Hello Madison and McKenzie,

The day you were born brought about so many mixed emotions.  I was happy, sad, excited, confused and filled with joy simultaneously.  I knew God had chosen me to be called, “Mother”.  He had loaned me two of His precious children to rear in the earthly world.  What was I to do?

Your great-grandfather, Rev. Roy McSwain, use to always quote, “The hand that rocks the cradle, is the hand that rules the world”.  It was not until I carried you both for 9 months and gave birth that I understood this quote in its entirety. 

From the moment of conception, God designed my body to nurture and protect you. I enhanced this by having consistent prenatal doctor visits, adhering to my doctors advice, eating healthy foods and beverages and reading and lots of laughter to promote an overall healthy well-being and strong sense of self.

You are now 3 and 4.  We have had great times and not so great times!  There were times you cried and cried too.  (lol)  There were times you did something for the very first time and left me breathless and in awe of God’s creation.  There were plenty of times you imitated my actions or behavior.  And at times, it made me laugh, made me proud and yet sometimes “CRINGE”.

On today, I want you to know that God has given me His strength to be your mother.  He had never left me.  Among other things, I try my best to honor Him through my parenting and rearing of you.  I want you to know there will be times when you will not get it right, as you might simply fail sometimes.  However, I want you to know that it will pass.  God will prove Himself strong in your weakness and He will guide you to higher ground. You only need to trust Him.  There will be many times you will succeed!  I want you to know that it is okay to give God the praise, credit and honor for your success! It is okay for you to admonish Him for His good and mighty works!

I also want you to know that through my discipline, I am honoring God’s will and plan.  I am demonstrating to you my highest level of love.  This has, by far, been the most difficult task of motherhood….knowing when to laugh and not laugh at your “cute” antics.  The times I say, “Walk please”, “Inside voice please”, “Repeat the words to this scripture after me”, “Let me put your bow in”, “You have had enough”, “Use your words”, “No more iPad, time to read a book”, “Let me place a bracelet on your wrist”, “No more pink lemonade”, “Wake up, let’s get ready for church” or “You can choose between an apple or banana” is simply me trying to be the best mother I can be to you so you will grow into a productive and god-fearing lady in this world.

On today, a high school acquaintance gave me great encouragement.  She said, “ I want to share with you what our pastor said many times in sermons over the years.  It was written on my heart so I would never forget it. As a mom to younger ones, I’ll share with you.  Jim would say “ as a parent, you have been entrusted with an eternal soul.  Nothing is more important that pointing that child to Christ.”  Wow.  No pressure, right???”  This truly blessed my soul!  As I thanked her and wished the continued Blessings of God on her and her family, I knew this was confirmation from God.  So see girls, this is the reason I take motherhood so seriously.  As a woman, I have been given a great task……motherhood.

One day, you too, will have children.  I do not want you to be afraid to love your children with all of your heart and admonish God to give you the strength, guidance, sanity and peace to be the mother He called you to be to His children.  DO NOT be afraid to “Train up your child in the way they should go”.  It is the will of the Lord. 

From time to time, I will continue to write you letters to share the life lessons, you too, will face. 

With much love to my M&M’s….your mother. 

Prayer:

Father, I thank you for the children you gave to me. Thank you for choosing me to be a mother to your precious little ones. 

Father, in your word, you remind us to be strong and courageous, do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Being a mother is not always easy, it takes patience, sense of humor, prayer, common sense, wittiness, prayer, prayer and prayer! I thank you for your power that enables me to be a strong and courageous mother!  

I thank you for upholding me through your word. I strive to train my children up in the way they should go. You promised that if I do, when they are old, they will not depart from that training.  

Father, I ask that you continue to guide me in every understanding of my children. Help me to be able to motivate, love and discipline them according to their individual needs. Show me how to teach them to walk in Your Will for there life. Show me how to create a hunger in them for your word and your truth.  Father, show me how to discipline them without breaking the zeal, self-initiative, confidence and curiosity you placed into them. Give me the wisdom to impart into them as they grow up and enable them to make wise decisions. 

Father, I pray your angels watch over them in every place they may be. Uphold and protect them when they are surrounded by individuals who may not have there best interest at heart. In the name of Jesus, I rebuke the antics of satan, who only comes to steal, kill and destroy. 

Father, you are good. You are faithful. Thank you.  

In Jesus name, I pray, Amen. 

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