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The Influence of A Mom!
My mother was born in the 1940s in a small railroad town amid the hills of West Virginia. She had a brother and a sister. They lived a somewhat simple life. My grandparents never drove a car and the family lived in a small 3 bedroom home. Two railroad tracks for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway ran through their town not more than a few yards from their front door.
My mother never had many fancy material things in her life. She never finished her college degree. What she was, was a Christian mother with a very strong faith. She had a love for her two boys and her husband which always amazed me. She found contentment in the simpler things in life and knew how to make an ordinary day into quite a bit of fun without having to spend a lot of money.
It wasn't until I was in college that I had designer brand-name clothes. I got these because Mom worked at a local department store and got a great discount. She wanted me to look nice in college and it meant a lot to her for me to do that.
One of the greatest gifts my mother gave me was time spent with me. She didn't go to work until I was in high school. She took care of the home, my father, me, and my brother with loving care. In the summers she would take me, my brother, and a few friends to a local park to swim for the day. It was such an awesome treat. She loved to encourage me to bring friends home and play in the yard. She was interested in what we were doing and would always keep an eye out on us. This was her way of getting to know who my friends were. When I went off to college, she called every once in a while to see how I was doing. At the time, I, of course, thought she was being meddling, nosey and a mean mother. Later in life, probably even in college, I began to realize that it was love that made her do the things she did.
The Greatest Gift Mom ........ was introducing me to Jesus, the Christian Life, and living the example. My mother was a devout Christian. It wasn't just going to church on Sunday, she lived the example. It often played out in her life even without her saying anything. Later in life, I would learn she prayed every day for me and my day. When I went off to college, away from home for the first time, she prayed even more. Mom wasn't a controlling-type Mom who tried to order my life but she knew that when she prayed for me, I would be in God's Care. Though Mom wasn't perfect since she was human- though I always wondered why she had "eyes in the back of her head" and I don't, but she lived an example as best as she knew how and that taught me to do the same. She took an active role in the church's Youth department as it's Director. While I didn't like that at all, I learned later in life it was because no one else would do the job and she didn't want to see the activities end. She knew they were good for us.
One of the reasons I became a Christian was because of Mom's influence. She couldn't save me nor could she force me to be a Christian, it was up to me, my choice. Though if she could have forced me, knowing how great it is, she probably would have!
Happy Mother's Day! My mother has been deceased for 8 years now. I still miss her and think of her quite often. May your day be blessed with God's Love and the love of your family.
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