Soon Mother’s everywhere will be receiving candies, flowers, and cards to let them know how special they are. In honor of my own mom, I would like to share some of the lessons I learned from her growing up.
1 . Always ask the sales person if there is a coupon.
I don’t know how she does it, but when we were checking out, she would always ask the sales person for a coupon, and they would almost always have one! It is a biblical principle at work. You have not because you ask not.
2 . Shopping with a teenage girl takes a lot of time and patience.
Now that I am entering that phase of life, I think I am getting pay- back for all the years I spent shopping ALL DAY LONG for the “perfect” dress, pair of jeans, or shoes. When I look back, I remember her spending hours upon hours helping me look for things, and she never once complained. She is my role model as I now wait and help my own daughter look for that “perfect” item of clothing.
3 . You are never too old for an adventure.
My mom has taken helicopter rides over waterfalls, traveled to Iceland to hand out bibles, and lived in Africa for two weeks without most of the modern day comforts. She has done all of that in the last few years, a time when most people slow down! Adventure awaits no matter what age you are!
4 . There is nothing too small or too big that you can’t pray about.
Whether it is lost keys or a sick grandchild, it all comes to the Lord in prayer. Morning, noon, or during the middle of the night, there isn’t a time when you can’t pray.
5 . If you listen to people and take notes you will always be a great gift giver.
I don’t know how many times I have received a gift from my mom, and it was an item I like that I had mentioned in the past. Giving a thoughtful gift is a great way to make someone feel loved.
6 . Loving others requires you to be unselfish.
For many years my mom drove hours every Friday to babysit so I could have a break and run errands. Then once my husband began taking Fridays off as well, it became a day that he and I could go to lunch, go shopping, or work on projects. It was never lost on me that my mom kept my children (which is not easy to do with 6) but in doing so was also giving up her time to be with me. She still does this every time she comes to visit, and it is always a blessing.
7 . Most importantly love Jesus and love others.
Whether it’s the maid that cleaned the hotel room or the most important person in the room, they both need Jesus and they both need love. Someday I hope my children can say they learned these lessons from me.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I love you!
PS- I am really sorry I never kept my room clean in high school, but don’t worry, I am making up for it now!