Thinking about Mother's Day coming up. Sometime
we women can feel ambivalent about this day, especially knowing that at
church we may hear unrealistic tributes or portraits of perfect mothers
that will cause us to feel we don’t quite measure up. We are all still
human, stumbling along and doing the best we can, sometimes doing
awesome things, sometimes faltering, and certainly needing all the help
we can get. In a brand new book, The Sweet Still Waters of Home:
inspiration for mothers from the twenty-third psalm, I celebrate the
great principles of shepherding laid out by the Good Shepherd, and
consider how mothers can use them in our own lives.
Here’s one of my favorite excerpts.
SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE...
Not maybe, not probably.
Just as sheep follow the shepherd
Because there is an affinity between them
So qualities and experiences and people follow us.
What we have become sings its own song
Vibrates like a tuning fork
And is answered by its equal.
I would bathe you, wrap you
In goodness and mercy, my love.
I would feed you goodness and mercy
Fill our home with the sounds and smells and speech
Of goodness and mercy
Until they are in the soft marrow of your bones
And in your expectation.
Look for nothing else.
Do not wake up thinking that something bad is coming.
I know people whose creed seems to be:
Surely badness and harsh judgment will follow me
All the days of my life, especially today
And I’d be better off to stay in bed.
Know that you are followed, tracked, pursued
Not by enemies and persecutors
But by your best friends: goodness and mercy.
What I would teach you, child, I first must learn.
I must become a mother who bathes and wraps herself
In goodness and mercy.
Giving all to you and nothing to me
Is not good.
Forgiving you and finding fault with me
Is not merciful.
I must anoint myself with the oil of gladness
Dress myself in colors of praise
Serve myself from a full table
That I might have life more abundantly.
And when I forget or fail
Then mercy from you and mercy from me.
What a wonderful foursome we make
As we walk this path:
You, me, and the promised
Goodness and mercy that will follow us
All the days of our lives.
SOMETIMES A MOTHER JUST HAS TO LAUGH:
A man observed a woman in a supermarket with a little girl seated in her shopping cart. As they passed the bakery section, the little girl asked for a cookie and her mother told her, "No!"
The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said calmly, "Now, Connie, we just have half of the aisles left to go through, so don't be upset. It won't be long now."
They soon came to the candy aisle and the little girl began to yell for candy. When she was told she couldn't have any, she began to cry. The mother said, "Now, now, Connie, don't cry….only two more aisles to go and then we'll be checking out."
When they finally got to the checkout, the little girl immediately began to reach for the gum. When she was told there wouldn't be any gum purchased, she burst into a terrible tantrum. The mother said serenely, "Connie, we'll be through the checkout in a few minutes and then you can go home and have a nice nap."
The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. "I couldn't help but notice how patient you were with your little Connie," he began.
"My little girl's name is Diana," the woman replied. “I’m Connie!”
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PLENTY OF AUTOGRAPHED MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS TO CHOOSE FROM AT http://www.clpearson.com/personal_gifts.htm The Sweet, Still Waters of Home (for inspiration); I’m Still a Hot Babe, But Now It Comes In Flashes (for fun); In Dog Years I’m Dead (for more fun); DVD and book of Mother Wove the Morning (to remind us of our need for God the Mother), or a wide variety of other CLP books. FREE COPY OF NO MORE GOODBYES with any order over $30 received by April 22nd.
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And finally, for all mothers. And actually for fathers as well--
Love and blissings from your friend,