Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Gift of Love

"Three things will last forever~~
faith, hope, and love~~
but the greatest of these is love."
I Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)

This Sunday is Mother's Day~ a time set aside to remember and honor mothers. I believe that all women are mothers in one form or another~ not just those with birth, adopted or step children, but all women who show love to and nurture others.

I have to share a story about our son Mark who was three at the time. We had adopted him as an infant when we lived in The Philippines, and it was quite obvious that he was not our birth child. I was disciplining him one day and he said to me, "You can't tell me what to do, you are not my real mother!" I responded back to him, "Oh yes I am...I have fed you, clothed you, and loved you with my whole heart~ I am as real as it gets!" I never heard another word about that subject again (chuckle).

I have had the privilege of having 3 mom who raised me until I was 12, when she was no longer capable, and my two older sisters who took over the job after that. They all fed me, clothed me, and loved me with their whole hearts ~ doing the best they could at the time.

Love is the most important gift we can give anyone. The Bible devotes a whole chapter to it ~ I Corinthians 13. And all of us know the value of Jesus's perfect love for each of us ~ dying for our sins.

On this Mother's Day I pray that each of you have been blessed with the gift of a mother's love from someone who has touched your life, and in return may we be that gift to others each and every day!

Join others at Spiritual Sundays ( to read or add your own inspirational posts. Ginger and Charlotte welcome everyone!


whidbeywoman said...

This is a great post because it illustrates motherhood in various forms, with love being the common thread. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.

Kelee Katillac said...

Great post Renee! Love the story about your son...and you are so right! Mothering is a state of being!

This is truly your day--7 kids--WOW!!!

Have a beautiful Mother's Day! You deserve it!

love, kelee

sarah said...

love...I first felt that when He touched me...broke through so much hurt and shame and pain. His love taught me to love...and to be the kind of Mom I wished I had had. Thanks for this and I want to wish you a great weekend....Have a Happy Mother's Day.

Joan said...

This is a wonderful post! I love your thoughts "I believe that all women are mothers in one form or another..." I've never thought of it that way before. I admit that Mother's day is often difficult for me (not being a mother) and especially now that my mother an mother-in-law are both gone.

Great words, Renee. Have a joyful and Happy Mother's Day.


sewingseeds4U said...

What a beautiful post...My daughters are adopted and were told exactly that same thing by hurtful classmates. I told them pretty much what you did...touch me, am I real? Do I love you and care for you? Isn't that what a real mom does? They never brought up the subject again either. Happy Mother's Day.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I wish I could of seen the look on your sons face after you said that. I'm sure it was priceless. I think it's wonderful how your sisters stepped up to help raise you.
Happy Mother's Day,

Sandy said...

Hi Renee,
Beautiful post for this special
day. Enjoyed it so much. You
are blessed.
Happy Mother's Day,

Mevely317 said...

This is particularly moving, Renee!
Thank you for sharing from your heart, that the rest of us might be fed.
Happy Mother's Day!


Saleslady371 said...

Wonderful how you honored all women, mothers or not. Happy Mother's Day.

Dominique said...

Renee - great post and a great reminder. Love is the most important gift we can give, isn't it. One I think the world today needs more of.

Happy Mother's Day!

Charlotte said...

Well said, Renee. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
Happy Mother's Day.

micey said...

What a beautiful and encouraging post! Happy Mother's Day!

Gayle said...

Hope your day was special, Renee.

Jan Lyn said...

Great post and I love your spirit of gratitude toward all who mothered you. I chuckled at your response to your adopted child...I've said similar. :)
Happy belated mother's day.

Jan Lyn

daylily777 said...

Wonderful, inspiring post ! I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day !

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you for this thoughtful and inspirational post.

May God bless you always.