Friday, May 6, 2011

Precious Pansies

Happy Mother's Day
 It is Mother's Day weekend and as is my usual request, I asked Joel for pansies.  They have special meaning for me and remind me of my mother, who died 9 years ago at the age of 92.  Every year since her funeral I have planted pansies in memory of her.  This year we found this beautiful combination ~ love the purple and yellow velvety petals!

Charlotte and Ginger mentioned sharing ways our mothers nurtured us spiritually.  First of all I must share that I had more than one person "mothering" me as I grew up.  My two older sisters each took turns parenting me along with my mom when she was able.  My oldest sister, who raised me for 9 yrs. as part of her family, provided me with the spiritual teachings I needed to become a follower of Christ.  Sunday services and Sunday School, choir, family devotions and prayer time, and helping others are just some of the ways I remember being nurtured as a child.  Thanks to my older sister, I was active in church and went to a Bible college.  When she and her friend met my husband Joel at the college, she told me she had met the man I was "going to marry".  I was not thrilled when she pointed him out and told her so.  She and her friend said, "We will pray about it" and 2 yrs later Joel and I were married.  Joel is the very best answer to prayer I have ever received.  I have been blessed throughout the 43 years of marriage to this special man.

There have been other women in my life who have nurtured my faith ~~ some I have called friends and others I have been inspired by when reading about them.  And some I have called daughter.  As a mother of seven I pray I have nurtured my own children's faith.....I know I have learned much from my own girls who are mothers, and with how they live their lives as women of God. 

On this Mother's Day, may you remember with fondness your own mothers, sisters, and friends who have helped to nurture your faith.  May we all pause to give thanks for those special women that God has blessed us with, while at the same time asking God to keep us open to being a spiritual mentor for others.

Speaking of prayer, would you pray for me as I go in this Wed., May 11th for an endoscopy?  I do believe in the power of prayer!

Stop over and visit Charlotte and Ginger at Spiritual Sundays.


Meli n Pat said...

Oh, we love Pansies up here! Strangely, they seems to be perennial in my yard! I will be praying for your procedure and that you will be blessed this weekend!

Anonymous said...

Hi Renee, A very beautiful Mother's Day post tonight. I am praying for your Wed. endoscopy. I hope you have a very nice Mother's Day weekend.

micey said...

beautiful thoughts this week Renee. And I will be praying for your endoscopy knowing God has it all under control. Happy Mother's Day!!!

sarah said...

I love pansies kids always tell me they look like little faces. And I'll pray for you too Renee.....have a wonderful Mother's Day.

MTJ said...

Hi Renee,

Thank you for sharing a beautiful memory of your mother, and the reminder to be a spiritual mentor.

Blessings and peace.


Lisa notes... said...

You are right that often it is more than just our physical mother who mothers us. I have been blessed by other women also, in addition to my own mom, who have helped me grow spiritually. Thanks, Renee.

Elaine said...

A beautiful post. I am praying for your procedure along with the others.

What a blessing to have had so many wonderful women in your life! Mom's are so great!

God Bless,

Charlotte said...

What a beautiful post, starting with the delightful pansies and then to sharing your family. How wonderful you had extended family to share in your upbringing. I liked the story about the choosing of your husband. That's really neat. Blessings for a Happy Mother's Day and I'm praying about the endoscopy.

Jan Lyn said...

I will most certainly prayer for you, Renee. I am the queen of endoscopies ;) I picture Jesus holding my hand every single time. I also love your pansies-they are so beautiful and a lovely tradition of remembrance.
Happy mother's day to you with love.
Jan Lyn

no spring chicken said...

Not all mother's were actually mothers...

Enjoy your Mother's Day, Debbie

Pamela said...

My sister got me a beautiful hanging basket of pansies when I was in the hospital and I am enjoying it so much.

You were a busy mother raising seven. I wanted a large family but God saw otherwise. I'm so thankful for my daughters.

Praying for and Wednesday.


Vintagesouthernlife said...

A beautiful Mother's Day post. I am praying for you that all things go well on Wednesday.

Joan said...

I think pansies are so beautiful. To me, they look joyful.

Lifting you up in prayer and I wish you a Happy Mother's day.


Anita Johnson said...

I love pansies too, they look like little faces to me! I enjoyed reading how you met your husband...and congratulations on your long marriage...we will have our 30th this June. Enjoy Mother's Day weekend!

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

Your pansie is beautiful and what a beautiful tribute to your mom to plant these every year.I will be praying for you this week.
God Bless,

NanaNor's said...

Hi Renee,Thank you for your comment today-it blessed me! You can be sure I'll be praying for peace that passes understanding and for His healing hand on your procedure.
I too love pansies, especially when they keep on coming back. Blessings to you this day.
Prayers and hugs, Noreen