For as long as I can remember I have watched and learned from my mother’s Godly example. I was just a tot in diapers when Mama decided to fully surrender her life to God. Pops would soon follow, and thus the family began a spiritual journey that lives on in me today. As far as personality traits go, some would look at a shy person as always being shy, or an angry person as always that angry soul, but I believe that with the power of God people can change. I know it because I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I’ve witnessed it in my own life. I’ve seen it in my own mother’s life.
I have watched Mama battle timidity and win. I have seen her graciously set boundaries with leaders and loved ones so that she would gain her voice, and be freed from any bondage to keep quiet about the truths that God had shown her. There are certain scriptures that she would share with great passion throughout the years like, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25 NKJV). She didn’t want us kids to be afraid of people and what they thought of us; she wanted us to trust God and what He said about us. I got to thank Mama for pointing me in the right direction over and over again.
Now that I’m grown, I can tell you that there have been hard storms that have hit my life. I mean life has beaten me up in ways I never even knew were possible. As a woman, wife, and mother, what I have come to find is that in those times I did not need a shopping spree or a bubble bath to make it through. No, I needed a refuge. I needed Jesus. Thankfully I can tell you that I have found my refuge in Christ. Thank you Mama for showing me that the fear of God is truly the beginning of wisdom. Because you feared the Lord you secured a fortress for your very own children, and now your children’s-children. I love you Mama. Happy Mother’s Day!
“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.”
Proverbs 14:26 (NIV)