Monday, May 2, 2016

A POEM FOR MOM


Mother's Day is this coming Sunday.

I am so glad that my mother is still alive, and this year I am more grateful for her presence in my life than ever before - still my mom, still my friend.

To honor her, and the blessed calling of motherhood, I am sharing a poem I wrote several years ago.

Hope you enjoy it!



A MOTHER

She carries you for nine months,
Then cares for you
Forever...
She watches out for you
when you are young,
Then watches over you
for a lifetime...
She holds you closely in her arms
for a while,
Then tightly in her heart
Always...
She is there through every change,
Then never changes 
herself...
She teaches you about life,
Then lets you leave home...
and live -

A mother is
every gift of God
wrapped up in one person -
Joy, Peace
Patience, Kindness, Goodness
Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control
And most of all...
Love.

Though I am no longer a child,
I will always be 
My mother's child
And that is comfort personified -

My mother is
A safe place to be
A soft place to fall
A refuge in every storm...
She calms the winds of life
And helps smooth
the paths
I have chosen to walk.

I have never questioned 
Her love
or her faithfulness,
My faith in her
has never faltered...
She is the sun
that rises every morning,
And the promise
of a new day.

She is
The keeper of secrets,
The spark
to my dreams,
The footsteps
that walk beside me -
She is the one
on the sidelines
who whispers quietly,
with hands
folded in prayer
and
tears in her eyes,
"Go...go...go,
I'm here."

She is 
The quiet heartbeat
that keeps time
with my own...

My mother is
My best friend,
The beacon
of my life...

My mother is home...


© Sharon Kirby
May 10, 2007



I LOVE YOU, MOM!!




What's a favorite memory or moment of yours with your mother?





Her children rise up
and call her
blessed. 



Thank you, Mom, for leading me to Jesus when I was young.

"Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.  And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, NLT)


And thank you, Mom, for always showing me how to follow Him.

"Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." (Proverbs 22:6, NLT)



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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all of you wonderful moms out there!!
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44 comments:

  1. Such a pretty picture of your mom, Sharon; and such a beautiful poem!! At church yesterday the pastor said the best thing we could teach our children is about Jesus; seems like your mom did great in that for her children! I know I didn't get a lot right with parenting, but I got that one right in teaching Jesus to our 2 kids.

    I liked the stories my mom would share of her growing up years or young adult years :)

    betty

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  2. Hi Sharon! How fun to see a photo of your mother! She has such a beautiful smile :)
    My mom died in 2010, but what she left all of us was a great love for holidays and for getting together with family. She also encouraged all of us to do something, volunteer, give back. She was a special lady.
    Have a great week!
    Ceil

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  3. Hi, Sharon!
    Sweet picture of your mom and your poem is a lovely tribute to her. Wishing you a Wonderful mother's Day!

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  4. Oh Sharon, Your beautiful poem is such a wonderful tribute to all mothers, especially yours and you, yourself ... love the photo of your precious mom and so many of the images that your poem brings forth captured in her, her smile and her warm spirit and heart that lives on in you and yours and theirs ... ahhh. My mom's been gone way too long (sigh) and as you know 'mother's day' is ever so hard for me so I don't linger there but I'm so glad your mom is still with you to enjoy as friend, mentor and mom as she has you and your siblings to hold her up now because she depends on you as you once did her. Hold on. And enjoy a blessed Mother's Day! ~ Love, Peggy ~ {quickly from a cyber with no time to check typos or write on your significant grateful thoughts that always speak to me just like your B.L.O.G. and comments on mine. Thank you. God bless.}

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  5. Sharon, this is so beautiful...bringing tears right to the surface. Each word you shared here, I could say for my precious Mama too. She was all of those fine things too.
    And, now, I have a beautiful face to add along with my prayers.

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  6. I love it when elderly parents are still honored and considered a blessing instead of a curse. My mother is with Jesus (2004) and I will be visiting my dad in a PA in a couple weeks. He is in a nursing home. Will he remember me? I don't know. Thanks Sharon.

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  7. Sharon, you are blessed indeed to still have your mom with you. What a perfect poem. Thank you for sharing it. (we're 'neighbors' at Small Wonder Link up this week. Nice to meet you.)

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  8. It does feel funny to not wonder what am I going to get my mother for mothers day. I would send her flowers for she had no needs of clothing, shoes or jewelry. In fact she would get upset if I sent her those things. What she did want was to get out of the nursing home ...so this Mothers Day she has got the perfect gift. April 9the she took a trip on the good old gospel ship and stepped onto heavens shores greeted by those who went before her, her mom and dad who she talked about so much in her last months. Just today I was shopping for myself and without even realizing it I was looking for something to get her. It does feel strange her not being here to receive gifts. Beautiful tribute for mother.

