The Motherhood of Mom

Oliver Wendell Holmes once said about mothers, “The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men- from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.”

Motherhood is defined as the kinship relationship between an offspring and the mother. Of course this is true, but a Mom is much more than that. A Mom may or may not be the biological parent of a person. A Mom is the woman in your life who nurtured you, cared about you, loved and supported you. I have a friend who adopted a beautiful little girl who is now 12 (Now how did that happen?). Even though my friend is not her biological mother, this beautiful little princess receives the full definition of Mom. She is loved and cherished. This is one example I have experienced to prove that a Mom is more than just a mother. She is the incredible angel that funnels God’s love to and through her children. She has an awesome and beautiful responsibility.

Unfortunately today, many Moms lack support today from a loving husband. Ephesians 5:33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Many Moms find themselves raising children on their own. They face great difficulty but most seem to manage. Some of these Moms feel weak or somehow inadequate, but I know they exhibit great strength, great courage and even greater love. They pour their heart and soul and every ounce of effort into doing the very best for their children. Of course, there are bad mother’s out there, but never have I met a bad Mom. I have enormous respect for Moms.

“There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child – and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own.” – Robert Brault. I think this is another wonderful definition of Mom and a fantastic view of motherhood. A woman who has a baby is a mother, but it is the practice of motherhood and the exercising of great love and care that makes her a Mom.

Sometimes we see images of a mother as a frazzled woman with flyaway hair frustrated by multiple demands on her time, talents and energies. Although this image may sometimes be real, but it is just this image that shows the strength that women are perfectly capable of. Day in and day out, Moms accomplish so many incredible duties, both of love, life and downright survival. Women, it has been said, are the weaker sex, but I beg to differ. The ability of women to juggle multiple duties with such courage, skill and endurance make them strong creatures indeed.  Being a Mom is tough, hard work, filled with both real and intangible rewards. I implore all of you to think about the things your Mom (biological or not) did for you. Realize that each and every little task done for you is a way to say “I love you.” If they are still alive, make sure you let them know you appreciate their efforts. If they have passed on, thank God for the loving care you were given. To all the women who out there are Moms now and in the future, Happy Mother’s Day!!

Don’t forget to check out the Mom’s Life video that I posted last year. You can find it here:  It’s A Mom’s Life  https://truetobeyou.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/its-a-moms-life/

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