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Tell me about your worst day as a mom and I will tell you about a woman who experienced worst. Tell me about how your child has lied and I will tell you about a mom whose child was lied on and persecuted. Tell me about how much you worry about your child and I will tell you about the mom whose child died simply so you and your child could cast all your cares on Him.
Sarah Jakes, a modern mom and daughter of world-renowned Christian evangelist, T.D. Jakes, writes a letter to Mary, the mother of Jesus in her newest book, Dear Mary: Lessons From the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom. This title made me look at Mary, the mother of Jesus, in a new way. Have you ever thought of Mary as a mom–A mom like me and you? She was a mom that had emotions and female hormones like the rest of us. I can imagine she had moments during her pregnancy where she was uncomfortable and irritable. She willingly became a servant and gave her body to God to allow a new Kingdom to be established, a Kingdom that would allow millions to accept a Savior into their lives and be changed for ever.
In this 180-page book, Sarah Jakes gives us a glimpse into her life as a woman, her struggles as a teen mom, life as a married and divorced mother, as well as a step mother. She shares how she has been challenged throughout her years as a parent and how inspired she is by Mary. Her letter to Mary asks Mary how she felt during various times of Jesus’s childhood, including commending her for her courage to carry the Son of God.
Yet you showed such courage and faith to trust that God would not set a miracle in motion without a plan for completion.
As a parent, one can easily forget to trust God during the challenging times of raising a little one. We raise them in a way to give them what we may have had as children, or, in some cases, in a way to avoid some of our childhood experiences. One of my favorite quotes from Dear Mary is:
If we are wise, we will build children with only the bricks God has us, not the rocks life has thrown at us.
Can you imagine what went through Mary’s mind each day, knowing she was the mother of the Son of God, a man who was sent to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders? She knew her only option was to trust God to direct her every move and thought. She was an imperfect woman who had one of the greatest responsibilities–caring for the Savior of all.
Dear Mary: Lessons From the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom is a great read for all mothers, whether new or seasoned. Mary’s life and purpose is a testament of God’s greatness and love. When your days get tough as a mother, consider Mary. Consider yourself a vessel God decided to use to raise a special individual–one full of greatness and a calling.