Friday, January 22, 2010

good or great mom

dear emily,

i had sort of an epiphany tonight while watching "the book of

it takes a lot of work and sacrifice to be a good mom, but to be
a great mom costs everything:  relationships, reputation, personal

am i willing to endure family members' disapproval to do
something unorthodox that will benefit my child?

am i willing to lose a friendship, because of a vital difference
of opinion regarding our children?

am i willing for school administrators to think less of me for
standing up for my child?

am i willing to lay down my dream to...because my child
needs special time and attention?

sometimes, we just have to say along with the father from
mark 9:24, "Lord, i believe, help my unbelief!"  Lord, i am
willing, help my unwillingness.



dear emily,

you have heard the saying that the glass is either half empty
or half full.  more importantly, we need to make sure that rich,
hearty stock fills our mug, so we have something sustaining
to pour into our little one's cup.

i have been flooded by inspiring quotes and messages this

first, my cousin lane (as in sunday lane) sent a list of five things
we  should do.  if you would like me to email the entire
motivating story, just let me know.

1.   everyone is significant and deserves attention.

2.   help people, you may encounter an angel.

3.   remember and reward those who serve you.

4.   the obstacles in your path may reveal treasure.

5.   give when it counts.

this, of course, reminded me of haiti and encouraged me
to dig in my pockets a little deeper...and wiser.  i have been
so touched by your little ones' gifts to the haitian children.
it also reminded me to open my eyes and SEE people.

jesus said, "whatever you do to the least of these, you
do unto me."  matthew 25:40

i will save the other inspirations for another day.