Saturday, May 7, 2016

My Cup of Blessings ~

"Motherhood is the privilege of molding a life and
shaping a character whose influence will extend into eternity. 
It is the opportunity of beginning a life and leading it back to God."
~ Author Unknown 


"Her children rise up and call her blessed,
and her husband also, and he praises her."
(Proverbs 31:28)


* My daughters and me celebrating Mother's Day over tea and precious fellowship this past week *

 My overflowing cup of blessings are the words which echo from my heart.
Thank you God, for entrusting me with two
beautiful daughters and four handsome grandsons to love and care for
with whom belong to You,  first and foremost.
Years ago when my daughters were very young
I wrote some words at the end of Proverbs 31 in my Bible.
"Mother's must live a godly life so her children will
want the Christ she serves." 
As a mother and grandmother,
my mothering efforts and energies have been  focused on 
one goal: to raise each child and grandchild to 
know, love, serve and honor the Lord all the days of their lives.
The children of our Proverbs 31 woman give her life
its highest reward. They bless her. They praise her.
The children experience the sweet fruits of her virtues,
and she experiences the sweet fruits of their lives 
and rejoices in them.
Truly her cup of blessing overflows!


My precious daughters are no longer living in our home,
they are both grown women with family's of their own now.
My care has not ceased,  for I now share my mothering efforts
through a long-distance outpouring of love towards them.
We have become friends ~ my heart rejoices
when they rise up and bless me with the love they have for me, as their mother.
Every minute-indeed every second we spend giving the gift
of time and of ourselves to our children
is an investment in their character and in their future.


As a Grandmother ~ I also have the privilege to join together with God
and help train up the next generation,
those who will, in turn, train up the generation
that comes after them.
"Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it."
(Proverbs 22:6) 
We are responsible to hand down the Truth
 from generation to generation.
Another note I made to myself at the end of Proverbs 31 many years ago was;
"The secret of the Proverbs 31 women was that 
she feared the Lord.
She loved her God, and therefore,
 she was a blessing to her family.
"Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that
fears the Lord, she shall be praised."
(Proverbs 31:30)

Oh Precious Heavenly Father,
cause us to glean the Truths found in Proverbs 31,
and trust You in helping us to apply them
to our own lives passing them on to the next generation
so they will grow up knowing You.
Loving You. Serving You and bringing glory to Your Holy Name.

Mother's Day Blessings!
~ Debbie ~


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a beautiful post dear Debbie!

I love the photo of the three of you.

God's continued blessings on you and yours ~ FlowerLady

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Pure delight, dear Debbie, as I read this post! Such a beautiful mother you are with such special daughters, and grandchildren. A lovely way to celebrate Mother's Day, in the tea room! Just loved the picture of the three of you, such joy and beauty radiates from all three of you. Encouraging and blessed words you've written about motherhood - the highest of all callings, to teach our children about Christ, and point them to Him! You certainly have embodied that and more! Certainly you are a blessed mother, and praying the Lord continues to bless your dear heart! Happy Mother's Day to you!

Karen said...

Wonderful post. Have a blessed Mother's Day. The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are safe.

Linda said...

Dearest Debbie, this is such a lovely post! God bless you and have a wonder filled Mother's Day!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, Very true and blessed words! Having children and now having grandchildren is truly from the Lord! I am now a no-reply blogger, but you can come visit anytime. Hugs, Roxy

JES said...

This is beautiful. Thank you for this motherly encouragement! :)

Joyful said...

What a lovely post. Everything you say is true. The photo of you and your beautiful daughters is very nice too. Blessings and Happy Mother's Day. xx

Sylvia said...

Reading your post,Debbie, touched my heart. You said the very words that I feel in my heart toward my children and grandchildren. May God bless you on this Mother's Day.
Love the photo of you,Stephanie and your other daughter.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Beautiful words dear sis to lift our eyes upward to the one who is our Saviour Guide and King, truly it is b His grace we can trace His finger over our lives in the way He enlightens our hearts with His word.
Thanks so much for the inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Melanie said...

Such a beautiful post and what a lovely photo of you and your daughters! Have a blessed Mother's Day, Debbie.

Simply Linda said...

What a beautiful post, sweet friend. A Happy Mother's Day to you...

Jeanna said...

Beautiful words you have blessed us with this morning. Thank you, Debbie.

Happy Mother's Day!


Debby Ray said...

