First, my mom taught me how to be a wife. She taught me how to love my husband. She taught me how to serve him. How to put his needs above everyone else's (sometimes I am not too good at it, but she taught me how). She taught me how to be an encourager to my husband and how to pray for him daily. She taught me how to be submissive to my husband even thought I have a strong will, opinion and a loud mouth. She taught me how to be my husbands #1 cheerleader. Many of things, I learned from my mom by just watching her and my dad's relationship.
My mom taught me how to be a mom. I have never met a more loving, selfless mom. She helped my dad start churches, be on staff, preach, pastor, etc... while raising 3 children. She stayed home with all of us until we were school-aged and sacrificed alot of her time and money to keep us a priority in her life. She taught me how to show grace to my children and to make being a mom a ministry. She taught me that teaching my children about the Lord is the most important role a mom can play in her child's life. She taught me to be calm and in control when things get crazy. She taught me to sing and laugh alot with my kids. She taught me that when your a mom, you no longer have a life to yourself. She taught me that kids always come before the needs of my own. She taught me to be a mom first then a bestfriend. She taught me that sometimes you have to say tough things and give tough love to your children. She taught me that one of the most important things you can do for your children is to love and respect their daddy and make sure they know it.
The most valuable thing my mom has taught me is how to love the Lord. My mom taught me how to have a real, genuine faith. She taught me scripture and Biblical truths. She taught me Bible story after Bible story. She taught me how to live out what I believed. She taught me how to not be ashamed of my salvation. She taught me how to love others and share Christ with them. She taught me how to always bring a meal or gift to someone who was in need. She taught me how to call or visit those who are sick and need a friend. She taught me how to keep my relationship with Christ my number 1 priority. She taught me how to love.
Happy Birthday Mama! :)