My Three Mothers

I invite all to read Marilyn’s heart-warming message for Women Walking with Jesus; especially young or new Mom’s. It will bless you tenderly as you raise your children in the Lord.


Woman walking cross country and trail in autumn forestMarilyn Harrell

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”
Proverbs 31: 10 KJV

I’d like to tell you about my three mothers. I know that sounds strange but you will see what I mean!

My Mother who birthed me into the world was with me for only sixteen years before she went home to be with the Lord. But during that short time, she taught me many things about the Christian life. She was THE best Christian woman I ever knew! In fact, I believe that many of the blessings I enjoy today as an adult are the direct result of some of the prayers she prayed for me when she was alive.

She was an old-fashioned person. She had old-fashioned values and an old-fashioned faith in God. She was always telling me things like, “Pretty is as pretty does” and “Two wrongs don’t make a right”. She taught me by example to be honest, thrifty, and kind. She taught me how to sew Barbie clothes and, eventually, clothes for both her and myself. Mama was the anchor in my life and when she died in March of the year that I was sixteen, I didn’t know how I could go on with my life. Only by the grace of Jesus walking with me…and at times carrying me… did I struggle through the next few years. “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” Proverbs 31: 26 KJV

When I was nineteen, I got married. My new mother-in-law became my “second mama”. She taught me how to garden and to can vegetables. I had never done any of that because I grew up in town. She was one of the very best cooks I have ever known. We would get together when the garden came in and can two or three canners full of vegetable soup. Then she would give me half of all we had canned and keep the other half for her and my father-in-law. But the funny thing was that my half just never tasted quite as good as the half she kept! We could eat it at her house and it was the most delicious soup I had ever put in my mouth. I could eat some of the same batch at my house and for some reason it didn’t taste the same. She just had that special touch. Or maybe it was just eating at her table that made it taste so good! I have missed her the past twenty-plus years that she has been with the Lord. “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31: 27 KJV

The year after I got married, my widowed Daddy remarried. My new step-mom became my “third Mama”. She was such a blessing to me over the years. God surely must have wanted to give my Daddy a special blessing when He gave my step-mom to him for a helpmeet. She was a great example of how to really enjoy life. Whether she was cooking for a crowd, fishing and camping with my Dad, taking a walk or pulling weeds in the flowerbed, she enjoyed every minute of it. “Her children arise up, and call her blessed: her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Proverbs 31: 28 KJV

I truly count myself as blessed for having had three of the best Mothers a person could have. Each one of them had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and because of that I know that even though they have passed from this life, I have not really lost them. We will be reunited someday in Heaven.

I learned many things from these three wonderful women but the best lesson was that it pays to walk with Jesus in this life so that we can later spend all eternity with Him when our life here is over.

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31: 30 KJV

P1010895Marilyn Harrell likes writing, in general, but especially when I can write about Jesus speaking to me through ordinary, everyday things which magnify His presence in my life. I want to live a Christ honoring life and am active in our church, work as a volunteer in a local crisis pregnancy center, lead group Bible studies, love to cook and read, and was a homeschool mom to our three children for sixteen years. My husband and I are in our retirement years now and enjoy doing many things together. Please connect with Marilyn at her blog: Walking in Truth

19 Responses to My Three Mothers

  1. What a beautiful message of the ways God has manifested His love to you through the gift of 3 moms. Thanks for sharing! It will touch many hearts. Hugs

      • I’m sure you do miss them. I know I miss my Grandma. She’s been with the Lord since 1990 and was truly the mother/grandma and representation of Christ in my life. One day we’ll see them all again Sis! Hugs.

  2. How wonderful to have had the influence of three godly women in your life! Three mothers is indeed a gift from the Lord. I can’t even imagine losing your mom at age 16. But I love how God provided for you with two more mothers to love you. What a blessing! Thank you for sharing today.

    Blessings and love,

  3. Beautiful! I am the “third” mother to one of our daughters. My husband and his first wife who died adopted Lauren. Her first mother loved her so much when she realized she couldn’t keep her she gave her to her second mom/husbands first wife. I like to say, I gave birth to Lauren as a teenager. We have a very special relationship b/c it was birthed out of those teenaged years. God is awesome how He gives each of us what we need.

  4. I am a avid fan of all things “old fashioned”. Your mother and mine sound much alike, as does our loss of them at such young ages, even though I was a bit older at 26. The other thing that blessed me about your post is how personal is God’s love for us. I could actually see Him walking beside you. He knows what we need; and exactly when we need it. I praise Him for His faithfulness to you; and for your faithfulness in return. Jesus does all things well!

  5. You are the woman your are (in part) because of the rich influence of these 3 women! You are blessed, friend, and I’m glad to have you in my life.

  6. Thank you for writing straight from your heart. My my mother was a very special mom. She made christian crafts for me to take to church to give to women at church. She help make things for the church float that I rode on in the parade with my sister. She made homemade Christmas crafts. My mom was a good mother. She loved all her children and she would do anything for her children. She was a good cook and a good baker. After I got out of highschool my mother got really sick with colon cancer.Me and brother took care of her until she passed away. She lived for two months. She pass away at 48 years old. My grandmother mother was like a second mother to me. She also was a very good cook and baker. She taught me how to grow a garden and showed me how to can. She also taught me how to sew. She taught me about the good Lord and we read the Bible together. I have third mother a woman I go to church with. She is like a mother to me. I call her my adpont mother.

    • Oh Tara….thank you so much for sharing your life’s story with us! It’s so much like mine is. Isn’t God good to put good godly women in our lives after our own mothers passed away!! I pray you will have a godly mother figure in your life always! May God bless you!

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