Oh, what a beautiful post filled with wise and uplifting words! And what a beautiful photo of you with your two beautiful girls! This may have been the first time I have seen a picture of Stephanie's gorgeous sister. Motherhood is absolutely a gift from God, no matter how rough the road can get! Today, my dear Aaron was sitting next to me in church...he has finished his program and is HOME! I haven't even had a moment to post about it yet. May you have a beautiful day, my sweet friend!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a beautiful portrait of three lovely women, Debbie! Thank you for sharing the wisdom of proverbs with us, on this Mother's Day. I am currently reading Proverbs myself and will be sure to note those beautiful verses. Happy Mother's Day blessings to you, sweet friend.
With love, Kitty

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a beautiful, perfect post for Mother's Day. I can say that you reached your goal of training up your children in the Lord by example of your lovely daughter Stephanie. I am sure your other daughter is just as lovely in spirit. Sadly, my two daughters are yet to be saved and I pray for the day that the Proverbs 31 verses are true for me. Bless you for your wonderful example!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, precious Debbie, what a beautiful post with the photos of you and your lovely daughters! Truly, you have been blessed by God with a wonderful family, and I know that God will continue to bless you all. And your cup overflows. What a joy to know that your children and grandchildren will grow to love Him more and more, especially as they see how you love the Lord each day! I wish you a blessed and joyous Mother's Day! Hugs and love, precious friend!! May God continue to be glorified in all you do and say! xoxo

NanaNor's said...

Dearest Debbie, I love this post and my heart echoes the words you share-except that I have11 grandchildren from our two daughters. It is an honor and joy to have raised them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and I love that they are both Prov. 31 women. One of the truths I heard when my girls were growing up is that young boys/men should also know Prov.31, so that they can look for a wife with those characteristics. May He be glorified by the lives of our children and grandchildren!
Blessings to you today.

Daniela said...

What a delight to be here, you always put a smile on my face and lift up my spirits, I'm so very grateful to you for this, dearest, precious Debbie !

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, I wish you a most wonderful new week ahead, sending much love and blessings of Joy to you


shortybear said...

beyond lovely

September Violets said...

A beautiful post with lots to think on Debbie. Happy Mother's Day!


Robyn said...

This is such a lovely post, Debbie, and I have been looking forward to seeing what you post for Mother's Day because I knew it would be special. A fabulous photo of beautiful women! Lots of love to you, friend. xoxo

Roosterhead Designs said...

Such a fabulous post Debbie!!
Thank you for the encouraging words, beautiful scriptures and the
lovely photo of you and your girls~ Blessings,
Karen O (wish I did not have to get to work! I will be back to re-read : )

Stephanie said...

This was such a lovely post, mom. I appreciated the wisdom you shared and loved the words, "Mother's must live a godly life so her children will
want the Christ she serves." So very true! This wisdom can be applied to motherhood as well as being a testimony for the Lord to all those around us.

I had a delightful time with you and big sis on Friday - the Lord couldn't have given us a lovelier day and He certainly blessed our time together.

Love you!

HappyC said...

I found you at last! It helps to use the keyboard correctly! You have a lovely blog that blesses many. Thank you for sharing your life this way and for the gifts of remembrance you gave to the seniors on your latest trip here. I pray that this new outreach continues to grow and blossom to God's glory.

Vicky Hunt said...

Beautiful post from a beautiful lady. Love the words you shared from your note in your bible. We can't ask for more than that. :) I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day and are having a delightful week.

Blessings, Vicky

Pom Pom said...

Beautiful thoughts on mothers and Mother's Day, Debbie!
I LOVE my parcel so very much! SO MUCH!
I'm so sorry that my package to you is taking so long. You'd think this granny could get her errands run, but somehow I can't hurry!
I'm so sorry if you've been inconvenienced! (BIG HUG!)

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh...what a beautiful post filled with truly precious words. Motherhood is a wonderful role and oh! How glad the Lord's heart must be when He sees it being embraced by His children... I greatly anticipate the day I too will {Lord willing} become a mother... I so enjoyed this post, dear Debbie...and am very glad you had a blessed Mother's Day this year! With love and blessings to you...

Jean | said...

Debbie, beautiful thoughts on mothers and grandmothers. I feel the influence of my mother and grandmothers to this day, though they died many years ago. And their influence carries over into my blog where I share the food traditions I carry on in their memory. Love the photo of you with your two lovely daughters.

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