May 12

God has blessed me with a wonderful wife and mother of our children.  God blessed us with four incredible children, who have become all that we hoped and prayed they would become.  Three of our children are girls who are also mothers.  As I look at our little family, I cannot do anything more than stop and thank God for blessings beyond words.  Of course, we realize that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father.  We also realize that we, like every other family, are not perfect.  I am sure that I am not perfect, and we do not have perfect children.  However, we do serve a perfect God, Who has never failed us!

I have also been blessed with an incredible mother, and two wonderfully supportive grandmothers (all three in Heaven today).  I have also been blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law.  I have heard others making jokes about their “horrible” mothers-in-law, but I cannot.  I am thankful for the parents of my wife.  They did an incredible job of raising my wife to be a godly woman, and I am thankful for them.  Today is the day this year that we celebrate mothers.  As I opened my Bible to read this morning, I read, “Every wise woman buildeth her house; but the foolish pluck it down with her hands” (Proverbs 14:1).

While reading this verse, I could not help but reflect on the women I have mentioned above and the impact they have had, and continue to have, on my life.  I realize that there are two women described in this verse.  A wise woman, and a foolish woman.  As with all of us, we get to make the choice of which we will be.  Will we live wisely today? or will we live foolishly today?  Either is a possibility.  I am thankful that God has placed all these women in my life who have chosen (and are choosing) to live wisely.  The women mentioned above have not been perfect, but each has been committed to living out the principles in the Word of God – that’s wisdom! So, today, on this day we celebrate mothers, I want to thank God for the women He has given me to help direct me, and to help mold my life.  As I watch even our daughters “mother” their children, I learn more and more.  I am thankful for the mother who can see the best in her children, when all others may see a little “brat.”  I’m thankful for the loving care of a mother who took care of the thousands of “boo-boo’s” that occur during normal childhood.  In short, I am thankful for my grand-mothers, mother, mother-in-law, wife, and daughters who are attempting to live as wise women!  God has blessed me and our family because of each one of them.  Love you all!

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