Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My Moms a Warrior

 Mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary. 
--- Dorothy Fisher

I began this post on Mothers Day, and did not finish it, so today I posted it a few days late!

Most people would not know it, but my mom is a warrior. In fact, the women in our family tend to be warriors. I have been blessed beyond what I can express to you, with a family that loves God and has encouraged, impacted and helped keep me on the right path towards God. My mom has been and is essential to me being what God wants me to be. She has given up much for her children, she has sacrificed her own needs, wants and life throughout her adult life for us. She has followed God into each circumstance He has created with willingness and faithfulness.
As a young woman she gave my brother Steve to a family in adoption. Steve grew up in loving Christian home, and while we only met a few years ago he has traits that would be recognizable as my brother. Many mothers abort and snuff out a life that God created. My mom endured the pain, and it taught us all the power of prayer as she was relentless in her prayer for him, which God honored, as we found out when Steve found us and shared His story. 
My mom then had me, my sister Lora and then my brother Dan. Dan 's disability made her into a caregiver and nurse 24 hours a day. Her commitment to Dans care was beyond what words can describe, Dan lived the long 22 years he did, because of her vigilance. When Dan pursued his call into ministry, mom was right there, also in ministry, being his driver, roady, caregiver, and agent and never stopping being mom. When Dan died, she grieved and the pain was more than a mother deserves, yet she cared for her children's grief as much as her own. As my sister Lora pursued her calling as a mother in foster care and adoption, my mom has been right at her side every step of the way, helping, loving and mothering.  When we began Camp Daniel, I know mom could have looked toward retirement and rest, but she willingly followed as God took us to Athelstane to begin this work. 
I have never known loneliness, or what it is like not to be supported and loved. I have never known what it is like to not have someone praying for me, I have never been in the trench of the battle by myself, my mom has always been right there, ready to charge. Nothing is ever to bad or hard as I know she is there, praying and prodding me to be the best I can be for God. She is a warrior, as was her mother before her. As I said before, the women in our family are just that, warriors, My sister, my aunts, my cousins, they are warriors for Jesus. 
Father God I thank you for my mom, I thank you for her gift of being faithful to you in every circumstance. I thank you for her love which has allowed me to understand just a little how much you  must love us. Help me to be a warrior, like my mom. 


  1. Tony,
    Thank you for that great insight on your mom and her journey - very courageous. You are also a warrior, a strong leader gaining ground in a fierce battle for souls. You forgot one other great warrior in your line though -
    And a warrior in training - Anissa.

    Love you fiercely bro.

  2. You are right James, Karol should be on that list, but I decided that should be post all on its own! A line is to little to express about her..the warrior who digs the trench, sews the unifroms, feeds the troops, loads the guns, pulls out the maps, tends to the wounded and then runs ahead to lead the fight...another entry all on its own.

  3. Great post Tony! I'm glad to part of the family. Love you:)

  4. aaahhh, touche.
    Very well said Tony.
    Can't wait to read that one, too!

  5. Blessed are those who have such an heritage.
    Much is expected of those who have such an heritage.

  6. Whoever said that circumstances don't make -- they reveal, really knew what they were talking about. We have a great heritage of warriors don't we? I am blessed and humbled to be a part of such a heritage. And the beauty is: The Best Is Yet To Come! Love ya, Tony.