Giving Mom Grace

Having grace for our mothers, forgiving our mothers, honoring our mothers
My mom has been with Jesus for over 20 years, and I miss her so much. 

She wasn't a perfect mother, but she was perfect for me. The Creator of the Universe placed me in her arms so I could enjoy her wonderful strengths and accept her weaknesses. 

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb." Psalm 139:13

If you're thankful for your mom or if you were abused by an emotionally unstable mother, this post isn't for you. 

But if you're like the majority of adult children who complain about their mother's imperfections, take their mother for granted, or put up with their mother as a "duty," I ask you to try something:

♥ Study Matthew 7:1-5 (NIV) and replace "others" and "brother" with "mother."
Look up the definition of "honor."
Study Ephesians 6:2-3.
Expect God to change you heart.

2003:   Five Generations *


* 5 generations--Left to right: my husband's grandmother, our daughter holding our first grandchild, me, and my sweet mother-in-law.


13 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting! I loved participating last week.

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  2. Thank you so much for hosting. You are just a wonderful distance-friend!! I can't figure out the picture. Is the woman on the left of you, your daughter and your granddaughter? What is the relationship of the woman to you, on the right of you? It can't be your mother? right? Because the baby (if your granddaughter would be about 20 years old, and I know your grandchildren aren't that old.

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    1. Hi Judith,
      so glad to have you link up.
      The picture is left to right:
      My husband's grandmother, our daughter holding our oldest granddaughter, me, and my husband's mother.
      My own mother was already with the Lord when this photo was taken. She died the year our daughter graduated from high school.
      I need to make the caption clearer.
      Thanks.

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  3. It was the middle of the night when I was looking at the picture (like 2am)and my mind wasn't clear. So I was trying to figure how your mother (MIL) was in the same pic with your daughter. With a little more sleep, my mind is clearing. Just stopping back because I love looking at pictures and musing about them.

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  4. Thank you for the lovely party - am working on getting the picture with the button to show up on my site. I see others have it, so, as usual, it's me, not you!

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  5. Thanks for inviting me over and for hosting! I too am working on getting the button to show up on my site :)

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    1. So sorry, Emily. I just realized last night that my button isn't working properly. If you could put a text link in your post or on your sidebar, that would be great. Or you can right click on the button, save it to a picture file, and then download it in a gadget for your sidebar and link it to http://biblelovenotes.com. Sorry this is such a hassle. I'm working on making the button workable.
      : )

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  6. Thanks for hosting the link up and for the invitation. I'm all linked up!

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  7. Thanks for the good word about grace for our mothers! It's a subject the Lord had me focus on for an extensive season on. The freedom that has flowed from it has been life changing. Thanks for the additional food for thought!

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  8. Thanks for hosting! I am also having trouble getting the button to work in my widget. Do you have any suggestions? :)

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  9. Thanks for the invite to link-up! I'm rather new at this, and instead of putting my title, put my name! I'd rather it read 'Grace for the Marred Mother's Day' if you know how to change it... Thanks for hosting and for your encouragement!

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    1. No problem. I changed it.
      Next time, you can also change it yourself by clicking the little red "x" you see below your icon. This deletes your link and lets you start over. Thanks for linking up!

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  10. Oh dear, I forgot about your linky party again! I will have to send myself another reminder so that I won't forget. Maybe I'll go ahead and link up a couple of old posts (even though it's over) so that will help remind me next week. I'll do that after I get back today.

    I am blessed to have my mom still alive, although my dad is with the Lord. I am going to be a mother-in-law soon myself and can hardly believe that my son is "old enough" to get married, haha!

    I love how you suggested putting "mother" in those verses and reminding us that we should be honoring and loving her. I am a caretaker for my elderly mom (who is still in her pajamas right now at 1:00 p.m. and hasn't eaten anything today at all).

    Sometimes I really have to nag her over and over to eat, to move around so she gets a little exercise, and to always use her walker which she rarely does). Thanks for reminding me to be respectful in my nagging, lol! Seriously, I do appreciate the reminder as it's so easy to cross that line and forget that she is an adult who has some say over what she does.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

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