Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her works praise her in the gates.
Thought for the Day: Does our “Normal” begin with God?
Every morning she awoke and began her normal routine of getting her children up and ready for school. As she went room to room, she said, “Get up! It’s time to get ready for school!” and left the rooms for them to awake. She put breakfast on the table and called them to sit and eat before time for school. She told them to go brush their hair and brush their teeth before they left. Well, not exactly! She awoke and began her routine of getting the children up and ready for school but it was a different “normal” for her. She awoke one boy and put him in his wheelchair to push him to the bathroom where she picked him up and put him on the toilet. She went back to their bedroom and picked the other boy out of his bed to put him in his wheelchair to roll him to the breakfast table. After time, she switched them. She then worked to dress them for the day, physically putting on their clothes. As they were normal sized teenagers, it was very demanding and she was tired when she accomplished that job. Lastly, she brushed their hair and set them up to brush their teeth using basins set up at the table in front of them. But that was not the end of the routine. She then pushed them in their wheelchairs up in the van (not handicapped accessible) and drove them to school. She pulled them out of the van when she arrived at school and turned them over to their student caretakers (Marty and Rommie) when she arrived. Later during college years, this routine included her pushing the boys to different classes in separate buildings. She even sat with them and took notes in their classes when it was needed. What a morning routine.
I awoke today thinking about my sweet mother as it would have been her 81st birthday. Each day I awake and begin my normal routine that is normal. Waking children for school and church can be difficult, but when I think of my “normal” in comparison to the “normal” my mother had, I am in awe. My mother did not “sign on” to a life that was so very difficult, but she did live the life as a mother who loved her children so much she literally gave her life for them. God blessed me with this special mother who not only took care of the needs of my brothers, but took care of the needs of a “normal” daughter who had “normal” teenage problems and demands. Somehow, she did it. Somehow, she accomplished “everything”. That somehow was “God”. As she awoke each day, she woke up to God first reading her devotions and praying. I don’t know what she prayed, but I am sure she prayed for her children first and prayed she would be who we needed her to be each day. My mother was the perfect example to anyone who watched of a true Christian woman in love with her God and her family. Happy Birthday, Mary Jane Henderson.
Prayer: Father God, you have blessed us with people who love us. Thank you for bring inspirational people into our lives to be examples of You. Help us to follow their example and be who you need us to be today. Amen.
Prayer Focus: “Normal” routines