Cast Up A Highway



Mom's the Heart

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 7:30 AM

God knew what He was doing when He put a Mom and a Dad as directors of a family. Father is the head and Mom is the heart. I can see that played out so well in our household. My parents loved each other and worked as a team in raising us kids.

I remember the suppers we shared together each evening. Mom cooked great meals every day and we sat down at the table each night as a family. Conversations varied, but we sat around that table, together. I believe there is binding power when gathered around a table, and Mom instinctively knew that.

Mom did the gardening and beautiful flowers decorated the outside of our house. I remember marigolds down beside the driveway. In the Fall she would harvest the seeds for more gold and orange to cheerily greet us the next year. She cared about the interior of our home too, and always kept it neat and clean. Yes, we were the helpers as she trained us how to clean and keep house.

When we were small, I remember that each day before Dad got home, Mom would change out of her work dress and put on a fresh dress to greet Dad after work. I remember her perfume when Dad would take her out, and most of all, I recall her polished nails. Part of her ritual of preparation for a date was to do her nails. Sometimes they were still wet, so we would kiss goodbye being very careful not to mess her shiny nails.

Mom always had a love and respect for God. As kids she would take us to early mass and communion during Lent in preparation for Easter. Imagine getting 4 kids ready early in the morning to go to church each day; and we walked to church, as she did not drive in those days.

She also herded the 4 of us on a bus to “make the steps” on Good Friday. That was a ritual where a place in town had many steps going up a hill to a cathedral. We would say a Hail Mary on each step and an Our Father on each landing. I remember the steps going on forever and days as being really cold. At the top we looked forward to having hot cross buns and hot drinks served at the church.

Mom grew in her relationship with her Lord. She believed in giving and had a heart for the children. At one time she taught religion classes to kids in the projects. She loved those kids and worked to help them learn good principles of life. Later she worked in a nursing home helping the patients work with clay and pottery. I recall she also took painting classes and did well. At one time she joined the lay division of the Order of St Francis. Clearly I'm now aware that Mom was ever seeking to deepen her relationship with God. Even at the end with Alzheimer's, her hunger for God was evident.

I am so thankful and blessed that God put an extraordinary woman as my Mom in my life. I’m sure that much of who I am today came from her influence. Can you see the influence of your mom in your life too?

Categories: Meandering Thoughts , Loving God

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.