Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom Beverly and Grandmother Nelda.
My Mom and Grandmother have taught me a ton of valuable lessons and here are my top 10 lessons they have shared.
1. Just do something. When you don’t know what to do and you feel overwhelmed and stuck, just get up and do something. Clean an area of your home or neighborhood, go for a walk, pick up some trash, clean the kitchen, just do something. Often the solutions to your problems will come if you just do something.
2. Take time to play. Get outside or discover your passions and pursue them. My mom loves to paint and create and my grandmother loves to do wood carvings and she is an excellent writer. They both would take time to let us kids run around and play in the creeks, pool or playground. So take some time to play and let your kids get extra playtime.
3. Don’t try to put people in your mold. Remember God created everyone uniquely, even your own children. Pray for those who are different than you and seek to understand why they operate and act the way they do. In the end, have compassion for others more than judgment.
4. Read your Bible. My mom and grandmother both read their Bibles daily and have modeled that habit to me. They each lead weekly Bible studies or teach Sunday school and have always led by example when it comes to learning and reading the scriptures.
5. Leave a place better than you found it. Whether you are visiting a friend’s house, restaurant, hotel, or just a rest stop, take a moment to leave it better than when you arrived. Put your stuff away, wipe a counter, or throw away some trash.
6. Make a list. When you have too many things to do or have a lot of company coming to visit, make a list. Write down what all you have going on, then write the next action and then take action.
7. Call the ones you love. Take the time and make the phone call and check in on your people.
8. Forgive. Be quick to forgive, quick to make things right, and quick to reconcile the relationship and move on.
9. Be hospitable. Welcome guests into your home and life. It doesn’t require a perfect home and perfect food, just a willingness to open the doors and say come on in.
10. Pray. When all else fails and you don’t know what else to do, PRAY. Pray about the big things and the little things. God hears, he cares and he loves it when we seek His face and council on everything.
If I was near them both today I would give them a big hug and tell them how grateful I am for having a praying mom and grandmother. Thank you both for showing me what being a great mom looks like and for praying so many prayers for all of us kids and grandkids.
You ladies are the glue that keeps us kids sticking to the truth. You matter, your impact is far-reaching
and I pray all of us kids and grandkids make you proud.
Happy Mother’s Day!