21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 20

photoAs I have been studying the Proverbs 31 woman verse by verse, I will admit, I cannot read that passage and not think of my mother.

Two verses that I really want to highlight on are 27-28:

“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” (NIV)

My momma is always doing something. She is actively involved in our lives on a consistent basis (that includes even my brother and I who are away at school). With 5 kids that cannot always be easy, but she does an amazing job.

My momma has many fine qualities and is a woman of character. When I think of my mother, the first thing that comes to mind is her strength. She is always like a rock in the storm. She has a strength about her in all she does. She tells you like it is. And she’s grounded. Momma is solid and is a woman of virtue.

Something that really blesses me about my mother, is the love that she and my dad have for each other. There is no better team, and no greater gift that my siblings and I could be given than that.

Even this being said, I feel like I cannot adequately describe my mother. I can never thank her enough for everything she’s done and for everything she is.

The worth of a mother goes beyond what words can describe. 

I am beyond blessed with the mother that God has given to me. I am proud to be my mother’s daughter.

Beyond that, as I have grown, my relationship with my mother has changed in many ways…it has had its stages, but what comes out of it is more than my mother being my mother –  my mother has become a friend. And I am so amazingly blessed to have her.

Thank you, Momma for all you do and all you are to me. Your worth is far above what can be expressed. I love you dearly.

 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all…” (Prov. 31:29)


21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 5

me and nanaIt is a rare day that goes by that I don’t think about my Nana Joan and the impact that she made on my life.

Although she is no longer with us, Nana left a powerful legacy of love and it changed my life dramatically. Never have a seen such a display of love so constantly and selflessly lived out.

My Nana was an amazing woman. She had this strength like I have never seen before, and a deep sense of family. She also had this great love for people and the most forgiving spirit. Nana lived a hard life, but she always did the best she could to provide for her family, and even some people she took in off the street. It did not matter what her circumstances were, she would find a way to help you with whatever you needed.

Her heart was so big. This woman really knew what love was. She did not have much, but she was so generous with what she did have. Her forgiving nature is another thing about her that I really admire. She really forgave and forgot, and very quickly too. She did not have room in her heart to be angry with anyone. Her sense of family I see has passed down to her children, and her grandchildren.

Nana lived for her family. Over the years she battled multiple illnesses and always pulled through surprising even the doctors. The last time she was in the hospital, the amount of medicine she was given should have knocked her out. 50mg of it would knock out a grown man. She had 350mg and was wide awake and telling us she loved us and she held on to life for weeks until she got to see everybody. Her strength is shown there, as well as her sense of family. She brought everyone back together there, and she was sure to tell everyone that she loved them. God took her home after she saw everyone. Her deep love, sense of family, strength and forgiving spirit are all qualities of hers that I want to carry on. Nana, in this way, is a woman to map after. What you can learn from her is to love deeply without limits, remember that your family is so important – hold to them tight and don’t let them go.

Be strong and push through,and always, always forgive. These qualities were so strongly evident in my Nana, and they made so much of who she was.

Nana taught me to love without limits.

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