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Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Mother's Influence

Serving up the Devotional today is Richele! Please Welcome her!
“He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.” Proverbs 4:4 KJV

One morning, while brushing my teeth, I looked up and saw my mother staring back at me in the mirror. I was so startled I swallowed some toothpaste.

How could this be?

Without haste, I ran into my bedroom and the sight of what I found stopped me dead in my tracks: the full length mirror. I squinted hard and ever so gingerly I turned around. There it was….right there in front of me…well behind me really. My mother’s butt!

When I was 11 years old, I distinctly remember making a pact with myself that I would never become my mother. I vowed never to wear comfortable shoes, lose touch with the top 40, or embarrass my daughter by asking her friends silly questions. Yet, there I stood in comfortable shoes, unable to name one pop tune to save my life and about to ask my daughter’s friend if her mother will be home while my daughter visits.

I look to the left and see my 11 year old daughter standing next to me. I can tell she is making the same vow that I once did. Helpless to stop the giggle from becoming audible; I think of the day my daughter will look in the mirror and see me staring back at her.

As I recovered from the shock of this event, I realized there is a lesson to be learned in all of this. A mother’s influence lasts a lifetime. If we will one day become our mother’s then one day our daughters will become us!

What will our daughter’s see in that mirror looking back at them?

A day should never pass where we forget that we are not only influencing our daughters but our granddaughters and great granddaughters. We are forming a legacy of the women in our family through our words and actions. What is the legacy of the women in your family? We need to be careful to speak God’s words, show God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. The most precious gift we have (our daughters) should not be carelessly torn open or thrown away by our inability to worship the Lord through raising our daughters.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please grant us the wisdom to use every word from our mouths and every action of our hands to profit the children you gave us charge over. Allow us the foresight to raise children infused with your love and filled with your Words so they become your grateful servants. In Jesus Name, Amen.

In Him,


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Blogger Denise said...

Very nice.

October 18, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger MidniteScrapper said...

mmmm....I really needed to read this today. Thank you. So true. So motivating.

October 19, 2009 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger BizzieLizzie said...

Yes, I too, am my mother's child, and think one day Lizzie will think the same! I made that same vow when I was about 12, I think! Thankfully, my mother knew more than I ever gave her credit for at 12. Now - I see just how amazing she was. And, of all the things she taught me - My Faith in God is most important! That's what sustains above all the rest of the teachings! Great post!!

October 19, 2009 at 4:57 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

So needed for me as I feel like I have been too "me" focused and not focused on my 2 daughters. Thanks for the reminder that i am affecting how my girls are going to be as mothers. I need to really get on my knees and get God in the mix. Thanks so much!

October 19, 2009 at 7:49 AM  
Anonymous Leah said...

Beautiful. I daily think of how to raise Godly women of character. Its a huge responsibility that would feel heavy if I didn't walk in God's peace. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom.

October 19, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Tami said...

wonderful encouragement!

October 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Beautiful thought and prayer Richele... SOOOO beautifully written!!

God bless-

October 20, 2009 at 12:54 PM  

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