Friday, May 14, 2010

More Wonderful Words

Mother's Day was a wonderful day for me. I am so lucky to have a husband and children who love being part of our family and figuring out what it means to be in God's family. I'm also lucky to have a mother who loves me without condition, modeling 1 Corinthians 13 love every day of her life (patient, kind, not boasting, not recording wrongs, not gossiping or taking pleasure in unrighteousness, truthful, bearing all things, enduring all things).

This Mother's Day started out as a typical Sunday morning for us, up early but not-early-enough, scrambling to shower and get the kids ready for church, arriving at Sunday School during music time, teaching Sunday School, etc. But the most atypical thing happened during worship--my husband walked up to the pulpit to share his thoughts on his mother and his wife with the congregation. He was one of 3 gentlemen who shared during the message time, and I am so proud of him for going outside of his comfort zone to do so.

Mark spoke of his mother's guidance and presence in his everyday life, being there for him on the big days and especially on the "not-so-glamourous" days. "Those are the days that made me who I am...thank you Mom." He spoke of her being the one person who kept Sunday "a day that moved at a little slower pace", getting the kids to church and "laying the foundation of my spiritual life with Jesus." (I stole his typed-out message before he could throw it away!)

When it came time to talk about me, I had gone back to the narthex to quiet our youngest girls who were playing with another set of sisters. But I hurried back to our pew just in time to hear the words "my incredible wife and mother of our 5 awesome kids"...and that's when I about lost it. Here was Mark, the guy who could barely audible 5 words out loud in high school, up at the microphone in front of our congregation. He has come so far, and I thank God for listening to my prayers and answering them in His own time. Twenty-three years I have prayed for this guy, first that he would find peace in his own home life...second (selfishly) that I may be a part of his life forever...third (as the years passed) that he would respond to God's call to be a godly man. God didn't answer everything at once, and we both are still working on things, but He IS answering. And once again He is surpassing my expectations.

"She has, without a doubt, made more of an impact on my faith than any person I have met or will meet." I can't think of a higher compliment that my husband could pay me. I am humbled and challenged by it. Thank you, Mark for these wonderful words. You know I'm not going to throw them away!!

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.--Ephesians 4:15


Blogger Astrid said...

Wow! What a beautiful mother's day gift!

May 14, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

It was the best. I'm very blessed!!

May 14, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

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