Thursday, April 25, 2013

Recalling a Godly Mother

I had the kind of relationship with my mother most people only dream about.  While on earth, she was my parent and my spiritual authority, my mentor and my example in Christ; under God, she was my boss and my disciplinarian.  As I grew older, I realized she was also my biggest fan and encouraged my little heart more than anyone else; she had the "gift" of encouragement.  I remember her telling us kids, "God has blessed you all with brilliant minds; you can be anything you want to be."

Those words indelibly impacted me.

The truism "a hint, to the wise, is sufficient" accurately describes many of my mother's Godly interactions with me. In my young-punk-upstart years, right in front her, I'd tell people to kiss my a**, thinking my boldness would somehow shock her.  Silly me.  Totally unfazed by my obvious immaturity, she didn't blush or even chide me as I expected but, instead, hinted what I now know to be a pricelessly important warning.

After my tough-guy utterance, she'd look at me, lean in closely, and say (barely above a whisper), "I'd be mighty careful about whom I invite to my behind."  Then, without a flinch or second glance, she'd calmly step away.

I'd stand there, blinking like a jerk, (sometimes for several minutes) until God's wisdom mercifully opened my eyes to how - um, unwise my words were.

My mother just had it like that, y'all.  She was the perfect influence on me.  By God's power, she knew what to say, how to say it, and when to say it.  Her cool wisdom and Godly training made a woman out of me, pouring all the foundations necessary for God to save me from myself and my sins in later years. (And, uh... I rarely have invited anyone to my "behind" ever since!)  :0]

At the end of next month, my mother will have rejoiced 21 years on God's golden, heavenly streets.  I know that she is sublimely happy... full of joy and celebrating the Godhead's goodness regularly.  I know she is in good hands and getting all the "good reports" about me; God has told me so.

I don't think I've really written a post about one of the BIGGEST reasons I am Daddy's Girl; my dear sweet mother; my mentor and friend and major encourager.  I love her dearly, and I thank God eternally for her perseverance and unconditional love in raising me.  I know she received a special crown just for putting up with Sharon's antics and attitudes and gross immaturity; but I also know she realized how I loved her with all my being and how, in my heart, I was never her enemy or the Lord's. She told me so.

My mother's "life scripture" is Psalm 91.  My life scripture is Psalm 103 but, over the years, the Lord has also added Psalm 91 to my coffers; so now the two passages accurately define the daughter of God I was created to be.

Here's mommy's life scripture in KJV, the way she loved it, quoted it, and taught it to me:


"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."

Friends, if your mom is still here with you, give her a warm hug and thank God for her today.

If your mom is in Heaven with Jesus, give her a warm hug in the Spirit, and thank God for her today.

Thanking God for Ma's Love,
Daddy's Girl.

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)