A Mother's Faith

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Life. One thing you can be sure of about life is that you will never know what will come your way. Recent days have revealed this in a very unique way. All that has been taking place has moved us to do things differently and even not do some things. It has been challenging to say the least.

Once again life has brought us Mother’s Day. For those like me whose mothers have now passed it is somewhat different. This was my second Mother’s Day without my Mom. But I’m so thankful to have so many other mothers in my life.

I wrote on so many Mother’s Day cards I lost count. Of course Vicki got hers when she got up to pour her first cup of coffee. I know we had one for Vicki’s mother, Candice, Chandra, Charity, Chasity and Danielle. I’m so thankful for the daughters that God has placed in my life and the mothers that they have been for their children.

I realize that Mother’s Day is different for so many this year. Some have experienced the loss of their mothers or are mothers that have experienced the loss of a child. I know it isn’t easy, but I do know that in the midst of the struggle, God is still God and He can still bring peace in this time.

This past week my Aunt Fran passed away. She was my Dad’s oldest sister. Her daughter said that they got to see her the day before she passed and Fran was so happy she made it to 100. They just congratulated her even though she was just 98.

Vicki and I were able to go to the graveside service on Saturday. It truly was a celebration of a life well lived. She had experienced trials throughout her life, but her faith remained true to the Lord who saved her soul. She walked by faith through the loss of her parents, sister, brother, husband and a daughter.

As I think about those mothers that have gone before us, I also consider those who are still with us. They are mothers that have given themselves to being faithful to their families. They have lived lives that have impacted their families in ways that will carry on for generations to come.

In 2 Timothy, Paul wrote to encourage Timothy to fulfill the ministry to which he was called. One thing that Paul refers to is Timothy’s background. In 2 Timothy 1:5 Paul wrote to Timothy and said – “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.”

As I pointed out Sunday morning the word sincere refers to one that is ‘not hypocritical’. The faith that Timothy had exampled through his mother and grandmother wasn’t based on what they had done, but the life changing faith in Jesus Christ. Paul recognized that faith and wanted Timothy to focus on it.

I do know that there are things that our children need to learn and have become a part of their lives. It is good to teach them their studies, how to do chores and what is required of them. But the most important thing we can teach our children is of the faith in Jesus Christ.

It will be that faith that moves down through the generations as it did for Timothy and yes, as it has done for me. The faith of my mother continues to move in the life of my sisters and me as we go through each day. My mother lived her life in such a way that others would know the God she served and the hope she had in Him.

So today; in faith, turn to the One that can bring life and hope to you at this time. Mother’s let your faith and hope be in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Let your faith be an example for all those who come after you, so that they will hold to faith in Christ.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul