It’s All About Relationships
Detouring a bit from my ‘I Want to Be Healthy’ blog – well, not really. Having loving relationships is a huge part of your health and well-being.
July 16 would have been my mom’s 94th birthday and her 75th wedding anniversary. She married my father on her 19th birthday. Mom was a tried and true Proverbs 31 woman. She went to heaven went she was 83 years old and one of my nieces read Proverbs 31 at her funeral. When it came to the verse that says, “Her children rise up and call her blessed,” all of my brothers and sisters and I stood up without prompting and remained standing during the rest of the reading. She was a blessed woman and it was our way of paying a final tribute to our mother.
These beautiful words that Solomon penned thousands of years ago truly describe my mom: ‘Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household…Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.’ from Proverbs 31
The words ‘She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household’ have special meaning to me. When I was growing up I don’t ever remember a morning that I didn’t wake up to the smell of coffee brewing, bacon sizzling and biscuits baking! Although I couldn’t smell them, there was always a platter of freshly scrambled or fried eggs on the table and sometimes a bowl of gravy and sliced tomatoes. I don’t know how early mom had to get up to prepare those delightfully delicious breakfasts for us but it was well before daylight. I never once heard her complain. After breakfast, no one got up from the table because we knew it was time for our daily devotions. She read from a book called Our Daily Bread and then the suggested daily Bible reading. Mom always finished by praying for all us and the pressing needs of the day. I will always cherish those memories.
One such morning in 1968, mom was praying for our brother, Mike, who had been wounded in Vietnam. We knew he was back in the states but we just weren’t sure when we would hear from him. Just as mom finished praying, the phone rang and she said (before she answered the phone), “It’s Mike!” She picked up the phone and sure enough it was! We were all jumping up and down and yelling, so much so that Mom had to tell us to be quiet. I’m sure I didn’t think about it at the time, but looking back I am in awe of the answers that came as a result of my mom’s prayers.
‘Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.’
It really is all about relationships! Love you, Mom!