Kristi Neace is an accomplished Author, Speaker and Artist. She is also Founder of a nation-wide, non-profit ministry called Badge of Hope. Join her as she blogs about life as a cop's wife, offers "God-isms", and/or just offers encouragement in such an upside-down world.
What is a Mom?
"Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you." Luke 11:27b
May is a
time we celebrate moms.I’m not sure why
or how they came up with just one day.If it were up to me, the world would celebrate moms every day.Why, you ask?Well...a mom is a special kind of person, you see.
moment she realizes life growing in her womb...or the day she receives the call
for a child ready to be adopted, this woman’s heart begins beating
unconditional love for the new little person who will soon be nestled in her
will now completely revolve around the one God has entrusted her with....at
least for 18 years or so.
She will be
ready at a moment’s notice to cross raging rivers, climb towering mountains or
stare down the most vicious of all predators...those who would bring harm to
her babies, all in the name of sacrifice.
A mother is
like no other.She will work late into
the night on Halloween costumes, Valentine boxes or birthday invitations,
getting little to no sleep for the next day’s do-over.
will sew a thousand stitches into the knees of torn jeans, or somehow make that
favorite shirt wearable one more time.
drive countless hours to and from school, ball games, cheerleading tryouts, PTA
meetings, dance class, church programs, birthday parties, last minute shopping
trips, and so much more.
will wash enough clothes to fill a professional sports stadium and pick up
enough toys to start her own toy shop.
cook, prepare or put together endless snacks and meals to feed a large army
stand in line for hours to make sure her child gets that one special gift for
Christmas, but will go to great lengths to teach that giving is more blessed
than to receive.
times, a mother is called upon to be nurse, referee, counselor, chauffer, chef,
mediator and friend.
bandage more boo boos than a seasoned doctor and sing more lullabies than a
performer in Times Square.
A mom will
have imaginary tea parties with Barbie dolls, build the most incredible forts
out of living room chairs, and listen to countless teenaged conversations about
boys and classmates and cars.
A mom will
cry many tears.God gave her a tender
heart so she could feel and relate and love just as He does.
will be worn and her joints will ache as she kneels down once again on behalf
of a wayward child.
She will sit
proudly front and center at graduations and weddings, but inside sadly wish she
could turn back time.
will hold her grandchild in her arms with tears of joy streaming down her face,
marveling at the circle of life and God’s continued blessings yet have a sense
of nostalgia about her own.
mom’s role may change in title, she’s still a mom at heart.
forward to those endless bedtime stories, and the yellow dandelions picked just
for her by those chubby hands.
messes in the kitchen are a sign of memories being made, and toys scattered
about the floor remind her that time is short.
So here’s to
moms and grand moms everywhere.May each
and every day be specially filled with those God moments that let you know how
blessed you are.
And, on that one particular day set aside for lovelies
like you, may you be pampered and spoiled, but more importantly shown how
valuable you really are.