From the moment I met my husband’s mama and daddy, I knew I was one lucky girl. My in-laws are some of the most well-respected people that I have ever met and I am blessed enough to call them mine. I have never had to be anyone but myself with my mother-in-law. She has accepted, loved, respected and welcomed me into their home, as one of her own daughters, since the moment I first stepped foot into her beautifully well-manicured farm house.
She is the quintessential definition of a southern belle: she is gracious and giving, a caring retired teacher, a skilled gardener, an amazing cook, a lovely wife and an exceptional mother. And of course, she is always perfectly put together. She has the voice of an angel with a beautiful southern drawl, and I have always admired her dedication and open relationship with The Lord.
Over the years, she has helped me grow in my walk with Christ, giving me encouragement and spiritual guidance. She has shared her own personal testimony that has given me faith in my own testimony, helping me gain confidence in so many facets of my spiritual growth.
She has helped me trust, and know that we are all covered in grace no matter where we have been or what we have done. Most importantly, she taught me that it is never too late to pick up the Bible, trust fully in the Lord, and make that decision to dedicate our lives to fully devote ourselves to Jesus Christ.
I have always know she was a special gift placed in my life by God, and while I was cleaning out our kitchen at the farm, I was quickly reminded of how fortunate I am. I found a cookbook titled “Where’s Mom Now That I Need Her?: Surviving Away from Home.”
Intrigued at what recipes would be inside, I opened the book to find the most extraordinary gift- a note written to my husband, Fred, her only son. It was a steadfast reminder of the gift she has given me that I will forever be indebted for.
A beautiful son that she has wholeheartedly given to me, but not before she taught him to a be a man after God’s own heart. Here is the beautiful letter she wrote dedicating her 1995 Christmas gift to her college boy, who solely relied on her to do the cooking to keep his belly full!
The best motherly advice doesn’t concern recipes or household hints. As you near the end of your college career and face changes concerning career and lifestyle, it is enormously reassuring to remind ourselves that God is unchanging.
These verses from Philippians 4 are comforting to me:
“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Frederick, consult God in matters great or small. Ask for his guidance and for the wisdom to make good decisions. Don’t depend upon your own resources of education or money in your bank account.
“If you make the Most High your dwelling- even the Lord, who is my refuge then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.