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Have you called your mother today? Day 5 of 152…That Feeling of Peace

Remember the crib scene in Terms of Endearment when Shirley MacLaine quietly sneaks into the nursery to make sure her baby is still breathing?  It is one of those “new Mommy” moments that so many of us have experienced.  Second guessing our every move rather than going with our “mommy gut” or better yet…trusting that God is in control.

I’ve been there as a Mommy many times over.  Hoping.  Praying I made the right choice or decision. I’m sure my parents sat back as if watching a funny movie. Perhaps even thinking, “Wow! We did pretty good.”

Observing my children grow into their teens, I’m finding myself adjusting to the realization that, “Wow! We too are doing a pretty good job.” They are making mostly good decisions.  We will continue to raise them by a Godly example so as they mature, so will their decisions.

So why is it that if my parents did a good job and I’m doing a good job that I’m so worried about the choices my parents are making with their own healthcare?

“It’s complicated.”

The love you have for a child and the love you have for a parent never stops.  Yes, God is ultimately in control of the big things and the small things but that doesn’t mean to sit back and do nothing.

So WHEN you call today, be bold.  Ask about insurance.  Ask about health.  You might even ask about bowel movements! There is no telling where the conversation may lead.  Neither one of you may even realize help was needed.  Kind of like when you were a teenager!

Like our conversation today, it may start off tense because of unwelcomed pain or unwelcomed fears from a new diagnosis.  Hopefully, the conversation will end with a sense of comfort.  Comfort knowing that the two of you will be dealing with it together.

No matter how old you are.  No matter how old your children are.  No matter how old your parents are.  We all need each other.  That’s the whole point.  Isn’t it?  To help one another.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to ask…or to call.

Remind yourself of the greater understanding.  The bigger picture.  The end result.

No matter what.

God is still in control.

Thank you Rachel Aldous for these words from A Mother’s Prayer (Hannah’s Song)…

“May God grant you peace in the midst of a storm,

May God give you strength even when your forlorn,

May you answer the door when Jesus comes knocking,

May wisdom guide you when your mouth is talking,

May discretion protect you and keep you pure,

May you never stumble or fall from the Lord,

May your heart remain humble to the very end,

May uprightness and truth be what you defend,

May the world not ensnare or change who you are,

May the light that’s within you shine like the stars,

May angels surround you body, spirit, mind,

May favor and peace be yours to find,

May rejection and peace never reach you,

May your spirit grow bold for what your called to,

As you rest in God’s care, I will rest too,

Knowing that Jesus is watching over you

Amen.”

Making memories~

Jennifer

Have you called your mother today? Day 1 of 152 … The 152 Day Challenge

In March 1876, Alexander Graham Bell‘s words, “I want to see you” were clearly understood for the first time over the telephone.  Since that time, technology has come a long way.  Almost full circle. A digital circle in a sense.  Back to the days of the telegraph.  The digital telegraph world through texting with one liners, dots and dashes that can be misleading, misinterpreted, misunderstood, even misspelled.  But words, once said, once heard, carry such powerful meaning.  They touch. They tickle.  They hurt.  They heal.  They are firm. Permanent. So why not make them meaningful? Be intentional.

I plan on being intentional.  I have challenged myself with a purpose. A goal. A reason to use meaningful words. I have a lot of catching up and making up to do.  I am embarrassed to admit this but I have not only gone days, weeks, months but actually a year without speaking to my mother.  Yes, you read that right.  I went a whole year without speaking to my mother.  It may not have been 365 actual calendar days but it certainly felt like it to both of us and it was definitely close to 365 days give or take a few.  That was years ago and we too, thank goodness, have come a long way as well.

After spending the past 23 days taking care of her during a terrible congestive heart failure scare, I realize now more than ever how quickly things can change.  Don’t wait until tomorrow to say the things or do the things you want to do today.

While staying with her, we watched the movie Julie and Julia THREE times. The movie is what inspired this challenge.  I look forward to calling my mother every day.  But like Julie,  I need to have a goal to follow through with my task.  So, I chose Mother’s Day 2015 which is only 152 days away at the time of this post.  Which means I will get to talk to her at least 152 times before this task is completed. We will both be very proud!  What a great gift to her and to me!

On a side note:To count down from 152 sounds depressing or even morbid to me. I would rather count up.  There could always be another goal, another Mother’s Day, another Thanksgiving, another Christmas….

So if you are reading this blog, stop now.  Go call your mother. Do not text her or email her… CALL HER!

Making memories~

Jennifer

 

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