May 8, 2008

Thankful Thursday

With Mother's Day approaching I've been feeling a little sad. I didn't feel it much last year, because I was so tired and numb after months of caring for my mother who died of breast cancer in October 2006. This year, however, it's different. I am more rested and have time to reflect on this loss, which can surface in rather odd ways. Yesterday, for example, I pulled into my driveway and wondered what it would be like to see her standing there waiting for me. I don't know what prompted this thought other than she was simply on my mind.

Fortunately, as if to redirect my focus, God reminded of the blessings of being a mother. Pointing out the sweet spirit of each of my children, what a wonderful father my husband is to them, and the honor I have as their mother, I couldn't help but smile with delight. After all, I have nothing to be sad about. Mom is in heaven with God, fully restored, and I have a wonderful family to enjoy as I do what God has called me to do here on earth.

It was gracious of God to replace my sadness with joy and to remind me of all He has given. For this reason I am thankful and eagerly anticipate celebrating two things this Mother's Day: all the good thinks my mother taught me and the chance to raise my children to love, honor, and obey the great I AM!

Ecclesiastes 12:13b "...Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.


Barbara said...

Hi, Nancy,
I relate to your feelings. While my frail but joyful Mom is still with us, I still miss my Dad at unexpected times. Motherhood is worthy of celebration and remembrance.

I'm hoping you don't mind -I have tagged you for a Meme. To see what that means, go to my blog post for May 8.

Mommyluann said...

I missed this entry do I feel what you feel. I have my mother still, but Father's day holds this same feeling for me. I lost my dad to Colon Cancer in 2001. He lived in NC and we live in TN. It was so hard those first few Father's days...the hurt was's still hard, but the level of difficulty seems more bearable. I'll say a pray for this weekend. I'm like your friend's unexpected times that I miss my when I need to ask him something and he's not here for me to do that.

Hugs Nancy!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say Happy Mothers Day. Thanks for stopping by again.
Tristan I believe is on the mend!
Take Care!