3 things my mother taught me
With Mother’s Day being this Sunday, today I wanted to do a special Mother’s Day post, dedicated to my own momma! This is my first Mother’s Day as a momma (well, last year i was about 14 weeks pregnant with Shiloh!) and it has a whole new meaning to me now. Not only because I have my very own daughter, but because I also have a whole new appreciation for my own mother, and what she has taught me. I wanted to shoot some pics with my mom while I was in Dallas a few weeks ago, but didn’t get the chance to since I had strep. But today I wanted to share three things my mom taught me that I hope to pass down to my daughter, Shiloh. [Also I apologize in advance for the surplus of photos in this post haha I had a hard time narrowing it down].
#1: Time with God / in the Word is the most important thing
Ever since I can remember, I have memories of walking downstairs in the morning and seeing both my mom and my dad reading their Bibles, early in the morning. My mom has led countless women’s Bible studies at churches, and knows the Bible better than anyone I know! But, I never felt like it was a “checklist” thing for her. It wasn’t like “I need to read my Bible to be a good person.” My mom has such a deep love for the Lord that she has always desired to spend time with Him and know Him. My mom has taught me that it’s impossible to have a real, growing, intimate relationship with God without spending time with Him.
I love my Bible study / quiet times in the morning, just me and God. It’s the best way to start my day, my ultimate source of peace, and truly keeps me grounded. I pray that starting at a young age, Shiloh will also love spending time with Jesus and long to know Him in a real and personal way!
#2: “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31
If you know my mom, you know she is absolutely STUNNING. She’s always cared about fitness, is tan year round, and has incredible skin haha she’s honestly a smoke show. But, growing up (and now), my mom never obsessed about her physical appearance. She is gorgeous and takes care of herself of course, but you can tell…her outward beauty is not where her security lies. My mom has always made a “fear of the Lord” her priority and focus, far above her physical appearance. The way she lives her life shows that physical beauty is fleeting, and her ultimate hope and love and security is in Jesus….and that is where true beauty lies.
I pray that Shiloh grows up to be a woman who fears the Lord, and who searches for her ultimate peace and security through Him and Him alone. Obviously I think Shiloh is absolutely beautiful, but I pray that her inner beauty would always shine because she’s a woman who loves Jesus with her whole heart.
#3: Family comes first
I am one of 6 kids, so my mom is basically superwoman. She has spent the last 30+ years serving us, raising us, taking care of everything…and still does! Growing up, “family time” was always a big priority in our home. We has “family Bible studies”, when we went on vacations we could rarely invite friends because my parents wanted us to just focus on family. At times I remember thinking it was kind of silly…but looking back, I so appreciate the emphasis my parents always put on family. My siblings are my best friends and I’ve always had amazing relationships with them. Even now, my mom still bends over backwards to serve or help her children. Her and my dad drove to Boulder when I went into labor with Shiloh, and she stayed with me for a WEEK to help – made my meals, forced me to take sitz baths or take a nap haha, did our dishes, and so much more. There is no doubt in my (or anyone’s!) mind how much my momma loves and prioritizes her family.
I hope I pass this down to Shiloh! I hope to teach her how important family is and that we should always do our best to prioritize and serve each other well.
I could honestly go on for days about all of the things I hope to pass down to Shiloh that my momma taught me. I wish all of you guys knew her too, because she’s someone who will change your life when you meet her!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of my wonderful mom’s out there! And for those of you who aren’t moms yet…make sure you hug your moms tight and let them know how much you appreciate them. They really are modern day superheroes!