How many of you ladies rebelled as a child? I seriously think it’s on the mandatory things-to-do list in your teenage girls. I’m already waiting for that time to roll around, and my daughters are both under the age of 2. Ha! At least I’m ready for it, as a mother, right? I know it’s the biggest understatement of all time, but motherhood is not easy. I’m just thinking of all the times growing up that I tried my mother’s patience, and pretty much drove her crazy at times. I mean everyone’s up for a good challenge toward their parental authority. It had to be tested, and maybe my test was just a little bit more extreme than most teenagers. No, it wasn’t doing drugs or getting a tattoo, it was mostly just about talking back. As I’m recollecting, I can just hear the “It’s not fair” shouts reverberating in my head. And what was always the response? “Life’s not always fair, Ashley.” To say the least, this is so true, but at the time, that was the last thing I wanted to hear.
I eventually started learning that my mother, through her strict ways, was teaching me a lot. And as I began to obey her, and honor her, my world soon began turning around. Just like the scripture says, honoring your mother and father will give you a full life in the Lord. This couldn’t be more true. It made me feel so much happier, without all of the built-up anger. I remember my husband once saying, the way I acted toward my mother was just ugly and disrespectful. I quickly thought about how the Lord certainly wouldn’t want to see me acting this way to her, or to anyone. That definitely put things into perspective. Why is it always someone else who sees things a little differently, that makes you want to change. Well, I did. I am now so thankful for my mother. I love her unconditionally, and I am so glad she reciprocated this love…otherwise, who knew what kind of relationship we’d have now. I know the Lord had a lot to do with this, as he always does. For me, he erased a lot of those moments, that needed erasing. And I am immensely thankful for that.
Thank you, Mama, for being so loving and patient, and understanding. Thank you for raising me and giving me a strong Christian foundation in the church. I can only hope and pray that I will be able to raise my children the same way you did, so that they will turn out as well as all of your daughters have. Guess you must have been doing something right. 🙂 I love the relationship we have now, and wouldn’t change it one bit. Love you! And Happy Mother’s Day!