This past Saturday my mom’s church had a ladies brunch and they honored my mom for how she has persevered through the trials that her and my dad have faced in the past year following a horrific car accident.
I was extremely excited to be a part of this surprise and my sisters- in law were able to help surprise mom as well – surrounded by her sisters in Christ!
I struggled to find the words to say about my mom and how she has truly exemplified the call God has placed on her life not only to nurture and comfort but to care for the hearts and souls of those near and dear to her. The first thing that popped into my head while thinking of what to say and reflecting on the woman of God that she is was:
“Drink more water”
My siblings and I have a running joke about mom’s sage advice and answer to every ache or ailment we have presented to her- a headache, muscle cramps, or fatigue. Mom’s response was often always “you need to drink more water!”
In my life in particular this has taken on many meanings. Growing up the joke about water- at least to me- has been a joke but also has come to be an earnest life warning and encouragement. As a family and individually we have all faced battles in this past year that have grieved us. However, I have watched my parents and my mother in particular , run to the Lord for refuge. And time and time again in my life she encourages me to “drink more living water” – to dig deeper into the Lord and to seek what He says about me.
I have witnessed her, in her own struggles, turn to the Lord and surrender the burdens of her heart time and time again . As I face doubts you have pointed me to the Lord not only through His Word but I have also witnessed His power through the living example of His love for me through her.
She has been and continues to be an example of grace, sacrifice, love and perseverance through the Word of God. The Lord has lifted her up through so much and cared for her. And despite what she has faced or may face on a daily basis, she greets each moment of life with such a spirit of joy and thanksgiving – so infectious!
She is loved!
Today, April 1st marks 1 year since my dad’s car accident that has left him with many feats to overcome! He has made such a remarkable recovery and all this to the glory of God and through the advocacy of his life partner, friend, and wife!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV)