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Help for the mother load

A grace note by Ann Floyd

Thirty-four years ago today I became a mother. In 27 days, my youngest of three will walk the aisle on her wedding day.

What a trip motherhood has been.

The road started in a youth pastorate in Texas, where our son, Steven, was born. The road then led to Illinois, where my husband, David, became administrator of a children’s home. Daughter Stefanie was born there. After several years the Floyd family of four packed our belongings and drove to Hillcrest Children’s Home in Hot Springs, Ark., where we ministered for eight years. Our third child, Stacie, was born there.

When the children were school age, the Floyd Five hit the road for Springfield, Mo. What had been ideal for me as a mother — serving in children’s homes — changed. I desired to continue to use my God-given abilities to extend His kingdom.

Offers came to reenter the workplace; so, reluctantly, I got on that road. I’ll work for two years, I thought.

Two years have become 22 years.

Have I survived?

We’ve had "accidents" along the road. There were Steven’s two bouts with brain cancer and then his death at 21. I survived my brain tumor scare five years ago. We’ve had surgeries. And then there were the usual bumpy roads of childhood illnesses and traumas in their relationships.

How have the children fared?

My greatest joy is to see the children assume servant roles. Steven was on a missions assignment in Belgium when he had to return home for his second surgery. Seven weeks after his wedding, he passed away. Stefanie is employed at Global University of the Assemblies of God in Springfield. Stacie is a high school teacher at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La. All have filled or are now filling positions in their local churches.

Some moms have to work outside the home; some have a choice. Stefanie tells moms: "Don’t let your children view [your working] as a negative. The time you spend with them is the important thing — not the time you are away."

Stacie adds: "Share with your children what you do and explain to them why you are working. Kids appreciate honesty."

Moms — stay-at-homes and those in the workplace — I salute you this Mother’s Day. Either way your task is formidable, but it is doable. Remember that Jesus said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV).

Enjoy the ride … under His power.

Ann Floyd is an associate editor of the Pentecostal Evangel.


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