A Mother's Heritage: Inspiring People

After I had my son in September my sister-in-law gave me a gift. She gave me a journal titled A Mother’s Heritage, A Loving Keepsake For Your Children by Ellie Claire. This is different from your every day journal in that instead of an empty canvas for you to free write, it has the topics and questions laid out for you. I like it because it prompts you to share insight to who you are that you may have never shown otherwise. Most of these questions are dealing with topics that, unless my children actually asked, I don’t think I would have jumped up and shared. Instead of writing them in the book, I decided it would be easier to do a blog post for each.

Children who mature into stable young adults almost always have had a caring adult figure who has been a positive model in their life. – Doug Fields

This week’s journal question was … A love one who inspired me … My heroes are …

Growing up loved ones who inspired me were both of my grandmothers. I was always admiring how they both worked so hard for their families and always seemed to be able to provide everything for everyone who was in need. It encourages me to think of how resourceful they were. They both came from a place and time when it was common place to make your own clothes, grow your own food and create your own forms of entertainment which didn’t involve a computer or television.

My heroes are … I had to think about this one for a while because I can’t recall having any heroes growing up. Not that I didn’t have any, or that there were any influential people in my life because there were many. I just can’t remember any right now. How today I have many heroes, mostly the strong ministry leaders and pastors in my church.

A Mother's Heritage: Handling Loss

After I had my son in September my sister-in-law gave me a gift. She gave me a journal titled A Mother’s Heritage, A Loving Keepsake For Your Children by Ellie Claire. This is different from your every day journal in that instead of an empty canvas for you to free write, it has the topics and questions laid out for you. I like it because it prompts you to share insight to who you are that you may have never shown otherwise. Most of these questions are dealing with topics that, unless my children actually asked, I don’t think I would have jumped up and shared. Instead of writing them in the book, I decided it would be easier to do a blog post for each.

God is the Father who is full of mercy and all comfort. He comforts us every time we have trouble, so when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NCV)

This week’s journal question was … When I lost someone close to me …

Thankfully I didn’t have endure much loss during my young years. In fact it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I lost my first close relative, my paternal grandfather. My brothers and I were blessed to have our grandparents live with us for most of our childhood. I was maybe four years old when they migrated from Jamaica to join the family in America. It was because of them that my parents were able to comfortably return to work and know that we were taken care of. So it was hard for my family when my grandfather past away. It was even harder when about seven years later my grandmother past away. I was just glad she was alive to watch me get married. And I know they are both looking down on their great grandson now and being very proud.

A Mother's Heritage: Holding my Child

After I had my son in September my sister-in-law gave me a gift. She gave me a journal titled A Mother’s Heritage, A Loving Keepsake For Your Children by Ellie Claire. This is different from your every day journal in that instead of an empty canvas for you to free write, it has the topics and questions laid out for you. I like it because it prompts you to share insight to who you are that you may have never shown otherwise. Most of these questions are dealing with topics that, unless my children actually asked, I don’t think I would have jumped up and shared. Instead of writing them in the book, I decided it would be easier to do a blog post for each.

I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. – Ephesians 1:16-17 (NLT)

This week’s journal questions is … Holding my child for the first time I felt … and The prayers I have for my children …

The first time I held my child was right after I gave birth. While still attached with the umbilical cord he was placed on my bare stomach and chest for about ten to fifteen minutes. Most of that time was a blur to me. Everyone was still all excited and in enjoying the moment that he entered the world. And me personally I was mostly in shock. I partially was still in denial about the whole situation of being pregnant and having a child so when I actually laid eyes on him and felt his skin I was in shock, excitement and slightly disbelief. It wasn’t until a few hours later when I held him and fed him again that it really settled in and became truth for me. That was when I first realized that I was capable of loving another person more than myself. I have loved and continue to love and honor my husband and put his needs and desires before mine … but the love for my son is totally different.

I have so many prayers for my son. I mentioned in a previous post about a great book The Power of A Praying Parent. That book has really helped me pray some focused and direct prayers for my son ranging from health, salvation, happiness, growth, relationships, education. I know he is only nine months old now but the is no harm in starting the prayers early.

A Mother's Heritage: Experiencing Motherhood

After I had my son in September my sister-in-law gave me a gift. She gave me a journal titled A Mother’s Heritage, A Loving Keepsake For Your Children by Ellie Claire. This is different from your every day journal in that instead of an empty canvas for you to free write, it has the topics and questions laid out for you. I like it because it prompts you to share insight to who you are that you may have never shown otherwise. Most of these questions are dealing with topics that, unless my children actually asked, I don’t think I would have jumped up and shared. Instead of writing them in the book, I decided it would be easier to do a blog post for each.

Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body – Elizabeth Stone

This week’s questions are … Experiencing motherhood for the first time. And When I was pregnant I’ll never forget …

Dear precious son of mine,

I consider my first experience with motherhood to be a few hours after you were born. Right after you entered this world and we met face to face, we spent a few moment together. You laid on my chest and we got to know each other and feel each other warmth. You then spent about an hour with your daddy getting all checked out by him and he took you to met some of your other family members and friends. Meanwhile, I was getting cleaned up and taken care of getting ready for our big moment. You were finally brought back to me and we had our first real bond moment together. This was the first time that we attempted to breastfeed. At that time I really didn’t think it went all the successful but looking at it now I realized just how much we accomplished that night. It was in that moment that I first felt like a mother and experienced motherhood. I realized then just how important we were to each other and how much we were going to forever need each other.