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  9. As you know, I'm a caretaker of my mom also. We have shared our appreciation of them in our lives in the past, as well. Awesome poem!! I would like to share it on my FB page!! Mom's are special people!! Blessings (and Happy Mother's Day!!) Ann

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  10. What a beautiful poem, Sharon. Such a lovely way to honor your mom! Even though my mother is no longer here in the flesh, I still claim this as well: "Still my mom, still my friend."

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  11. Love this....crying happy tears always good before bed, right?

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  12. That's beautiful, Sharon! And I love how she is gesturing you to rise up--just in case you forget. I'm grateful that my mom is still here, and healthy too. I love the line in your poem that says, "My faith in her has never faltered." That really hit me because through everything in our lives, even the stupid mistakes she made, and the stupider ones I made, she was always just my mom. I never hated her, thought less of her, or judged her. Thanks for sharing that Sharon.

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  13. That is such a beautiful poem! My mom is very precious to me and I am glad she taught me about Jesus. I too will always be my mother's child.

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  14. Hi Sharon, I should appreciate my mom more. Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  15. Happy Mother's Day to you too, Sharon!
    What a lovely poem...It brought tears to my eyes!

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  16. I love it....absolutely beautiful!

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  17. Sharon, I literally got chills reading this poem. So beautifully poignant.

    Your mom is blessed to have a daughter like you. Her legacy is apparent in you. :-)

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  18. Lovely poem, thanks for sharing it. Stopping by as your neighbor again from #TellHisStory

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  19. Beautiful poem Sharon - Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  20. I love your poem! What a privilege it is to have a godly mother.

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  21. How very touching.
    Happy Mother's Day to your mom and you.

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  22. What a gift to your mother - I hope you shared it with her. Take care, Sharon!

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  23. Your poem is such a lovely tribute to a Godly mother, and can also be said about you as well. I love your mothers beautiful silver hair and her beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  24. My heart skipped a beat. Every line is true of all moms. My favorite memory is how much she loved on my daughters. She was a great grandmother and we miss her so much!

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  25. Hi Sharon, I'm visiting from the OMHGWW hop.

    What a wonderful tribute to your mother!

    Here's my OMHGWW.

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  26. Beautiful poem, Sharon. I'm so blessed to have my mother still with me. She grows dearer each year.

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  27. Beautiful Sharon. Wishing you and your mom a very happy mother's day.

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  28. Beautiful, Sharon. I know your mother must be an extra-special woman. Our mothers sure do influence the kind of mother we become. I miss my mother but have beautiful memories.

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  29. What a great poem! My mom is home too.

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  30. This is beautiful, Sharon. I just started a "my Mom is..." thread today for friends to fill in the blank. I shared that my mom is my shelter along with a picture of her holding an umbrella over me and my 1 year old daughter. It was just precious!

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  31. What a beautiful poem, Sharon. I'm eight years without my mom this year. Still miss her so much! Look forward to that day when I'll get to give her a hug in heaven. Many Blessings and Happy Mother's Day!

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  32. I loved that first paragraph, so powerful. I'm the early stages, holding my babies when they cry and snuggling them to sleep. Although I seriously only average 3.5 hrs sleep a night, for a year and a half, I know I will miss it!

    Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight!

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  33. What a beautiful poem, Sharon. Your mom is beautiful too, I'm glad you still have her. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day! Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

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  34. Beautiful poem! What a moving tribute to your mom! She must be so blessed to have you as her daughter, too. Inspiring the faith of the next generation is certainly a mother's calling - especially with her own children. Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.

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  35. Beautiful poem and post. We are both blessed to have our mothers! I also wanted to let you know that I mentioned you and the beautiful comment you posted on Cheryl's post about her niece in my latest blog post.
    Love ya!

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  36. What a lovely poem honoring your mom! Thank you for sharing!

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  37. beautiful thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow. xo

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  38. That was beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday! Hope you'll join us again tomorrow!

    Holly @ While I'm Waiting

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  39. Oh my goodness, Sharon, that was beautiful! It is a perfect way to describe a wonderful Mother. I love it and I'm so glad you linked it at The Loft today. Thank you so very much. It blessed me greatly.

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  40. Beautiful, Sharon! You are so right. Mother is home.

    Thanks for sharing at the Loft today.

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  41. This brought tears to my eyes--lovely. I sure miss my mama. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

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  42. Beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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