Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I know, I know, this post is 24 hours late, but my excuse is in my opinion, EVERY day should be Mother’s Day. Moms do so much that they need more than a day of appreciation. After all, mothers are like doctors, cooks, teachers, therapists, errand-runners, dropper-offers, and so much more rolled up in one human being.
This Mother’s Day, I couldn’t help but think of all the things my mom has taught me over the years. Sure, as my teacher, she’s taught me everything I know from my ABC’s to 9×2=18, but she’s also taught me more than that, lessons that will stick in my head and heart longer than the quadratic formula. Here are just five of those lessons….
My Mom Has Taught Me….
What A Godly Woman Looks Like.
What comes to your mind when the word lady pops up? An English noblewoman with impeccable manners and a gorgeous dress? A woman with a kind, gentle heart? When I think of the word lady, one of the people that pops up in my mind is my mom. Sure, she may not live in an English mansion or ride around in a barouche, but she’s every bit of the lady little girls dream of becoming. Watching my mom act and speak like a lady has shown me what a godly woman, or a godly lady, looks like. I hope that one day I can be at least half of the woman my mom is.
To Try, Try Again.
My mom has taught me not only to have patience, but to try. And if you don’t succeed, try, try again. Don’t get the correct answer to a problem in school? Try, try again. Failed at that recipe? Do over! Couldn’t figure something out?
Google it! Try, try again.
To Have Patience.
I am not a very patient human being. However, patience is a trait that my mom showcases with flying colors. How she is patient with my siblings and me all day every day and is STILL sane is beyond me. By watching her, I’ve learned that patience is more than not going insane in the checkout line at the supermarket. Patience, from my observations, is more like an attitude of grace and calmness when things aren’t exactly going your way. Every day, I try to be as patient as my mom. One day, maybe I will. *waits impatiently for that day to come*
|Mother’s Day makes me think of flowers. Hence all the flowery pictures. =D
To Be Myself.
My mom has ALWAYS wanted my siblings and I to not give into peer pressure and be something we’re not. She’s always wanted us to be ourselves and hold onto our values despite all the pressure being put on us. She’s taught us that we are wonderful creations handcrafted by God, and that we shouldn’t go along with what everyone is is doing.
To Love God.
This is probably the most important lesson my mom has taught me. To love God with all I’ve got no matter what, and to follow him at all times. She’s taught it to me through Bible lessons, the words she speak, and the way she acts, which brings me to the next lesson my mom has taught me…..
To Love Others.
There’s a sign that hangs in our living room with a quick run down of Mark 12:30-31. Love God. Love others. The way my mom selflessly serves the people around her has taught me to love others. As I’ve watched her open our home to guests, love and respect my father, teach and care for my siblings and I, and basically just live, I’ve learned what it looks like to deny oneself for others.
Mom, thank you for teaching me all of this and so much more. Thank you for being a shoulder to cry on and a role model to look up to. Thank you for all you do, from making muffins and doing laundry to reading Jane Eyre and watching Downton Abbey with me (we still have quite a few episodes, by the way =)). Love you, Mom!
EDIT: This post was originally titled “5 Things My Mom Has Taught Me” but I realized that I actually had six things written after I published it. xD *hides face* Don’t worry…. I fixed it.
What are some things your mom has taught you? What did you do for your mom on Mother’s Day? Please tell me you also enjoy Downton Abbey, and that everything Jane Austen and Jane Eyre makes you flail. Let’s chat!