When I was pregnant I will never forget the first time that I heard your heart beat. You were only inside my tummy for nine weeks when we went for our first ultrasound. You were already pretty busy in there and moving and a lot. We saw your little body wiggling around and being just as curious as you are today. Then the ultra sound tech turned on the monitor and we heard our tiny heart beating at a super quick one hundred and sixty beats a minute. That was the first time I really believed that there in fact was truly another life growing inside of me. GOD IS SO GOOD!!!

A Mother's Heritage: Motherhood Changes

After I had my son in September my sister-in-law gave me a gift. She gave me a journal titled A Mother’s Heritage, A Loving Keepsake For Your Children by Ellie Claire. This is different from your every day journal in that instead of an empty canvas for you to free write, it has the topics and questions laid out for you. I like it because it prompts you to share insight to who you are that you may have never shown otherwise. Most of these questions are dealing with topics that, unless my children actually asked, I don’t think I would have jumped up and shared. Instead of writing them in the book, I decided it would be easier to do a blog post for each.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. – Ephesians 3:14-16 (NIV)

This weeks journal questions are … Motherhood has changed so much … and When I was picking out names …

I experienced many different changes when I became a mother however one change in particular stands out to me and that is of my concept of time. I have now truly learned the value of time and how to make the most of every minute I have. Even now, as I attempt to write this blog post it seems I can only get about one sentence out at each attempt because my time is always cut short by what my son currently perceive as an emergency. For a seven month old, anything he wants that is out of his reach is an emergency.

I have learned the importance of my time in the morning. It is worth waking up an hour early in order to have my quite time in prayer and reading Gods word. It totally changes my day and how I relate to my husband and respond to my sons needs.

As for his name … we wanted to pick something simple, short and easy. We chose a name that is typically used as a nickname. It was a little frustrating at first when my family kept insinuating that we should name him the full name and just use the nick name while he is a child … he needs a professional name. It took a little bit to show everyone that it will work. We did however give him two long middle names using both of his grandfathers first names.

A Mother's Heritage: Meaning of Mother

After I had my son in September my sister-in-law gave me a gift. She gave me a journal titled A Mother’s Heritage, A Loving Keepsake For Your Children by Ellie Claire. This is different from your every day journal in that instead of an empty canvas for you to free write, it has the topics and questions laid out for you. I like it because it prompts you to share insight to who you are that you may have never shown otherwise. Most of these questions are dealing with topics that, unless my children actually asked, I don’t think I would have jumped up and shared. Instead of writing them in the book, I decided it would be easier to do a blog post for each.

When a baby first looks at you … when it laughs that deep, unselfconscious gurgle; or  when it cries and you pick it up and it clings sobbing you to you … then you are — happy is not that precise word — filled. – Marilyn French

This weeks journal question is: What it means for me to be a mother.

Being a mother has significantly changed my life and in more ways than I had ever imagined it would. Everything in life I now look at in a completely different way. A similar changed happened in my life when my husband and I decided to get married, I grew up, matured and changed. Now this time the changes I encountered I believe made me into a stronger more well rounded women.

Being a mother means far more to me than just haven given birth to a baby boy.

It means sacrifice.

I have to be willing to sacrifice daily for my family. This includes everything from what I eat, to the people I associate with all all the decisions I make.

It means faith.

I have to have faith everyday day that God is protecting and providing for my son. My husband and I cannot raise our son alone. Only God can truly provide for him and teach him all he needs to know. Being a mothers means I have to have faith that through my obedience, love and trust in Jesus Christ that God will equip me as a mother and provide all that my son needs.

It also means opportunity.

I have the opportunity to teach and raise my son to be all that he wants and hope to be. I have the chance to use my life experience, combined with my husbands and all that we learn about parenting from trusted friends and family to educate my and show him how to be a perfect little gentleman.

A Mother's Heritage: Influencers

After I had my son in September my sister-in-law gave me a gift. She gave me a journal titled A Mother’s Heritage, A Loving Keepsake For Your Children by Ellie Claire. This is different from your every day journal in that instead of an empty canvas for you to free write, it has the topics and questions laid out for you. I like it because it prompts you to share insight to who you are that you may have never shown otherwise. Most of these questions are dealing with topics that, unless my children actually asked, I don’t think I would have jumped up and shared. Instead of writing them in the book, I decided it would be easier to do a blog post for each.

The serene beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world next to the power of God – Blaise Pascal

This weeks questions were: The people who influence me now in my Christian walk are … and What I cherish most about my faith is …

Today I am lucky to have several different people in my life that are influencing my walk with the Lord. My husband being a huge factor. God’s word is clear that wives are to submit to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (Ephesians 5:22-23 NIV). As I follow God’s instruction on how to be a godly wife and good support for my husband I am influenced all the more to understand all of God’s Word.

Another big influence in my life right now is the senior pastor at my church. He as been blessed with an amazing teaching ability and knowledge of the Word. He can breakdown the Word in ways that I can apply it to my daily life and truly learn from it. I have matured more in my walk from his teachings then I ever have.

What I cherish most about my faith is my relationship with Christ. When I first started my walk I still imagined God and Jesus Christ as people that were to busy and important to care to know me. Now I know that while they truly are amazing, awesome and powerful they are still my friend. I can call on them and speak to them as I would my earthly friends and I can feels Their presence and know they are there listening and caring for me and my situation.