My Greatest Blessings Call Me “Mom”

I was recently asked a question that honestly had never crossed my mind. At the time, I was only given a couple of minutes to respond, so I quickly jotted down my answer which is without a doubt what I’d say a thousand times over; however, when I got home and really thought about the question … there’s a lot I could share on the topic. Why am I thankful or what do I like most about being a woman?

Hmmm, let’s be honest, there are certainly times when being a female is not glamorous or fun and it’s rarely convenient. I mean, seriously, it takes me three times as long to get ready as it does my husband, I’m super hormonal at times, I have that fun “time of the month,” I crave chocolate, I see the crumbs on the counter and the toothpaste roll that he’s squeezed from the middle instead of rolling up neatly from the bottom … and the list goes on!!!! There are so many differences between the sexes that they are impossible to count, but when you put the two together, it’s the perfect combination, which was of course God’s grand design all along.The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a helper suitable for him. ~ Genesis 2:18 (NIV)

At an early age God put a deep desire in my heart to be a mom. I can remember sitting in my OB/GYN’s office at 17 or 18 years old (well before I was even considering marriage) crying about how worried I was something was wrong that would keep me from having children. He immediately began asking questions about my symptoms to ascertain what was causing such concern. I had no response other than I was worried (see my previous post 30 things about Amber Edwards, No. 19). I’m not sure what caused me such alarm at that time other than I’m a worrier and I so desperately wanted some day to be a mom.

About ten years after my come apart, God in His faithfulness and perfect timing, blessed me with my first child … my daughter, Shelby and a couple of years later came my son Zac. The best of both worlds … I felt so blessed!

For those of you who are moms, you will know what I am talking about when I say that babies don’t come with an instruction manual like the car sitting in your garage. I quickly realized the only way I was going to not only survive, but thrive as a mom was to look to the greatest instruction manual ever written … God’s word.  It certainly wasn’t always easy! We had our share of hard times and many, many heartaches and seasons of sorrow, but even through a devastating divorce and abandonment of my children by their earthly father, their Heavenly Father remained steadfast and faithful. I was able to stand on the promises of His word and my children were able to see a mom who looked as if she had it altogether when in fact, more times than not, I fell into bed at night wondering if I’d done even one thing RIGHT that day! Looking back now, I see that being a mom is about so much more than raising your children … it’s about growing up with them and allowing God to work in you and through you to not only shape and mold their lives, but to grow you. He’s taught me so many valuable lessons as a mom and I wouldn’t trade a single one because, through those lessons and seasons, I am able to share with other mothers who are navigating the waters of uncertainty just as I once did.

While there are many things I like … “perks” if you will, to being a woman, for me, I love that God made me female because it allows me the tremendous honor of being a mother. One of the most challenging jobs I’ve ever had is, without a doubt, the most fulfilling and the greatest blessing the Lord could have ever given me. My greatest blessings really do call me mom! How about you?

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her… Proverbs 31:28 (ESV)

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Amber Edwards began Blessing Bag Ministry, affording her numerous opportunities to share her love for the Lord with many lost and hurting.   A native of Birmingham and Huffman High School, Amber is happily married with two teens and working as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal.   She enjoys leading women’s small groups and serving as Captain of the Events Team at her church.  Her true passion is for others.  Read Ambers BoP bio here.

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