Titus 2:3-5 (NASB)
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,
4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
I realize that Mother’s Day was yesterday, but I wanted to write some of my thoughts about the day that we have set aside for moms. I know that not everyone has the same feelings about Mother’s Day as I have, but I think that the day can be a very special day. I also understand that the day can bring about negative feelings or sadness for some who have lost their moms in the past year or moms who have lost children. I pray that as you read this, your thoughts are of the preciousness of your mom or your children.
Yesterday as I was praying and thanking God for my mom, Shirley Watson, I was reminded of the special lady who gave me life and chose to give me up for adoption. You see, that lady made a very brave choice in 1962 to allow her pregnancy to develop to full term and then give birth to someone who she would never see or hold or know anything about. I am sure yesterday, if she is still living, she would wonder about that little boy that she gave birth to. I just want to say thank you to God for giving her the courage and strength to do what she did.
My mom, Shirley Watson, _on the other hand had the strength and courage along with my dad, Doyle Watson, to adopt three children from situations they did not know a whole lot about. As I was growing up, Mom was always there for me. I remember one day sliding down a slide in our backyard right into an ant hill. I was covered with ants and she took care of me. I remember when Bimbo died. I was about 4 and how she consoled me. My mom chose to stay at home and work with her three children to make sure they had the very best and very safe place to live. We might not have had everything, but we had everything that was important. When I go home to Nederland now, I still go to the house that I grew up in. Sure there have been add-ons and the street has been widened, but it is still the house on the corner that carries so many memories. As I have gotten older, I have wondered how we could play such wonderful games of kick-ball in our small backyard. So many of the neighborhood kids came to our house to play. There was always Mom there to help referee when needed as well as provide refreshments to everyone. Mom taught me so much as I was growing up. She taught me how to be fair with others as well as to accept others, regardless of their backgrounds. She taught me discipline in many areas of my life. She always wanted me to be as well rounded as possible. (I think I’m rounded in areas she did not intend now though.) I remember her wanting me to continue taking piano lessons even though I thought they interfered with my basketball playing. I guess I could go on for a long time reminiscing about growing up with a mom that chose to adopt me and love me unconditionally. Sometimes even now she helps me see the truth in life and how to apply it daily with the people closest to me.
This morning on the TV, while I was at the gym, some ladies were talking about the different attitudes toward motherhood. I actually got aggravated with some of their opinions. (It was the only thing on the TV’s in the gym at the time.) Let me tell you. Having a mom that put you before life itself and maybe her personal dreams and aspirations is the greatest gift a person can ever have. The example of love and devotion that I received growing up on the corner of 21st and Elgin in Nederland, TX is something that can never be replaced. Thank you Mom for loving Dad with all of your heart (for 58 years this summer) as well as giving yourself totally to your three children!!!! What an example of a Titus 2 woman you have been for all around you. Thanks again.