Since it’s Mother’s Day today, I’ll be sharing a letter I wrote to the best (in my opinion, of course) mom a girl could ask for.
Thank you for loving me so well.
Thank you for raising me in the faith and for instilling in me truths about the Lord’s grace, His providence, and my worth as a child of the Most High.
Thank you for cultivating a strong marriage with Dad, for always fighting for joy and pulling together, that I might see what a marriage with a husband loving sacrificially and a wife helping joyfully looks like practically.
Thank you for dancing with me in the kitchen and for laughing with me until our stomachs are sore. Thank you for holding me when I’m sad and for answering the phone when I call from school for the umpteenth time in a day.
Thank you for taking the time to invest in me as a daughter and for learning every nook and cranny of my heart and soul. You know me oh so well. Honestly, I don’t know how you do it. You know what I’m trying to say before I can even get the words out. And more than a handful of times, you’ve had exactly what I’d been craving baking in the oven before I’d even asked you for it.
Thank you for the lunch box notes and the “just because” gifts and the sweet days full of surprises.
Thank you for telling it how it is even when it’s the last thing I want to hear.
Thank you for validating me as I am, but for never giving me permission to become stagnant.
Thank you for listening to every song I tell you you’ve just got to hear and for buying me every pair of shoes I think I’ve just got to have.
Thank you for making me watch the inspiring America Strong stories at the end of the evening news when I feel down on the world.
Thank you for everything, Mom.
You’ve seen hurt and known real pain, and you’ve never let it steal your softness. What a gift you are.
Below are a few verses that you’ve taught me the meaning of with the way you live your life. I can’t say it enough…you are more than I could have asked for.
“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family…She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” Proverbs 31:15, 17.
You have no ordinary workload, and yet you accomplish it all with incredible grace. Caring full time for Jen (for any of you readers who may not know, my younger sister is severely disabled) means that you’re rarely without a task to do, but you bear it so lovingly, all in the Lord’s strength. Some days, I think you’re more productive before 9am than most people are all day. Thank you for being my real life example of a Proverbs 31 woman.
“I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.” 2 Corinthians 12:15a.
Paul wrote this phrase to the believers in Corinth, earnestly telling them that it was his joy (even in hardship) to spend and be spent for their salvation. He was telling them that it was with gladness that he took up his cross daily and labored for their faith. This verse reminds me of you. Between cooking and cleaning and diaper changing, I don’t think you always realize the kingdom work you do every day. The way you serve and lift your loved ones up in prayer even when you’re running on empty is a reflection of Jesus and the truest proof that you will most gladly spend and be spent for others’ good. (Please don’t forget to treat yourself every once in a while though. Here are some ideas if you need them.)
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.
I firmly believe that the Lord has used you to equip me with many tools for God-honoring living my whole life long. Thank you for being so faithful in training me up in the way I should go. I pray that even when I am old, I will not depart from it, but rather root myself more deeply in it.
I know people say it all the time, but if I become half the wife and mother you are, I’ll consider my days well spent.
In His love and for His glory,
Makayla (Your Love Bug)