A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO MY MUM
Today is June 6th.
Why is that significant?
It’s significant because it is my mum’s 77th birthday and she is alive, healthy, active and in her sound mind….God is good!
So, because it’s her birthday, it’s my pleasure to use this post to say a few words of thanks to my mother, Judith Pamela Pratt Thompson, aka Ms. Pratt, Mrs. Thompson, Judith, Judy, Jude, Mum, Mummy, Mom-mom, Grammy-Pammy, Aunt Judy, Goddie, Sister Judy and Neighbor.
Today I thank my mother for the wonderful example she has set for me as a wife.
Mum, by your example you have demonstrated to me how a woman can seek to honor God in her marriage, love and care for her husband, be desirable and pleasing to his eyes, be supportive yet not lose her unique personhood and purpose, be submissive, but never at the price of what is right in God’s eyes, seek to express herself honestly and respectfully, not be a nag, not to pressure him for money or material goods, cook to the best of her ability, keep her house clean and tidy, create a welcoming home environment, provide companionship, take good care of his children, embrace his family, honor her marriage vows, and not let herself go, but to keep herself looking good as time passes.
Mum, thank you for the good example you set as a wife.
Today, I also want to thank my mother for the wonderful example she set for me as a mother.
Mum, by your example, you have demonstrated to me how a woman can seek to honor God in her role as a mother, love and care for her children, help them to develop in all areas of their being, physical, mental, emotional, social, and most importantly spiritual through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, spend quality time with them, not be afraid to discipline them when necessary, teach them to be kind, to share with and care for each other, teach them the importance of maximizing their educational opportunities, support their gifts, talents, abilities, hopes and dreams, impart godly wisdom, demonstrate godly character and principles, share what you’ve learned about people and life, show them how to stand on their own feet, be there for them as best you can in times of trouble, and become a friend to them in their adult years.
Mum, thank you for the good example you set as a mother.
Today, I also want to thank my mother for the wonderful example she set for me as a grandmother.
Mum, by your example, you have demonstrated to me how a woman can seek to honor God in her role as a grandmother, and love and care for her grand children…..and the way that all of your grandchildren love you attests to the fact that you are doing a marvellous job!!
Time won’t permit me to elaborate, however I also want to also thank my mother for showing me through her life what it is to be a good example of a daughter, grand-daughter, niece, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, godmother, friend, neighbor, church member, employee, and member of our society.
I wrote the following poem for my mum for Mother’s Day 2002.
Although written 14 years ago, to me this poem is just as good as if written today because there is nothing that I wrote about her that needs to be changed in any way, which in and of itself is a testimony to the consistency of her character and personality…..well, her dog Shera died a few years ago, but now her new dog Footsy gets some of that attention.
Jesus is in her heart
Uprightness is her goal
Dedicated to her family and church
Interested in gardening, magazines and Shera her dog
Tidy, she and dirt are no friends
Healthy, slim and strong
Proud of her heritage
Admirable career accomplishments
Makes a joyful noise unto the Lord
Laughs a lot, especially at silliness
Always believes in prayer
Teacher, never mind her retirement
Helpful, always lending a hand
Outstanding cook, hhhm, hhhm, good
Mindful of the needs of others
PLP, all the way!
Survivor, still standing after many trials
Orderly, she likes everything in place
Noteworthy mother, and grandmother.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM! – may your remaining years be filled with good health, happiness, and the completion of God’s purpose and plan for your life.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” – OBUBANJO
“Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.”
(Proverbs 30:30 – Amplified Bible)
God bless you and I love you.
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