As all of you know, it’s Mother’s Day. What better way to show the world how much I love my mom than by proving I have the best mom ever? So here’s five reasons I have the best mom in the world.
1. She puts up with me
The most obvious reason I have the best mom in the world is simply because she puts up with me. From asking her to help take a photo for me (specifically being a hand model), to asking her to buy my gas, she never does any of it begrudgingly. I’m the most over analytical, over caring, stubborn, emotional and wanderlust person she’s probably ever known. Yet, she somehow still loves me. I bug her daily about thoughts on life. I always want to go places even when it’s obvious we can’t travel at the time. She gives continual advice that I don’t always follow. I have moments when I’ll burst into tears mid conversation (then she not only becomes a mother’s shoulder to cry on, but a friend). I know my mom doesn’t understand me half the time, but she at least tries to (and that’s enough for me). Through all my over thinking and emotional days, my mom is still the rock that keeps my focus directed towards Christ. For this point alone, my mom deserves the “best mother of the year” award.
2. She’s a prayer warrior
For as far back as my memory allows me, I’ve never once witnessed my mom miss a day of doing her devotions. She wakes up early every morning, makes her cup of coffee, then sits on the front porch to read her bible and pray. She prays every single day for me and my brothers and our future spouses. She prays for our family and their salvation.
My high school years were a nightmare; not just for me, but mainly for my parents. I “acted out” as some people put it. My parents didn’t know how to handle an “out of control” daughter. So what did my mom do? She prayed. She prayed every day through my high school years for my relationship with Christ to bloom, my wounds to be healed, and for me to learn forgiveness. I put my parents through hell and my mother still prayed for me. That’s not just true love. That’s a true Christian.
3. She forgives
Because of everything I put my mother through emotionally growing up, my mother has all the reason in the world to be angry and bitter with me. Instead, she forgave me. My mother had a choice: hold a grudge against me or let it go. I’m so grateful she chose the latter. It’s through my mother forgiving me for all the choices I made that I learned the value of forgiveness.
4. She’s always honest
My mom is always honest. Sometimes brutally. She always keeps me straight. I must admit that at times I wish she’d sugar coat things, but in the end I know I can go to her for anything and she’ll always give me her honest opinion. No lying (not even a white lie). No sugar coating.
My mom is a pretty emotional person and she typically ends up acting on those emotions (she won’t like that I pointed this out). It’s not always a bad trait, but if she gets upset about something, she tends to impulsively act. If you upset her, she makes sure you know. If you hurt her, she’ll point it out. If you make her happy, she’ll go out of her way to do the same for you.
5. She loves her family unconditionally
My mother has a big heart. If I were to sum my mom up in one sentence it would be this: she is full of compassion. She has a heart for the lost and hurting. If she could, she’d house every homeless person that crosses her path. My mom would feed every hungry individual and listen to anyone that needs to talk.
Two nights ago my aunt passed away peacefully in her sleep to be with Jesus. Hospice was called in at the beginning of the week so we knew the time was coming. Even though my aunt was my mom’s sister-in-law, when she heard the news she burst into tears. She could hardly talk because her heart was breaking for my aunts children. It was just two days before Mother’s Day and they wouldn’t have their mother to celebrate. She feels for the hurting. She can place herself in other people’s shoes and knows exactly how they feel. She’s an intercessor and I love it. When she says she understands, I know she does. When she says she’s praying, I know she is. When she says she loves me, I never doubt it.
She homes the homeless. She gives money to the poor. She honors her husband and delights in her children. Every word from her mouth praises God and she is blessed because of it. My mom is a living example of Christ’s love for His people.
My mom isn’t just my mom. She’s my role model, my best friend, and my rock. I wouldn’t exchange her for another mom. Ever.
Proverbs 31:26, 28-31
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue… Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”
Think you have the best mom in the world? Make up your list and tell me why!