Because I want to be intentional about expressing my gratitude even when I don’t feel like it…
Day 2: My mother’s wisdom is a jewel in my life that I am just learning to polish and wear for the world to see. An intensely private person, she views life in a way different than my own that increases in value the older that I become.
Over the last few years, we have learned to accept our differences–me needing to learnmore so than she, since she has carried me my entire life. She has (for my sake) softened the blows of her delivery to make the bitterness of her wisdom easier for me to swallow.
She probably does not realize how much I consider the weight of her words. Even when I do not fully agree with her, what she says plays the biggest role in decisions I make. This is the way that I honor her: to take her words into the context of my world, using the logic and experiences she brings to my table to clean up what I have already done and reevaluate the things that I am preparing to do.
Though I have lived life testing the boundaries she gave me, she raised me intelligent enough to admit that she knows more than I might ever learn. I am grateful for her thoughtfulness, her ability to be brutally honest out of love. Even when I have outright rejected what she had to say, she has never stopped sharing with me the world through her eyes.
We rarely appreciate the wisdom of our mothers while we are young. But I am grateful to God that He has allowed this prodigal daughter the opportunity to come back home because of a mother who trained me up in the way that I should go. I pray daily that I am able to be that mother for my own daughters, showing them with Godly wisdom that they can never depart from.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Proverbs 4:7 KJV
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