Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day’

Happy Mother’s Day–Queen of My Heart

May 10, 2020


For my beloved Brenda,
Not just on Mother’s Day
But every day,
You are Queen of my Heart

One of the joys of my life is preparing exquisite meals for people I love. As an expression of my love for my beautiful wife, here is the menu for our dinner, fit for a queen, which we will share with out daughter and son-in-law and grandson on this special Mother’s Day. I thank God that we are able to do this.

Mediterranean Dinner Extraordinaire

Greek Salad

Assorted Shishkabobs

Salmon-Chicken-Lamb

Savory Quinoa w/ Vegetable Medley

Selected Riesling

Mini-Hollywood-Two-tone Cheesecakes

Coffee/Tea

Happy Mother’s Day, BJJ

May 11, 2019

For Mother’s Day 2019 here is a special tribute to a special mother, my beloved Brenda Joyce Johnson, mother of Melissa and Angela and grandmother of Kingston, a reminder of my love for you on Mother’s Day and every day:

One Red Rose

tender
reminder
love
grows

only
God knows
all the love
behind

one
red
rose

Love always,

LJ

Search me: in the natural and in the spiritual

May 13, 2018

Psalm 139--3-14The Verse of the Day for May 14, 2018 comes from Psalm 139:13-14 in the Amplified Bible:

For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

In my forthcoming book Not Just a Survivor—More than a Conqueror, I discuss this passage in a blog entry posted during a time when I was recently hospitalized. This particular post focused on the “Word of the Day” which turned out to be “research,” whose root is “search”, a term related to what God continually does to the human heart.

Research, in its most literal sense, means to “re-search” or to “search again. God, our Father, as the ultimate “Researcher” conducts this grand “research project” whose primary purpose is for the advancement of human knowledge about God, that we might “fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” In the process we discover, interpret, and develop knowledge, which we apply as we grow in our understanding of the Creator and His vast universe. I recall this poem that centers on “searching” or “trying,” as in examining closely and scrutinizing in detail in order to render some kind of assessment or evaluation. Introducing the work is a section of Scripture from Romans 8:27-28 (NKJV):

27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose

God Searches

Romans 8:27-28

God searches the depths of each soul and probes each heart,
To uncover each motive and extract the pure,
Discarding dross, thus perfecting the refiner’s art.
The word of prophecy stands as even more sure,
The touchstone to measure the essence of all life.
All else shall fail, but the Word shall ever inspire.
This two-edged sword, sharper than a finely honed knife–
Living, powerful, piercing each thought and desire,
Penetrating soul and spirit, joints and marrow–
Probing deepest emotions, dispelling the dark.
Life-giving and powerful, swift as an arrow
That finds its target and that always hits its mark
Reaching its own perfection, to its fullest extent,
The Word of God prospers wherever it is sent.

In thinking about God as “the ultimate researcher,” the passage from Psalm 139 also comes to mind. The Psalmist opens with recognizing that God knows all about us. Verses 13-16 reveal the intricate and delicate complexity of His matchless creation:

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

In some Hebrew texts, the reference to the “inward parts” or “inmost being” in verse 13 has been literally translated “kidneys”, the seat of inner human desires. Indeed, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Most amazingly, during this time I was also a patient undergoing a cystoscopy, an example of a deep internal examination of parts of the urinary tract. This surgical procedure allows the urologist to examine the lining of the bladder and the urethra by means of a device equipped with a camera and a light inserted into the urethra. Such advances in medical technology make possible the deep probing of our “inward parts” in the natural.

Spiritually speaking, all of Psalm 139 can be viewed as an invitation to deepest, divine inspection, as the celebrated psalm closes with this heartfelt request:

Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT} :

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

This passage, in part, also inspired this original psalm, an expression of my innermost heart’s desire during this very trying time:

Search Me: A Song for You

“I know your image of me is what I hope to be
If I’ve treated you unkindly, can’t you see
That there’s no one more important to me.
Oh, won’t you please look through me. . . “
“A Song for You”–Leon Russell

Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139: 23-24

The whole of my life unfolds as an open book,
Known and read by all with eyes to see, page by page.
As you read each line, take an even closer look,
Probe the depths of each of my thoughts, as you engage
The text, searching my heart for its deepest meaning.
Your searching and knowing is the ultimate scan.
As you discern my essence, my inmost being,
I will align myself according to your plan.
Beyond scans, scopes, devices to diagnose,
You see and assess any abnormality.
In these times of watchful waiting, you draw me close:
Despite what tests reveal, you will heal and deliver me.
At times I’m overwhelmed and don’t know what to do,
“But we’re alone now, and I’m singing this song to you.”

Hillsong offers a moving rendition of “Search Me O God,” an appropriate musical accompaniment to close today’s blog entry:

Happy Mother’s Day to a Special Lady

May 13, 2018

The second Sunday in May is a special day for special women in our lives—our mothers. On today, April 13, 2018, I express my gratitude to God for my wife, Brenda, the mother of our two daughters, Melissa and Angela and the grandmother of our grandson, Kingston. Happy Mother’s Day to a special Lady, affectionately called, Mom, Mommy, Mimi, —Brenda Joyce Johnson.

I love you on Mother’s Day and every day.

A tribute to our mothers

May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2

Mother’s Day, one of the most popular celebrations in terms of greeting cards mailed and flowers sent, is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It recognizes motherhood with a special time to show appreciation to our mothers and mother figures.

Mother’s Day celebrates all mothers—mothers expecting their first child, mothers of young children, mothers of older children, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers with adopted children, mothers who gave up their children for adoption, foster mothers, mothers who have no children of their own, but are like mother figures, and more.

