As Usual Mother’s Day left me high and dry in the creative writing department!!! But I have a GiveAway for you and I hope you look at it and say… Huh? How is this related?
I confess (deep confession of a mother of “se7en+1”): Mother’s Day eludes me!!! It always leaves me feeling kind of sad. I don’t want my kids to feel they have to make me something or worse buy something one day a year to demonstrate that they love me. I have a feeling Mother’s Day is so marketed at kids and I think they may be “being taken for a ride…” I am totally content with my daily hugs and dose of fun and the little contributions they leave for me on my keyboard. More than that they share their secrets with me, their joys and their disappointments and that is far more than enough for me. They love me daily and I adore them constantly.
I think the crunch comes on Mother’s Day when mothers are being so idolized for their greatness and instantly my mind turns to thinking of past failures and mothering faults and things I should do differently: Have you ever read a shop bought Mother’s Day Card – the standards are high!!! Or worse you have eight kids you must be a “Super Mama”… No, I am blessed with buckets of love but I am no “Super Mama.” The only thing about mothering that I do that makes me extra-ordinary is that God has gifted us with these extraordinary children.
So what makes mother’s awesome people and worthy of a day of commercial praise? Well I think it may have a whole lot to do with the awesome people we are raising!!! And I don’t want to place my mothering on the HallMark standard of greatness I really want to do better than that. I want my kids to grow up and be exceptional for who they are and not just because I have a card to prove it. I want my children to grow up and serve God more than I want them to want a big house and a fast car… I won’t succeed without heaps of prayer… and luckily as a mom I have hours and hours in my day – when I am folding laundry or nursing in the pre-dawn when I can pray for my kids and their lives and their hearts.
Sorry “Card Companies” I think Mom’s are just awesomely ordinary people who need extraordinary faith to get through the day to day work of their day to day job.
I think many mothers take strain and a bunch of flowers isn’t going to fix it. I think many mothers are totally on the edge… and a slab of chocolate can only go so far. I realize some of the things that we think we are failing at are cultural. How important is it to keep the couch free of crumbs when you live in a culture that doesn’t have couches. How often I worry about “what’s for dinner” and really my concern is “should we have pasta or potatoes?” and this got me thinking there are so many mothers in the world who are living in despair because they do not know where the next meal for their children is coming from. In honor of those mothers we are donating ten bowls of rice a day this week. Join us and feed them – it’s free and it’s fun.
Meanwhile I mentioned a GiveAway… I love reading biographies, they always put my life into perspective!!! Christmas Evans (1776 -1838) was an ordinary man of extraordinary faith. He had a childhood that was far from ideal, packed with poverty, an abusive uncle, horrendous living conditions and absolutely no education. He went on to be an incredible preacher in Wales, in fact he was the catalyst for the great Welsh revival. I think Christmas Evans, who was no ordinary preacher is a great biography for all the non-ordinary mothers out there who are women of incredible faith raising their children on a daily basis.
As usual I have to thank Christian Book Discounters who kindly supplied the book for this GiveAway…
The GiveAway works in the usual way, comment before the end of this coming Friday, 14 May 2010, and I will draw and publish the winner next week on Sunday! – I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.
Our GiveAway Books are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you!
Good luck and get commenting!
This Post was hammered out as part of The Thirty Minute Mom’s Challenge at Steady Mom.