Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Power of "the Momb"

In a fit of desperation once, attempting to assert authority over my kids, I relied on that age-old expression that unequivocally answers the "why" question, "because...I am the mom." Only I was flustered and mixed it up with "being the boss." What came out was, "I'm the bomb!"

It was highly effective because we all burst into laughter (not because they respond favorably to dictatorship). Moms wield immeasurable influence. When my kids were infants (one not sleeping so well) I marveled at the power my drowsy hand on their crib had to soothe. My voice changes their behavior. My wave makes their day. My prayers break down the doors of heaven.

True confessions: I neglected one very important entity from my Top Ten list yesterday. My Mom! I am eternally grateful for her prayers for me, her formation of my life, her investment in my kids, her example of optimism in any circumstance, and her bold belief. She is the bomb! (Not only that, she's also my most faithful reader!)

Moms are moms, right? By that I mean, they are so woven into the fabric of our lives that we often forget they are other. So integral is their impact on us. This clip by the author comedian, Nicole Johnson at Fresh Brewed Life, is an apt illustration of how this happens.

We laugh because its true. Each of us is guilty of overlooking our moms. Those of us who've become moms, also laugh in recognition of how the shoe feels on the other foot. In all seriousness, my mom has lived a life of everyday sacrifice creating her own cathedral of beauty as a legacy. And so, I believe I can too...and so can you! For as she'd be the first to tell you, her strength is not her own; it comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, through His Holy Spirit.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:19-21

Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
Proverbs 17:5-7

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:18-20

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  1. My mother is like yours - the Lord of Lords is the source of her strength. Thank God for "invisible mothers! And I love the fact that a mother's prayers can break down the doors of heaven.

  2. Thanks, I needed that.

    I've seen Nicole Johnson speak at 2 WOF conferences. She shows powerful connections between life and the Lord.

    Speaking of cathedrals, it is tough parenting a teenager.

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