdom and encouragement over the years have shaped me into who I am today. I can look back on my childhood and know that my mom made Jesus a priority in our home. The faith that parent’s lived in front of me was a foundation for my lifetime relationship with the Lord. I’m thankful for the honest conversations I am able to have with her and for her prayer support in my life. My mom is seriously one of the biggest blessings in my life!
I am blessed to have a mother-in-law that loves deeply loves her family. I can see that in how she has raised her boys to be the men that they are today. I am so thankful for Jeremy’s parents and how they have influenced him. I can say that they did a good job! Since my mother-in-law had all boys, it’s been fun to watch to her have daughters now that all her boys are married. I appreciate all the prayers and support she lends to our family. I get the joy of having monthly lunch dates with my mother-in-law and I know from these times that she cares about what is going in my life and has a genuine interest in the things I care about. I am blessed to be a part of her family!
I have ladies in my life who I would consider mentors. They are women I can talk about life with. I know that I can trust them and that they love me simply as I am. Jeannie Collins has been a constant source of strength and encouragement in life for over a decade! She’s been with me through a lot of life’s ups and downs. She’s shared many tears, smiles, hugs, and mornings of red cup day with me! Jeannie has always been there to cheer me on and her voice in my life has made a world of difference! Vicki Judd has encouraged me to step up in ministry. She is an advocate for women in ministry and has been a firm supporter in me following after the big dreams God has place in my life. Getting to share the stage with her on Mother’s Day was a big deal for me. It’s a memory that I won’t forget. Our theme was In Her Steps and let me say, Vicki’s shoes will be hard to fill as leaves Bethel Church at the end of this month.
I’m thankful for the many ladies that God has placed in my life. Each is unique blessing! Honestly, I could write endlessly about the love I’ve been shown from the women mentioned above and many others who are not listed. There are so many great women who have poured into me and helped shape me into the woman I am today. I’m thankful for their influence, prayers, encouragement and support. I can’t say thank you enough!
Amy – I’m so proud of you! God has given you great gifts and you are a good steward of those gifts. Keep writing. Keep speaking. Keep being yourself in a world that wants to squeeze you into its mold. Love you tons!
BTW – the picture of you with your mom and sister is AWESOME! That’s a framer for sure! :)
Thanks! I’ll try! :) Thanks for letting me be me around you! Your support and encouragement have meant so much to me!