A Mama’s Heart

     A mama’s heart is a funny thing.  It can pray and grieve and delight and love and love some more all the while mama goes about her daily business.  Laundry gets done, meals are prepared, children are homeschooled and discipled, tended and loved, and yet mama’s heart remembers to pray.  She prays for the daughter serving in another family’s home, and she prays for that daughter to arrive safely back home this evening.

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     Mama makes lunch for her two big boys and her four grandchildren, recycling the laundry before settling down herself for a bowl of hot, butternut squash soup.  The four boys go outside to play, while the three year old granddaughter settles into her Aunt Dani’s big bed for a nap.  Mama’s bowl of soup, left over from last night’s supper, is all the sweeter enjoyed while the one year old granddaughter finishes up her sandwich.  All the while, mama’s heart is praying for the skill of the surgeon who, at that moment, was likely preparing to operate on her eldest child.  She talks to the wee small baby in the high chair, but she talks to God, too, asking Him to calm the fears of her daughter as she waits.  To give her son-in-love comfort and peace while he waits, what I’m sure will seem an eternity, until he hears from the doctor that the surgery is successful and complete.  And this wee small child, babbling and smiling at grandma, reminds her to pray, too, for her tiniest of grandbabies, tucked safely away in Corin’s womb, asking the Lord to safely guard and keep that one, too, this afternoon during the surgery.

  Philippians 4:6-7  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  My motherheart clung to these verses today, keeping anxiety at bay, praising God for His many, many blessings in my life, and asking Him to take care of all those things that were on my heart, and thus, finding His perfect peace.

 

 

 

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     This mama kept busy through the day, baking lemon scones for a mid-afternoon “tea” snack, and thawing ground beef for Stroganoff Meatballs for supper.  Busy hands, but a heart still praying. 

 

 

 

 

 

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     The girls were napping inside, and the boys were playing outside.  This mama’s heart rejoiced in the company of her grandbabies all around her for the day, rejoicing, thanking the Lord for each of them.  Thanking the Lord, too, for two boys of her own jumping on the trampoline and playing with their nephews. 

 

 

 

 

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     Mama’s heart was startled, skipped a beat, and then lept for joy when her Dani-girl came in the back door unexpectedly, hours earlier than I’d hoped to see her.  (Thank you, Lis’!)  She brought her mama a wonderful mocha frappucino, too!  And though I enjoyed the company of my girl for most of the afternoon, my heart still kept in quiet prayer for Corin’s surgery.

     Dani kept watch over the littles outside toward evening while mama was inside preparing supper.  She loves to read, this girl of mine, but the pleasure of watching silly kids playing on the trampoline was a bigger draw.

 

 

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     The north wind blew all day, and by late afternoon it was quite chilly outside.  The jumpers kept themselves warm, but Uncle Will had a blanket close at hand to snuggle with those that weren’t jumping.

     My son-in-love called around 4:00 to say that the surgeon had been out to talk to him and that everything had gone well, and this mama’s heart was thankful!  Such wonderful news to hear, and prayers of thanksgiving were lifted as supper cooked and the salad greens were cut.

 

 

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    Mama’s heart was filled with joy when the phone rang and she could hear the sound of her daughter’s voice on the phone.  Corin sounded wonderful!  My, oh, my, you have to know that seeing Dani on the phone with her sister, kidding and laughing and gabbing just as they always do, made mama’s heart fill to overflowing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     The crowd around my table tonight was joined by my son-in-love, who arrived in time to fix himself a plate.  My grandbabies were loaded into the van and on their way out the gate when one yelled out, “Stop Daddy, Grandpa’s home!”.  He pulled back up the driveway and let Copper open the doors and visit for a moment or two with his grandbabies before heading for home and Corin. 

     A mama’s heart is a funny thing, and quite complicated at times.  This mama’s heart has run the gammut today, and she is tired.  But I will go to bed this evening, thankful for so many, many things…….time spent loving and laughing with my grandbabies, the safe return of my Dani-girl home after spending most of the week away, and the success of the surgery that Corin underwent today!  Thankful most of all for God’s perfect peace that was my constant companion throughout this blessedly full day. 

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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32 comments to A Mama’s Heart

  • Reading this brought tears to my eyes and great joy to my heart.  I struggle with many things in my life concering my family and I know I need to be at peace with this and turn it over to my Lord.  Just reading this and feeling the Love has reminded what I need to do and call on my heavenly Father to guide and help me through it.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  • Praise God for His Perfect Peace!

    Rejoiceing with you.

  • SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCHIE!

  • Praying without ceasing….a mama’s calling.  Rejoicing with you, what a wonderfully blessed day!

    Hugs,

    Niki

    http://www.ruralwritings.blogspot.com

  • Oh! My goodness-your emotions have been throught the mill today!!! I am so glad all is well with Corin.It was a wonderful day-wasn’t it? God is so good!!!!!!!!!

  • Oh! My goodness-your emotions have been throught the mill today!!! I am so glad all is well with Corin.It was a wonderful day-wasn’t it? God is so good!!!!!!!!!

  • I am welled up in my eyes and my heart. Yes, a Mama (and grandma’s) heart is always praying. I too prayed for Corin. I am so thrilled to hear (and see in the comments) that she is fine.

