In honor of Mother’s Day, my good friend Lisa Grimes shares a tribute to her mother, Amy Edwards, who is one special lady. Lisa’s mom bakes my favorite dessert, flourless chocolate torte, for me every year for my birthday. She inspires many of us. You’ll see why in Lisa’s words below.
Lisa’s Tribute to Her Mom
For decades, my mom has set a great example of the importance of having a quiet time of prayer and Scripture reading, and seeking to live for Christ. Her daily time with God grew more important these past two years as she faced multiple challenges — tragedies really.
- A broken hip.
- Hip surgery.
- Loss of her beloved husband.
- An extended bout with Covid.
- Another hip surgery.
- More time in confinement.
- A fender bender which fortunately took a greater emotional toll than physical — although her car might not agree!
- Almost total loss of vision in her left eye. Did I mention her favorite pastime is reading?
As each new obstacle rolls over her, she has a choice to make. Will she let this next difficulty wipe her out?
Mom has remained steadfast in her time with God. She has learned to lean harder on Him. Sure, she’s gotten down at times, but she chooses to focus on the fact that God always provides — either a way out or comfort during.#Mom has set a great example of the importance of having a quiet time of prayer and Scripture reading, and seeking to live for Christ. Her daily time with God grew more important as she faced multiple challenges. #MothersDay Click To Tweet
Pulling Up My Big Girl Panties
Recently she said she has to remember to pull up her big girl panties.
Adjusting to seeing from only one eye and unable to have visitors due to a Covid exposure a few days ago, she acknowledged her choices: sit in her recliner and feel sorry for herself or get those panties on. Praise God, she chose once again to get them on.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth (Ps. 121:1-2 NIV).
Mom knows her strength comes from God alone. So she chooses to remain focused on Him and His many blessings. When life hands us the proverbial lemons, one sure way to make lemonade is by taking the time (and effort) to reflect on God’s goodness and many blessings. This requires intentional effort as it doesn’t come naturally.
While this might not change our immediate circumstances, it changes our attitude. And a better attitude changes almost everything.
We’re told in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (NIV). Notice this verse doesn’t say we need to thank God for the difficulty, but it does say to thank him in it.
Philippians 1:29 (NIV) takes it to a whole new level.
For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.
Mom has learned to lean on God as her protector. She’s learned to rest in a lonely house without fear of every strange noise (Isaiah 41:10).
While this has been a most trying season in Mom’s life, what a blessing to have a mom whose faith hasn’t wavered through it all! I’ve watched her faith grow stronger. She’s impacted not only her children, but her grandchildren. Friends. Neighbors. Her healthcare providers. I know God is smiling.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you (Isaiah 26:3 NIV).
Mom has learned the secret to His peace. She finds it in His Word and prayer. He is her constant companion. By His strength, she keeps pulling up her big girl panties. What are you facing that requires big girl panties?
Thank you, Lisa and Amy, for inspiring us!
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