Happy Mother's Day to all mom's who read this blog! How do we desribe motherhood in one word? Not possible is it? During pregnancy we talk about morning sickness, restless nights, cravings, swollen body parts, hormone changes and then...CHILDBIRTH! At this point let me say "Blessed is he who invented the epidural and highly favored are women who receive them!" In my day, all you could do was breath through contractions, scream for more morpheme and pray for a fast delivery! How dare that man watch the Superbowl while I'm in my 10th hour of labor!
I chose that picture of Janet Leigh in the Psycho shower scene because sometimes motherhood can make you want to do this! Whether it's from the pains of childbirth or because you just got the kitchen floor sparkling clean and your precious little one has tracked dirt or mud all over your work or because your 16 year old has "brought home all Ds and is beaming with pride because they're not Fs or has chosen to color their hair green or some other unnatural color and says "How do I look?" and you're still focused on the tattoo that says "Bite me!" Ah, motherhood!
Anyway, I think we'll all agree it's rewarding, frustrating and the greatest experience of your life. I can't think of anything that's been more wonderful than raising my daughter and watching her grow into her own womanhood. She's 26 now and living on her own. She came to visit me last night and said she was hungry. When I asked if she wanted me to fix her something she said "No, I don't want to put you out." Put me out? Please! I told her I never wanted to hear her say that again! I'm mama, it goes with my territory! If our child or children is hungry, are we going to let it go with out sustenance? I don't think so! There's no such thing with a mother as "Putting us out"! Motherhood, it's what we do!
Finally, my gift to you all today is "Beatitude For Parents". It was featured in a devotional book I have and I'm sharing it with you to pass on to someone else. Have a wonderful Mother's Day Spark women!
BEATITUDES FOR PARENTS by MARION E. KINNEMAN
~Blessed are those who make peace with spilled milk and mud, for of such is the kingdom of childhood.
~Blessed is the parent who engages not in the comparison of his child with others, for precious unto each is the rhythm of his own growth.
~Blessed are those who have learned to laugh, for it's the music of a child's world.
~Blessed and mature are those who without anger can say "No", for comforting to a child is the security of firm decisions.
~Blessed is the gift of consistency, for it brings heart's ease in childhood.
~Blessed are they who accept the awkwardness of growth, for they are aware of the choice between marred furnishings and damaged personalities.
~Blessed are the teachable, for knowledge brings understanding and understanding brings love.
~Blessed are the men and women, who in the midst of the unpromising mundane, give love, for they bestow the greatest of all gifts to each other, to their children, and- in an ever-widening circle to their fellowman.
Blessed, Happy Mother's Day to all!