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A Tribute to Mom
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Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Rebecca Droeger

With Mother’s Day coming up on May 9th, I began to think of my Spiritual journey in life and how much my mother has contributed to my growth.  Words could never fully express how grateful I am that my mother had such a huge impact on my relationship with God; and how, not only did she teach Scriptures to me, but she lived by the lessons she taught me.

At a very early age, I remember my mother reading me little books with Bible stories in them.  I recall asking her endless questions and that she always had the patience to answer them.

Mom also sent me to a Christian preschool where I learned sound doctrine and how you are supposed to interact with other children.

Around the age of four, my mother taught me the Lord’s Prayer as the first prayer I learned.  I know it was because I kept pestering her about learning the prayer since everyone would recite it together in Church.

Shortly after that, Mom started reading me a storybook Bible every night.  This Bible had been handed down through generations within the family and had excellent pictures.  It really made an impression on me.  I recall the first night she read it to me and the impact that it had on me. 

It was the Genesis story and it was the Fall of Man.  Although I already somewhat knew the story, I started sobbing after Adam and Eve were thrown out of the garden.  When Mom described Man having to toil for food and the thorns and thistles tearing at his flesh, I lost it.

She was flabbergasted at my reaction.  She asked me why it bothered me so much, and I told her it was because Adam and Eve had this Paradise and were able to Walk with God; and then they disobeyed them and could no longer be with Him.  I was devastated.

Mom tried to calm me down by reassuring me that we will again be able to be with God because of Christ.  She also shared with me that she had the same reaction when her mother read her the Crucifixion story.  I asked her “why,” and she told me because Jesus’ flesh was torn for us and He did not disobey God.

Even though it was a difficult concept for a preschooler to comprehend, it calmed me down enough to get through the story of Cain and Abel that night.

During my early years, Mom also taught me other valuable lessons as well.  She helped me understand the meaning of prayer life and how to pray selflessly.

When I was a little over six-years old, we took in a stray cat and nursed him back from the brink of death.  He was a very loving cat, and we called him Tattoo after the Fantasy Island character that I adored.  We became very attached to him.

After we had him for about a month, he ran away and we were devastated.  I told mom that I was going to pray that he come back.  Mom let me do so, but then she added to the prayer and asked God if Tattoo would not return, that he find someone who loved him as much as we did and that he lead a long and healthy life.

A couple of weeks had passed, and Tattoo never returned.  Mom decided to get me a kitten to help with my devastation.  We were able to find a cute, furry, gray kitten and named her Fluffy.  She made me so happy, and she eventually wound up having the sweetest kittens that I have ever seen.  She and her kittens were a great blessing to our family and to those who took the kittens.

About a year after Tattoo disappeared, Mom saw him at one of our neighbor’s house in the back of our neighborhood.  This neighbor was so friendly, and she took such good care of Tattoo.  We were so happy he found such a great home.

Not only were we relieved that Tattoo had a great new home, but we wound up becoming friends with the neighbor.  Her sister lived across the street from her and took in several stray cats.  As a result, I formed a unique and special bond with her that I share to this day.  Look at all of the good that came from a child’s prayer that was kissed with a special touch by her mother.

As I grew into a young lady and through my teen years, Mom continued to pray with me every night before bed.  She would also openly talk about God with me and answer any questions I had.

Mom also showed me what it was like to be compassionate, caring and giving.  Being an only child, I was very used to getting my own way.  Mom made sure to show me by her own example the benefits of giving, sharing and surrendering to others.

Mom was always doing nice things for her family and co-workers.  She would give them special treats on their birthdays, or make a batch of her famous fudge for no other reason than to say “I care about you.”

Mom made sure to donate a great deal to the Church or to charities.  She never really talked about it, but I would I see her write checks to the Church, or to Salvation Army.

Mom would always donate anything we did not use anymore to AMVETS, GoodWill or the Salvation Army.  I asked her why we didn’t sell the stuff in a garage sale once, and she said she just did not feel right about selling the gifts God had given to her.  That lesson has stayed with me to this very day and I do the exact same thing.

Mom deserves a medal for putting up with me through my teenage years.  I gave her such a hard time and was very disobedient to her.  Granted, I did not get into the wrong crowd or involved in the drug scene, but I would back-talk to her and not listen to her.

Mom later shared with me that she had the phone book out looking at boarding schools during that timeframe.  Mom told me that God really helped her through that time period and had answered several prayers for her regarding my actions.

As I grew older and started hanging out with some intellectually gifted individuals, one of them started suggesting to me that the Bible was not inerrant.  He gave me what I thought were some pretty good examples at the time of why he thought the basic gist of the Bible was correct, but not all of the stories were accurate because Man was the one writing the Bible.  Having only read a few verses here and there and what I learned from the storybook Bible and Church; I thought he made a decent case at the time.

He whispered the typical fool’s conundrums in my ears, like “was the flood really world-wide,” or “who were the others Cain went off to be with?”

When I started to share these thoughts with my mother, she immediately turned me onto Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth.”  I remember being hesitant to read it at first because I did not enjoy reading. 

Mom convinced me to read it by telling me all of the things that Hal had said the Bible predicted were coming true.  The clincher was when she described a 1st century man describing events such as a nuclear explosion in 1st century word pictures.

So, I decided to give it a whirl, and discovered a book that I actually could not put down.  I was hooked and read every book that Hal had ever published up to that date.  As a result, Mom played no small part in me becoming a Bible Prophecy nut.

Throughout my early adulthood, Mom and I still remained close even through my college-years and when I moved to Colorado.  While there, I met some amazing Christians that helped reinforce everything I learned while growing up.  Later, my mom shared with me that her prayers were answered because she asked God to surround me with good Christian influences.

When I moved back to my home state, I was so happy to be near my Mom again.  I had realized that she had become my best friend, and that I really never wanted to live that far from her again.

Mom and I have shared so much throughout the years.  Because she and I were so close, and because she had such a profound impact on my walk with God, I asked her to be the Matron of Honor in my wedding.  A year and a half later, she shared my miracle of motherhood with me when she and my husband were in the delivery room when I gave birth to Nicole.

So, today, I would like to give thanks to God for giving me my mother.  Not only did He bless me with giving me the best mother anyone could ever hope to have, but He gave me someone who was responsible for bringing me into this world, and authored her to give me directions to the next.

I love you, Mom!

Psalm 139 13:14 “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

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