Mothers are marvelously multifaceted individuals who defy a concise definition, but here is an attempt by Louise Shattuck to touch upon some of the many dimensions of motherhood:

Do you know that Webster defines a mother as “a female parent”? This is the understatement of all time, and someone should to tell Mr. Webster why this description should be revised.

A mother is a walking encyclopedia. Her children expect her to know where the sun goes at night, how jet propulsion works, what the principal exports of Thailand are, and where kittens come from.

A mother is a master mechanic who can get a trouser leg out of a bicycle chain and fix anything with cellophane tape and a hairpin. She is a practical nurse who can remove splinters and loose teeth painlessly, stop an earache in the middle of the night, and cure a case of measles before the fourth grade picnic.

She is a sage who is wise enough to know when her son has reached the stage at which he would rather die than be kissed in public. Yet she is an innocent who never ceases to wonder at the miracle of life.

A mother is all of this and more.

Mothers with children deal in diapers and middle-of-the-night feedings. Crushed Cheerios in the rug and Legos underfoot. Play groups, pillow fights, bedtime stories. Runny noses, bumped heads, skinned knees. Tickles, hugs, kisses. These are a mother’s world.

And so is round-the-clock training–twenty-four hours of teachable moments. How to tie shoes and how to share. How to give and take with peers and how to respect authority. How to handle disappointment and how to reach for the best. How to love well and live morally. The old Marine motto applies to motherhood: It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love.

Mother’s Day continues to be a special time of celebration for those whose mothers are still living as well as time of reflection for those whose mothers may no longer be with us, but whose unconditional love remains in wonderful memories that we cherish today. Here is an expression of our gratitude to God:

Songs of faith, hope, and love—a tribute to our Mothers

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,

1 Thessalonians 1:3

A  Song of Faith:

Like a river flowing endlessly,

Your songs of faith, hope, and love

Sustained us and kept us alive by the grace of God

If it had not been for your song of faith that taught us

We shudder to think where we would be today

If it had not been for our mothers’ song of faith

That taught us no matter what happens,

No matter what others may do or say.

This one thing we know “God will make a way out of no way.”

Faith, imparted unto us, “Faith of our Mothers, living still.”

Faith, to guide us on our journey always to seek to do God’s will

Faith, to lead and guide us through the perils of the darkest night,

Showing us by example just how to walk by faith and not by sight.

A Song of Hope

Your song of hope was filled with God’s promises

Bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all ours and ten thousand beside

You taught us to build our hope on nothing less than Jesus Blood and righteousness

When it seemed like we had reached our outer limits

And had exhausted all options and it looked like we couldn’t cope

You sang a song to remind us to keep rejoicing in hope.

To build our hopes on things eternal, to hold to God’s unchanging hand

You sang a song of hope, a lively hope, a living hope, the expectation of a future good.

The Lord God was and is our hope, the same hope you sang about in our childhood

We made it through the storms that keep on raging in our lives

Your song of hope helped to sustain us through all the turmoil that we faced

Now we watch and patiently wait with our souls anchored in hope.

A Song of Love

Now abides faith, hope, love; these three, but the greatest of these is love:

More than a soothing lullaby to calm our fears all the times when we cried,

This song of love from the heart of our mother is a powerful force,

That a mother’s love is special–this cannot be denied.

The love of God is transfused at birth from heart to heart.

Though some of our mothers may not be here with us,

Their songs of love will never depart.

God’s love never dies but with each new sunrise lives on

To sustain us and remain with us to endure in sunshine or storm.

Our mothers’ song taught us to live by faith, rejoice in hope, and walk in love

The songs flowing from our mother’s heart enlightened us to see

Faith, hope and love: Love is the greatest of these three.

May God continue to bless our mothers.

 

A brief history of Mother’s Day and a look at mothers in the Bible

May 10, 2015

Proverbs 31--10

History of Mother’s Day:

Always held on the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day is one of the most popular American holidays, but exactly when and where did this holiday begin? The following information is based on an Examiner.com article that looks at the history of Mother’s Day.

In 1907 Anna Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day and persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the 2nd Sunday of May. Jarvis’ mother had tried to establish Mother’s Friendship Days as a way of dealing with the aftermath of the Civil War. By the next year Mother’s Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia. Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessmen, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother’s Day. It was successful, and by 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, officially proclaimed Mother’s Day as a national holiday to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

Mothers in the Bible:

Nowhere is the importance of mothers more clearly revealed than in the Bible. In a number of instances some of the leaders of Israel are set apart because their success or failure in carrying out God’s precepts. One exemplary example is Josiah:

2 Kings 22:1-2:

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.

2And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.

In contrast, there are others, such as Jehoahaz:

2 Kings 23:31-32:

Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 32And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.

The fact that the mother is mentioned specifically by name, indicates her importance in rearing the individual who ultimately ruled in Israel, for the Queen Mother had considerable influence.

Of course, we also find examples of noteworthy mothers in the New Testament as well, from Elizabeth, the mother of John, the Baptist, to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ to Paul’s affectionate reference to the mother of Rufus, as “his mother and mine.” We are familiar with the powerful impartation upon Timothy, as Paul remarks, “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”

One of the most dramatic portraits of an ideal wife and mother is found in Proverbs 31:10 which asks a question and subsequent verses provide the answer:

Who can find a virtuous wife?

For her worth is far above rubies.

This passage indicates that she is priceless, implying that as a good wife and mother, the woman so described is of inestimable worth. Mother’s Day provides an opportunity express how valuable mothers are in our daily lives. Indeed, we find nothing in life more precious than a mother’s love.

Take a look at this animated version of Proverbs 31:1-10: