Today holds a very special place in this Mother’s heart. Thirty one years ago today, I became a MOM! My precious baby girl, Christina Nicole was born, and life changed as I knew it!
I never imagined I could love anyone, like I loved this baby! I never pictured myself content to hold her and stare at her for hours on end. I never realized how selfish I was until I could only think of her and her needs, never considering mine. I never believed a heart could hold this much love and not burst!
I actually considered not having any more children because I thought it would not be fair. I didn’t see how I could love her so much, and share that love with another child. After my son was born two and a half years later, I realized that God in His amazing plan, allowed my heart to expand and love both equally with the same capacity and passion!
I am so blessed to be their Mother, and thank God for the privilege daily!
When my daughter was born, I would have done anything to protect her and make sure she was safe and taken care of. I remember, like it was yesterday, taking her home from the hospital. I wrapped her securely in a blanket and held her close to me in my arms as they pushed us out to the front of the hospital in a wheel chair. My husband pulled the car around and suddenly, without warning, I felt a surge of panic race through my body. My defenseless, tiny baby was going to be put inside that huge piece of metal, and driven out onto the open highway! I have never felt a sense of protection and responsibility like I did that day! I got into the backseat, placed her as gently as I could, into that car seat, that suddenly felt incredibly insufficient, and buckled her up. I remained in the backseat with her all the way home, and never took my eyes off of her. I felt a sense of relief when we pulled into the driveway, took her out of the car and into the house.
Another mother in the Bible also had a baby, but this baby was a boy. Her boy was born in a time when Egypt ruled over the Israelites, God’s chosen people. This mother was from the tribe of Levi. She saw from the beginning that this boy was a special baby. This mother was living under the oppression of the King of Egypt who had made a decree that each Hebrew baby boy born was to be killed.
Having a true mother’s heart that cared more for her baby than herself, this mother hid her baby for three months. She protected her baby from death, at the cost of putting herself in jeopardy of being put to death. When she realized she could no longer keep him hidden, she took a big risk to continue protecting her child.
“She got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch.” Exodus 2:3a
She was the original “DIYer!”
“She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River.” Exodus 2:3b
The rest of the story is the original “from rags to riches” story, or “from the hut to the palace” story.
Baby Moses is plucked up out of the Nile River by the Pharaoh’s daughter herself. She realizes the baby needs nursed as he is crying, and she feels sorry for him. She sends for a “wet nurse”, and his very own mother comes to offer her services.
The same Mother’s heart that risked her very own life to protect the life of her baby, nurses her son for several years, and keeps him safe and close.
This however, is not the end of this mother’s story. Because she desired to protect her son, regardless of the cost to herself, she brings her child back to Pharaoh’s daughter when he is weaned.
“Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son.” Exodus 2:10
This faithful, selfless mother, protected her son ultimately by giving him to another woman to raise!
I don’t know about you, but that brings tears to my eyes, and causes this mother’s heart to melt. This picture of a Mother’s sacrifice to provide protection for her child is a beautiful picture of selfless love.
A MOTHER’S HEART PROTECTS, NO MATTER THE COST!
Today I wish my beautiful daughter the happiest of birthdays! I want to thank her for starting out as my daughter, and becoming my best friend. If you do not know her, I wish that you did. All who know her are blessed. She has a strong heart that loves Jesus faithfully and consistently, and loves others with the same passion. She is the most intelligent person I know, (she gets that from her father!), yet she has a true sense of humility that considers all people equal. She is kind, caring, and giving. She is confident, strong and trustworthy! She is an incredible wife and an amazing Mommy. She is my treasure and my gift from God. I love her with my whole heart!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY GIRL! YOU ARE LOVED!!!
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