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A Mother’s Legacy

I made a lot of mistakes. A lot of times I tried and failed in ways to be the person that I wanted to be for my girls, and always the example for them, and to inspire in them confidence to be the person God wanted them to be as well. But, we are not perfect, and I knew I could improve in ways knowing God was with me because I trusted in him to direct and guide my every step. I knew that he would always be with me, that I would never have to worry about being alone or afraid, even in raising my children. I knew that I could count on him. Admitting to having made mistakes is a step forward to improving what we need to work on. But dwelling on those mistakes is precious time wasted and can bring us down. Attempts to right our wrongs will not change the fact that something was wrong in the first place, but taking one day at a time and making it one with a positive attitude is how we can make strides toward being the person God wants us to be, and the mother we need to be. It is what I have learned as a mother and as a grandmother. This is what I wish to pass on to my girls while raising their children, and in turn their children’s children as grandparents. This is a part of my legacy I hope will be remembered. The kind where I grew not by striving towards unreachable goals, then failing in the attempt, but instead growing through the difficult, hard times that left me vulnerable and dependent on God to lift me to a higher standard of excellence.

I knew I might never measure up to be the woman told about in Proverbs 31 of the Old Testament, but we are all unique in the way God created us, and our gifts unique in the way we might use them to govern our steps in raising our children. God is a God full of grace, mercy and forgiving. He walks with us through our journey and does not judge us for our mistakes, but loves us unconditionally and honors our effort to do our best. That is the most reassuring thing of all, because we are nothing without him, but with him we can do incredible things we thought otherwise impossible.

Proverbs 31: 26 “She opens her mouth with wisdom: and on her tongue is the law of kindness.”

Prov. 31:28 “Her children arise up and call her blessed…”

Prov. 31:29 “Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excels them all.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and grandmothers out there. God bless you all.

Joyce E. Mannhalter © May, 2020

Posted May 10, 2020 by Joyce in Faith, Mother's Day, My Writings

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A mother who knew about ‘sacrifice’

 

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She sacrificed time for herself so she could spend it caring for a family with four kids. She sacrificed new dresses for herself so she could buy new dresses and shoes for my sisters and I for every special holiday and birthday. She sacrificed a paycheck earned so she could stay home to be a full-time mother, and wife to a full-time church pastor for over forty years. She gave up much so she could give to her family and others, because that was the kind of person and mother she was. Integrity, honesty and living her faith daily was evident in all that she did, and her legacy lived on through her children when she died. Because of her faith, her sacrifice and her character, we strived to be as good a mother as she for our own children.

Though now gone, she is never far from my thoughts when those special days come around like her birthday, Memorial Day, the day of her passing, Christmas time and Mother’s Day.

Here’s to you mom, on Mother’s Day. I know where you are, and I know too that Jesus celebrates these special times and days with you as He does every day, and I know I will see you again one day.

I learned much from my mother. There is no other job more important or wonderful to have than being a mother to the children one is blessed to have. To be home with my kids and be a full-time mother to them is a sacrifice I chose also for them, and never regretted making that kind of sacrifice.

Happy Mother’s Day to mothers out there who also sacrifice in ways to be the kind of mother God wants them to be.

Posted for The Daily Post, ‘Sacrifice’

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Joyce E. Johnson (2016)

“…her children rise up and call her blessed…”

She embraces each day

ready, whatever may come

watching over all

entrusted into her care

She blesses all she touches

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With her hands she makes

designer clothes; she creates

and feeds her children

that which grows from her garden.

She manages her household

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She makes decisions

with the carefulness and thought

of one who is wise

governing business ventures

with prayer, confidence and grace

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Footnotes: This poem is my perspective of the woman portrayed in Proverbs, Chapter 31, Old Testament bible. She is a mother, a wife, a business woman, and a governess who is blessed because all that she does she does with God’s help, with the wisdom gained throughout her life. I chose to use this passage of scripture in Proverbs as an inspiration for these three verses of Tanka poetry to honor a Proverbs 31 woman and mother on Mother’s Day. My own mother was a woman and mother who exemplified the Proverbs 31 woman with these characteristics, and though she is now deceased I hope that I can be one of such character. To all mothers out there, I wish you a happy Mother’s Day.

Joyce E. Johnson © 2015


As beautiful as a rose

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There is no job more

worthy of honor or praise,

none more difficult;

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None more deserving

of earning payment or raise

than that called ‘Mother.’

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She gives of herself.

With her heart she nurtures those

she’s given to love.

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She embraces life

because she cherishes what

she is blessed to have.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS OUT THERE!

Joyce E. Johnson (2014)


A tribute to my mother on Mother’s Day

A tribute to my mother


She was a living example of personified grace

impeccably dressed and vain to a degree

with hazel gray eyes and a pleasant face

with hands that worked hard

and had many jobs.

When I was a child, sick or hurting

it was her hands that comforted my brow,

and it was her hands that guided

direction when firmly felt

affirming her place.

And when we were hungry

it was her hands

that prepared great meals

satisfying all, but all wanting more.

With her hands she taught me how to sew

when I didn’t want to learn,

and taught me how to cook and bake.

She taught me to be gracious,

and taught me how to pray,

how to be thankful for my blessings,

for simple gifts, large and small

and how to reach out to those in love

with kindness and a smile

how to be content with things I already had

and share with those who had much less

For all the things she was to me

and for all I learned from her

I thank God for the mother

I honor today.

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Joyce E. Johnson – 2013



Winifred D. Mielke – Mannhalter

September 17, 1917 – July 17, 2009


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