After reading all the wonderful tributes to mothers yesterday on Facebook, I was inspired to write an after Mother’s Day post. I was contemplating my upbringing and the way in which I hope to bring up my children and I was overcome by gratitude for the blessings in my life. I was raised by two godly parents who had the courage to step out and follow God’s calling to homeschool in the early ’80’s when it was not the popular thing to do. They led by example and taught me the core Christian values that I hold dear today. I pray often that I will be the kind of parent that they are. I regularly saw modeled the disciplines of daily quiet times, prayer, fasting, tithing, dependence on God and commitment to the local church. I was taken on mission trips and encouraged to serve others. My siblings and I were taught to put Christ first above all else in our lives and we saw our parents walk out their faith in front of us. We saw the ups and the downs, the good and the bad. I think when I ponder the blessings of my upbringing these things are at the top of my list. I am so thankful for my parents and my siblings. I am blessed to have a heritage of homeschooling which was the way in which they chose by sacrifice and faith to pass on their values to their children. If you would like to hear more of our story, you can hear an interview at this link: jenni allen radio show
My ten-year-old son wrote me the following poem for Mother’s Day and I thought that I would share it. I pray that this inspiring poem will remind me that my kids are beginning to catch my faith. When the days are hard and the patience is wearing thin, I want to remember that the Holy Spirit is my helper. When I allow the love of Christ to shine through me I will be able to teach my children diligently the things of the Lord.
by Drew Allen
Thank you for all the things that you do
Like washing the clothes that ’til they look quite new
Thank you for cooking our meals each day
And for making us happy in your own special way.
Thank you for teaching us right from wrong,
And for helping us pray all along.
These are only some things that you do,
And to the rest, I will also say, Thank you!