One Lucky Cat

May 23, 2013

Today in my first grade class, we were discussing animal moms, their babies and how they care for their young. As the conversation went on, one little boy said, “My cat lays eggs!” I told him, “No, cats do not lay eggs; they are mammals.” He was very persistent in his argument-even saying it lays orange eggs. A little girl, giving him a look of curiosity, mixed with amusement, said, “That is one lucky cat!”

I’m not sure; maybe he is confused about what kind of pet he has, or maybe he was just trying to be funny- probably the latter!

However, as I thought about this conversation, and the laughs it brought to us, I thought about those moms who are not mothers in the “normal” way, yet are still a “mother figure” to someone.

After we lost our third child, I struggled with the fact that I was done having children. It took much time and prayer to come to a place of peace with knowing that I would only have three children, one of which was no longer with me. Because I am a teacher, I have been given the privilege of having 18 children every school year. As a youth minister’s wife, I also get the blessing of being spiritually invested in the lives of many youth throughout our years in ministry. Of course there are some days, that I forget this is a privilege!

I recalled the role of my own biological mother-to care, pray, provide, counsel, console, comfort, encourage, and sacrifice for me. This then led me to think of all the “other mothers” that I have had in my life. I see some of those same roles being fulfilled by other Godly women throughout my life as my spiritual mother. Teachers, mentors, friends, Sunday school teachers, professors, pastor’s wives. Although they were not my mothers, they still fulfilled that role by doing some of the same things my own mother has done for me.

As we celebrate mothers this month, reflect on all of those women in your life who have been this example to you. When you do, look in your life to see if you have “spiritual children” that God has entrusted to you as well. It may not be in the way that you had desired or what seemed “normal,” (just like a feline laying eggs would certainly not be natural!). But if the Lord has put someone in your life that you can love and nurture, then you are one lucky cat! Rather- one blessed cat!

IMG_4173 2Jennifer is the wife of her college sweetheart, mother of two on earth and one in heaven, youth minister’s wife, and first grade teacher.  Fulfilling these roles requires her to work to find time for writing.  She hopes that it is something that will inspire others, but it is usually something the Lord has spoken to her first.  Along with writing, she enjoys reading, singing, movies, and sleeping late!  She shares her story and inspires others at Being Held.

Anna May 23, 2013 at 10:26 am

Thanking God for “other mothers”. Beautifully said.

Traci May 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Important words. Love.

Tonya Reynolds May 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm

That was a beautiful story. Thank you. I hope you don’t mind if I share this with a couple of people. Thank you to you and all of the other teachers for loving and taking such good care of our babies each school year. I’m really relieved to know we have such good, christian, caring people watching over our children when we are not there. Thank you. May God bless you and bless you and bless you…and your family. : )

Brie Gowen May 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I enjoyed this so much. Thanks for sharing.

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