My Mother Always Said . . .

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and I want to honor our mothers by remembering their counsel! I want to continue today by sharing another thing “my mother always said” with my mom, Betty Keenan. If you have some advice to share from your mother, please chime in and let us know in the comment box below.

Mom headshotMy Mother Always Said . . .

“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
Hope: Ouch! This one sounds a little bossy. Is there some godly counsel in this one or just the frustration of dealing with slow people? Smiling here = ).

Mom: I’m goal oriented and when I set my mind to do the task and when people drag their feet I get irritated.

Hope: Okay Mom, make this spiritual. People are listening. = )

Mom: Okay, I’ll tell you a story. There were two times in my life when God revealed to me that something was going to happen before he showed your dad. I had to keep my mouth shut because it had to come from God and not from me. It was hard to patient because I saw the goal and I wanted to go! Only two instances in our married life where God said, “This will happen. Be patient. I’ll bring it about.” And he did.

Hope: Can you share one of those times?

Mom: I can. The first time is when we wanted to go to the Super Conference at Liberty (Lynchburg, Virginia). Your dad said no, we can’t go. One week he went to church and he took whoever wasn’t sick that Sunday. I went up in the bedroom to watch Jerry Falwell on TV. I was sitting on the cedar chest and Dr. Falwell announced the Super Conference. Right away God gave me the assurance we were going to go. And we did go!

Hope: Okay, so you’re saying that by nature you want to move quickly to the next thing, but God’s shown you to be patient and wait.

Mom: Right. It’s easier to be patient with God.

Hope: (Smiling here). That’s true. I’ve always said I can be a great Christian if I’m the only duck in the pond. But this event was actually significant because a few years later you and dad drove to Liberty again. This time you brought me there as a freshman student. A few years later you took my sister to the same school. And the Super Conference was our first introduction to Liberty Baptist College—now called Liberty UniverLead Follow or Get out of the Waysity.

Mom: God knew all of that ahead of time.

Hope: So I guess in this case, “Lead, follow or get out of the way,” meant that God was leading and he needed you to get out of the way so He could talk to Dad. Or did I just confuse things?

Mom: No, that’s about right.

Hope: Hey, maybe we found a way to make this spiritual after all, Mom.fiesty

Mom: Maybe.

Hope: You are SO feisty! And I do love you.
Happy Mother’s Day! This week I’d love to hear something that YOUR mother always said. If you have some advice to share from your mother, please chime in and let us know in the comment box below.

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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