    My little Emerson had my heart most of the day in prayer. She asperated some spit up and we had quite the afternoon. We took her in to be checked and her lungs were clear, but she had a thick mucus in her mouth (spit) that was causing her some trouble. Doc said it is a natural body mechanism and to give sips of water and it would be better by the next day. Whew! Yes….a Mother’s heart is a special thing. I am so thankful for my own mother….she sent you love recently!

    Blessings~Bren

  • PTL! So thankful that the surgery went well and Corin is ok. Hugs to you too. I know it must have been hard to wait for that news about Corin. Glad Dani is home safely.

    Praying that you have a wonderful weekend.

  • Cheryl,

    I just love your little spot here and the devotion you have for family and home.  I am so glad that the surgery went well and that your Dani is home.  Bless you.

  • *tears* here too!  Thank the Lord for Corin and babys safety!! 

  • I’m so glad all went well with the surgery.  She will soon feel much better. πŸ™‚

    Doesn’t it seem like mothering gives us a very busy prayer life?

    Hmmm… is the recipe for those lemon scones somewhere around here?

  • Yay!!!!  I’m so glad it all went so well!  And she must be doing ok – I see she commented πŸ™‚

    Blessings to you!

    kristi

  • ((Cheryl)) ~ I am so glad to hear that all went well for Corin.  I’ve been down that same road of pregnancy  induced gallbladder problems; I could feel her pain!  She is going to feel so much better now!!

    Reading your post brought tears to my eyes. Hugs to you and your sweet family.

    Jodi

  • @nanniereese –  Yes!  Cast all your cares upon Him.  He doesn’t want us to carry our burdens alone.  “Be anxious for nothing…….”

    @SunnySideoftheRoom – @heykristigirl –  Thanks girls!!  See you both tomorrow?

    @Niki497 – @mamabeanof4 – @frugalmel –   Thank you ladies. 

    @tjsNana –  Praying for your wee, sweet Emerson, Bren!

    @thespencers – @maplecottage –   Thanks!  I’m one thankful mama!!

    @BrendaKayN – Brenda, oh, you will laugh!!  Those scones came from that great TOH Bread Bonanza cookbook you recently sent me!!  They were delicious!  I’ll e-mail you the recipe later today.  I’m sure you have all the ingredients in your pantry.

  • @jcdeputy – Jodi!!  Thank you!  It’s good to hear from someone who’s “been there and done that” and know that Corin will be able to really enjoy the rest of her pregnancy.

  • Praise God!   I am a mama of 4 grown children, and I know that a mama prays and thinks of her children no matter how old they are.  I ams so happy for all of you.

  • What a blessing it is to be able to be in constant prayer while going about our lives! Rejoicing with you at the good report on Corin! Glad you were able to spend the day with your grandbabies and that Dani was able to get home and share in the family time. Have a blessed weekend Cheryl!

  • @Rosemary –   Yes, indeed, a mama’s work is never done when it comes to the joy of being able to petition the Lord on their behalf!

    @Kimberly –  Have a blessed Lord’s Day, dear one.

  • A beautiful post!
    And I am so glad that Corin’s surgery went well!
    Praising God with you!

  • A beautiful post!
    And I am so glad that Corin’s surgery went well!
    Praising God with you!

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Yes us mamas can do many things at one time. Thank you for a wonderful post. I so happy Corin and the baby is doing great.

    Have a blessed week end.

    Hugs,

    Elizabeth

  • @primrosesnpeonies – @elizabethq –   Thank you kindly, ladies!  Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

  • Being a mama is such a wondrous blessing.  Praying without ceasing is perhaps the most important thing we can do.  I’m so glad that Corrin’s surgery went well. Praying for a quick recovery for her.

  • ((( tender hug )))

    Praise His precious Name for answered prayer!

    Bless you sweetly, Cheryl.

  • Your post brought tears to my eyes!  I can so relate!  Thank you for sharing your day with us!

  • @Simply_Country_Cottage – Thank you for your continued prayers.

    @ladyjanesjournal –   Praise Him, indeed!

    @nettiemom – I’m so glad you could “stop by”, dear one.

  • Great post!

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I’m just catching up, I see I missed a lot! I’m so glad that Corin’s surgery went well – that’s always such a scarey thing to have to go through. I pray that she recovers quickly.

    Manuela

  • I’ve been lurking for some time now, enjoying your blog. I haven’t stopped by for a few days and this sugery came as news even though I knew she was having problems. I’ll keep your family in my prayers!

    You and your readers are welcome to visit my blogs as well… http://www.tommiejo.wordpress.com & http://www.tjssweethome.blogspot.com

  • I’m a new reader and I love your posts. If you don’t mind, I might just stick around…

  • Your blog has become a recent blessing to me via a link from another blessed blogger I frequently visit. I just had to come over and tell you thank you for your wonderful posts, and I am currently enjoying your past ones as well, especially the Less Than Perfect Kitchen, and Hospitality series. You truly are living a Titus Two, Proverbs 31 and you have a strong attribute of sharing and looking into the ways of not just your house hold but with those outside your personal physical realm. Thank you for all your wonderful posts they have me looking at my role as a wife, mom, and child of the Lord even more so and I praise the Lord for you and others out here in this vast space we call the World wide web….