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Love is Showing Up

by | May 11, 2021 | Faith journey, Marriage, Motherhood | 0 comments

Love is more than talk. Sometimes you need just to show up and show love.

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! And if you did not hear: “Mom, we love you and thank you for all you do. “ Let me cheer you on. You are a great mom! Keep rocking it. 

Maybe you are not close with your mom, or you are working on a closer relationship with your mom. 

Let me encourage you with my story: I have learned that my mom needs grace in many areas. For years she was a very negative person and hold on to things from her past.

As a kid, we do not see this. As we grow up and hear what she walked through and still took care of my brother and me–wow, I am amazed at what a warrior she was. 

My mom and I bumped heads a lot growing up and did not see eye to eye in many areas. She did not discipline me the way I needed. Yes, kids need discipline! 

Let me just give you a tiny little look into the window of my childhood. My dad worked every day and pretty late into the night.

He was tough to communicate with. I was a daddy’s girl as well. I even became a tomboy just to hang out with my dad. But the story is not about him. 

As a kid, I didn’t see that my father was indeed an alcoholic and that he cheated on my mom. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve communicated with her, and she shares these things with me. She did the best she could even stay longer in a hard marriage for us kids.

When I told my mom that our neighbor friend molested me for a stretch of five to seven years, she was heartbroken because I never came to her for help. 

Now our relationship is strong because we opened up and shared how we felt in seasons. We have cried together and have said words that hurt, but needed to be heard. 

No, we both are not perfect, and I have learned how not to do some things that my parents did and to raise my kids on a Christian foundation. My marriage is very different, and I have a husband that’s a firm believer and is there for all of us. 

Now my mom and I talk almost every day. I know it makes her day just to hear my voice and she feels loved. She longs to be closer to us, so we make it work even though we live in two different states. 

When I was told she was going in for back surgery and she was terrified,  I didn’t think twice about looking for a ticket to fly and go help her. I wanted to help her with her home care when she came out of the hospital. 

One thing about my mom is that she is very stubborn and likes to do things her way. So when I asked her if I could come and take care of her for a week, at first, she was going to say no, but finally, she gave in and said yes. Bonus, I’m bringing the youngest grandkid with me to cheer her spirit up since we’re going to be there the weekend of Mother’s Day.

Sometimes just showing up is stronger than any words you could ever speak. Loving someone with your actions speaks volumes. What can you do today through action to show love to someone that needs to hear love today? 

“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

1 Chronicle 16:11 ESV

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