For some reason I was asked to speak on Sunday (Mother's day) and for someone else maybe that wouldn't be so ironic, but for me it came as a bit of a surprise considering it is the 4th time I speak on a Mother's Day!! I am not sure what the Lord wants to me learn that I haven't learned in the past 3 talks so I was a good sport about it and prepared ofcourse the night before.
It was kinda cool because we were at Walmart and I went to look at the book section, I found a book that totally took me back to my childhood. I picked it up and started reading it, curious to find out if I would get the same nostalgic feeling, as I turned the pages I couldn't help but recall the days that my mom would sit with me and read me this book when I was a kid. My eyes started to well up and I almost felt them moisten my cheeks, but my moment was interrupted by my husband yelling across the store looking for me. (Can you imagine how crazy I must have looked?!) I hurried and gathered myself, and purchased the book. It became my inspiration for my talk. It was "THE GIVING TREE" by Shel Silverstein. The parallel was so evident to me....the giving tree was JUST like my mom! The tree would give, give, and give....with only one motive, to make the kid happy!
This book already had a special place in my heart, but now it has a whole new meaning.
I am so grateful for my mom and all that she has taught me! She is an amazing woman! It is even more incredible to have two mother in laws who mean so much to me too! We are so blessed to be surrounded by such incredible women who have so much to teach us, and do...simply with their examples!