Motherhood in all Seasons
Hi, I am Marcia Walden and I am 79 years old and the mother of three children. Our firstborn was a baby girl, the second a son and the third a baby girl who you all know as Jill. Our three children presented us with five grandchildren, and they gave us seven great grandchildren. I would be remiss if I did not mention our two sons in law and daughter in law, men and women of God who we love as our own flesh and blood.
As you have heard said before children do not come with instruction manuals. As a mother I made a lot of mistakes, but one thing was sure I loved each one of my children and always wanted them to know that I did. Having just spent Mother's Day with some of our family and receiving phone calls and texts from the rest I feel incredibly blessed and thankful.
The most important thing is all of our children and grandchildren are serving the Lord and the greats are being brought up to know about Jesus and learning to love him.
When our children were young, I knew the most important thing I could do besides showing them love was to pray for them. God gave me a scripture, Isaiah 54:13 "And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” KJV. I wrote this on pieces of paper and put on the front of my refrigerator and the mirror in my bathroom and every time I saw it, I would pray this scripture. Praying the Word over your children is the most important thing you can do. As a mother I feel our first mission field is our family.
I don't believe there is anything harder than watching your child go through something and not being able to fix it for them. There have been sleepless nights, tears and sorrows along the way but the joy and love far outweigh it.
I trust when I leave this earth that my children will be able to say, “she loved us, prayed for us and she taught us to love God”.
My husband and I have been in ministry for many years, mostly as pastors and we have a lot of spiritual children. We have watched babies born and grow up and have children of their own. When we get a Facebook message, text or something telling us about something in their life we did or said that helped them make a right decision or touched them in some way it makes it all worthwhile.
There is so much I would like to say, stories I could tell but there is not space. Just know being a mother is an honorable calling, but it takes dependence on God, prayer and the word to get it right.