What I Learned From My Mom

Just listening to a program on 102.9 KAJN-FM, Crowley, LA (one of my fav radio stations) and the hosts of the program Family Talk are bantering back and forth with tell-tale stories of their moms. Their storytelling got me to thinking about my mom and mother’s day.

My mom is in her eighties: vibrant, beautiful, fiery, polished and a little ‘streetish’. Our relationship is interesting. I am the elder of three kids:  our relationship is love, tolerance, high strung, emotional, and borders on the side of something I really can’t describe. I know my mom loves me. Even in the hardest periods of our relationship, I always knew and felt my mother’s love and support, and I am reminded of scripture that reads,Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” It is a commandment with a promise.

My mother cleaned other people’s homes for a living and boy, did she clean well. To this day, I cannot replicate the perfection in which she makes any bed. There is never a wrinkle to be found on any bed my mom makes – not in the sheets, pillowcases nor bed coverings. She taught me to clean, and to be clean. We Louisianians have a saying, “Don’t eat everyone’s food; don’t eat at everyone’s table.” A lesson learned from my mom – if you wanna know if someone is clean – check out their stoves and their toilets: a clean person will have a clean stove, and a clean toilet. I taught my children the same, and I pray they teach the same to their children.

my mom

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A Mother’s Love

Hoping this day finds you and yours quite well and filled with great joy this day. Time seems to be passing truly fast. Mother’s day 2014 seemed like it was just yesterday and here it is again.

Joyce Meyer remarked today in her radio broadcast that she could not preach what she preaches had she not learned from the furnaces of affliction. As it relates to family, especially children, I must say that for me the burning of the fires of affliction mother's loveregarding a prodigal child, or children, is the most difficult testing of patience and unconditional love. For me it is harder than financial loss because the momentary (and I must say momentary because this I truly know … I serve God who is able to restore: Joel 2:25I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten” and reconcile and works all things out together (Romans 8:28 ) for the good of those who love him and serve him) loss allows for an opening of the condemnation of one’s heart, and the condemnation comes in the voice of … you must not have been a good mother, or, you must not have shown enough love, or, it must be me for why would they act the way they do, or,  have I done what scripture says in Colossians 3:21 “exasperated my children so that they have [lost] heart.” But I recall 1 John 3:20-21 and my hope is renewed “For if [my] heart condemns, God is greater than [my] heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if [my] heart condemn [me] not, then [I] have confidence toward God.” (Hallelujah!)   Continue reading →