Monday, May 12, 2008

FLOWERS FOR MOMMY

Though he is not my child, it is only as a treasured memory that I recall the brief but precious moments that pass between a mother and her son. As I painted this image, I could just imagine the wonderment this babe must have experienced as he came upon a magical garden full of flowers that grew heads above his own. In my mind's eye, I could see this child as he tugged and pulled one giant stem from the ground before laying it carefully aside in order his hands be free to pick a few more. I could sense the gentleness of his touch as he lovingly gathered the beautiful bouquet up into his little arms. And oh, how his heart must have danced as he stood in the doorway catching the first glimpse of his mother’s pure delight.

Each time I look into that joyful little face, I pause to pray for this one so freshly come from God and for all the dear Mommies out there who leave their print on the ones God places within their care. God has entrusted these Mommies with a great and awesome responsibility.

As I write this, I am reminded of how one author defines the word “responsibility”. He says “responsibility” is the “ability to respond.” I love this definition because, in this context it means that God did not simply give Mommies a daunting task to perform, He gives them the “ability to respond” to every situation that comes their way as they endeavor to guide and protect their children.

As for those days when I felt overwhelmed as I mother, I can say in all truth that when I fell on my knees and gave Him complete control over me, He gave me the ability to respond in His love, the wisdom to direct my children’s tiny steps, the insight to monitor their growth, the skill to organize a schedule, the courage to take charge, and the strength to discipline in a way that built and did not destroy.

My “flowers” to you, Mommies, is to tell you that what you do matters. You are important in the life of your family. Every day you rise early, fix breakfast (however simple), pray with them about the concerns of their day, and engage them in conversation as you car pool to and from school, your children's entire world changes forever! Every time you firmly correct their actions or attitudes, their character grows! Every time you are forgiving, the heart of our Lord is being lived out before them! And every time to you rise to the challenge God is giving you on this new day, His purposes are being accomplished and nothing will ever be the same again!

God bless the dear Mommies who watch over the "going in and coming out" of His precious little children.

22 comments:

Joanna said...

Thanks for stopping by. Your paintings are wonderful!!

Tiffany said...

Well said! God has given all the moms a high calling. What an honor that God allows us to take care of His children while they are on earth!

amy said...

That was so beautifully said! The painting is just as beautiful. You are obviously a wonderful artist and mother. Thank you!

mom2boys said...

What an amazing painting! So sweet.

Peapodsquadmom said...

Your work is so incredibly beautiful. I came here by way of Tiffany's blog and am delighted to have been introduced to your artistry as well as your testimony.

Uniquely Yours said...

Thanks for your nice comments! Your work is great and your sooo established.

Joy said...

Wow... your paintings are amazing!!!

Very beautiful, meaningful post! I'll definitely be a regular stopping by!

Mel said...

What a beautiful post and painting. You do gorgeous work! Visitng from A Mom's Heart through the Mommyfest and just wanted to say hello.

mom 2 many said...

WOW!!! Amazing! Your blog is beautiful!!

BrineS said...

So beautiful! Lovely...Lovely work!

Brook said...

i'm glad you were such a great mommie to your babies. you are a great example to me! love you!

Milk Mama said...

That little boy's face is so precious and joyful! I love this photo! You definitely have a God-given talent. It's beautiful!

nessatxmom said...

You have a gift with words as well as with painting. The post and the painting are absolutely lovely!

Joyce Collins said...

Well said, my friend, and the painting is beautiful.

Katie said...

How precious. You captured a beautiful picture.

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Lisa said...

That's just so beautiful!
Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

I just said to say thank you for this post. It really touched my heart.

Evelyn said...

Amazingly said, and what an amazing talent you have. You are a wonderful artist and I am so glad I found your blog!

forgetfulone said...

Your paintings are true works of art! Love them!

Vanessa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your paintings! Your style of art is probably my favorite. God bless!

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Your paintings are beautiful and rich. I admire your ability to catch the nuances of people...

I opted to comment here because of the universality of your words - thanks for sharing your wisdom!