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When Lisa-Jo Baker was the host of Five Minute Friday, she used this week’s writing prompt and it led to some beautiful and inspiring posts, so I thought we’d try it again. ūüôā

This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: SHE

 

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This weekend will mark My 10th Mother’s Day Without My Mom.

It’s true that the passage of time makes the ache less acute, but the ache is still there. It always will be.

As I’ve reached the phase in my own parenting journey where I’m trying to navigate how to mother teenagers, I realize more and more how much I under-appreciated my own mom.

When I think of what it would be like for my daughter to leave as a teenager for mission trips to Toronto, Honduras, or India, I can only imagine how my mom must have felt. Of course I didn’t realize it at the time. I couldn’t have known, having never been a mother before.

I can’t imagine what it would be like for my daughter to get on a plane alone before her 21st birthday to fly halfway around the world, only to return six months later and tell me she was turning around to go back indefinitely.

And yet my mom let me go.

I try (somewhat unsuccessfully) to reign in the worry of what could happen to my teenage daughter, and when I realize what I put my mom through and all the things that could have happened to me on any one of those trips or any one of the days of my life, one feature stands out:

She prayed.

She prayed for me and my sister every single day, multiple times a day.

I can only imagine the things I was spared from because she prayed.

 

STOP.

 

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