Connie Simpson with her two sons (Scott & Stephen)

May is the time of year when we celebrate Mother’s Day. Ephesians 6:2 reminds us that we are to “Honor your father and mother.” It is always right to honor your mother. This year, we invited members of our congregation to share with us the secrets of being a great mother. Today’s post comes from Stephen Simpson.

What Makes My Mother so Great?

Her Honesty

My mother is honest.  I trust her completely.  Some mothers tell their children what they (the children) want to hear instead of what they need to hear.  Some mothers mislead and even lie to their children.  It is a tremendous gift from God that I can trust my mother.  She keeps her word.

Her Compassion

I have seen few people as compassionate as my mother.  I have watched her lovingly care for two different individuals in their final years.  The patience and kindness she demonstrated was truly uncommon.  I have also been on the receiving end of her compassion many times.  There have been some dark and difficult times in my life.  At those times, my mother has been there with tremendous acts of compassion.  What a blessing it is to have a compassionate mother!

Her Love for Her Grandchildren

Another reason that my mother is great is this:  She loves her grandchildren.  I have seen grandparents grow indifferent to their grandchildren.  I have seen grandparents have little or no relationship with their grandchildren.  This is not true of my mother.  She loves her “GrandS” and she loves them all equally.  There have been many times when she has called just to see if she could come over and see her GrandS.  She loves hugging them and spending time with them.  She will gladly prepare an impromptu picnic in her backyard at the request of a granddaughter.  It is such a blessing for my children to have a grandmother who loves them.

Her Love for My Father

It is becoming increasingly uncommon to see a mother who faithfully loves the father of her children for over 40 years.  Too often, today’s marriages are viewed as temporary relationships.  Since 1969, my mother has loved my father.  I have watched her love him, support him, care for him, and encourage him all of my life.  This is one of the best gifts that she has given to my brother and me.  This truly makes her a great mother.

My mother is not perfect.  But, she is great.  She has her weaknesses.  But, her strengths are unsurpassed.  May God raise up more mothers like mine.  I thank God that Connie Simpson is my mother.


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