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.
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
Marilyn 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