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My first experience with love was with my mother. Mom was such a loving and self-sacrificing person. She always made me feel like I was the most important person on the planet. She would help me catch spiders when I was 8. She would come and meet me several times a week when I started school in the first grade and take me to lunch at my favorite place, Bozo Hot Dogs. She would comfort me when I fell down, when I had bad dreams, or when my tummy hurt.

I could go on and on about all the wonderful things my mother did for me. Most of all my mother loved me and taught me what it means to love others. She led me to Jesus early in my life. I could share 20k words regarding mothers and that would only be scratching the surface

God in his amazing love and infinite wisdom designed how we as humans are brought into this world. He designed mothers and the whole idea is purely his own. Genius!

This is what I want to discuss today, Mothers!

When I met my wife she was a single mother who was pregnant and had a 6-year-old daughter. We went to the same bible study and I would look forward to seeing her (Hannah) each week at that bible study. Her stories, her laugh, her single mom stories were intriguing to me. I was always impressed with how well she handled her 6-year-old daughter while at the same time being pregnant. Some years went by and I continued to be blown away by how hard she worked and by how successful she was in her career while raising her children as a single mom. Her positive happy attitude in spite of her trials amazed me. In fact, it reminded me of my own mother. One day the thought occurred to me “I wish I could find a wife like Hannah someday”. Hannah was then and still is an Amazing mother like my own mother.

I say all this about my mother and Hannah because they are the two best mothers I have ever known. I want to share how I encourage the mother and wife God blessed me with. You probably know some mothers yourself you would like to bless.

Well hang on to your strollers and let’s jump in.

The first thing to consider is how much is involved in being a mother in the first place. From conception to birth it’s a rough ride with morning sickness, food aversions, and cravings. Basically, I imagine it like having the flu and at the same time gaining weight for 9 months. Mothers are somehow able to not only cope with this but can still find time to laugh enjoy themselves, and for many mothers do this while taking care of their other children

I was blessed by God that he choose me to marry a single mother.

Personally, I decided when I met Hannah I wanted to come alongside her and help make her life easier. As her husband and her partner, I work hard to bring home the money and the resources she needs. But I don’t stop there. I also do dishes, do laundry, change diapers, and put my family ahead of myself. Just as my mother had done for me. And while doing all this, I take time to actually hang out with our children. I get on the floor with them and play with them. Or to put it another way, I love them like Jesus loves me. In showing love this way, I am allowing my wife to feel loved. She gets to sleep in and be less stressed about chores. Raising children is hard and tiring but God gives me all the grace and energy to achieve this – my desire – to love my wife.

When I am unsure how to bless my wife, I pray and ask her Father to give me insight on how to bless her most.

Guys, if you’re married, or your thinking of marrying a mother, then this is great for you! We men love a challenge, Myself, I spend years climbing mountains, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, fighting in foreign wars and just putting myself in situations that I might not survive on purpose. However, marrying Hannah was the greatest adventure I have ever been on and I love it.

In addition to Hannah’s daughters, we have two children and she is pregnant right now. That will bring her total of humans God has entrusted to her to create inside her to 5! Whoah! Talk about wonder woman?! With so much responsibility and sacrifice my wife gives of herself I want to encourage her every chance I can. Mothers work relentlessly to love and raise their children regardless, But I know standing beside my wife and doing whatever I can to help while saying how much I appreciate all she does, gives her life. Also, I pray for her. I say pray for her after all that because while prayer should be something you do to encourage the mother in your life, getting in there and doing some real work is love in action. After all, God gave them the greatest responsibility of us all. To bring humans into the world! The bible says that God knew us while we were in our mother’s womb, that he would leave the 99 to save the one.

How much must he love mothers that he has entrusted them with such a priceless ministry?

Yeah, it really is amazing when you think about it, isn’t it?

In closing, I don’t wait for Mother’s day or her birthday to bring her some flowers, make her breakfast, or let her have some alone time. Any day is a good day to show love in action. I thank God so much for her in my life.

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