Things Mama Said – Part One

         I’m a mom, so you know what that means. It means I say mom stuff. For example, I’m fifty-four and my mom is still here with me. Today it’s wet and rainy and windy and just plain yucky outside and while I was getting ready for work she called to chat a bit. True to her mommyness, she asked me if I had galoshes to put on.  After I got over the shock of hearing the reference to galoshes, I said, “Huh? What?” This of course opened the door for her to repeat her question and add some further “mom stuff.” Ya gotta love it though. As a mom of a now 27-year-old son and almost 25-year-old daughter, I find that, in spite of their ages, I say all sorts of stuff to my kids that they now know as mom stuff – all the stuff I get to say just cuz I’m a mom and it needs/has to be said…well sorta.

          And then, there are the times I say certain things just so I can sleep better at night. If you’re a mom and/or if you had a mom, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Here are a few examples of the sort of the things that I would classify as mom stuff:

* Don’t take any wooden nickels. (a favorite of my Mom’s.)

* Be sure and drive the speed limit or drive safely.

* Make sure you wear your seat belt.

* Be wise.

* Be careful not to trip.

* Make sure you wash your hands before you come to the table.

* Call me when you get there, just so I know you’re okay.

* Make sure you drink plenty of water and take your vitamins.

* Clean up after yourself!

* Did you flush?

* Be careful crossing the street.

* Make sure you hold on tightly to your purse.

* Make sure you don’t share anyone’s comb or brush or lip balm.

* Don’t go out with a wet head, you’ll catch cold.

* Don’t sit too close to the television it’ll ruin your eyes.

* Eat your vegetables, they’re good for you.

I could go on, but I’m sure you get the point.

          What I find so amazing and fascinating is our Heavenly Father, the Sovereign God of the universe does the same thing with us. For no other reason than the fact that He loves us and has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11), He faithfully and consistently tells us stuff, and some of it He repeats to us over and over again.

          The first thing that comes to mind are the commandments and statues of God. Most of us know the basic  ten – “You shall have no other gods before Me. ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.’ ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.’ ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ‘You shall not murder.’ ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ ‘You shall not steal.’  ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.‘1

          One of the things my mother taught us growing up was something from Scripture but I always knew it as “the golden rule”. Tomorrow, we’ll look at that and then turn our attention to words that the Father repeatedly says to us.

Stephanie Paul

Stephanie Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women’s Addiction Ministry. She has been married for almost 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. Stephanie serves alongside him as Care Group leaders in their church. They have two grown children. Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.

1 Exodus 20  www.biblegateway.com

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