I had a wonderful and very busy Mother’s Day weekend! One week ago, my husband decided to attend his alma mater’s alumni banquet which was the Friday before Mother’s Day. The Bible school he attended is out of my home church, (Victory Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas) so, it seemed logical to just stay the weekend and be with my mom on Mother’s Day. This hasn’t happened in many years. I not only got to be there on Sunday, but I was able to attend the mother/daughter banquet as well. Several ladies in the church spoke, including my own mom. It was a great encouragement to my heart.

Because I believe in keeping it real, I must say that I received a very hateful email message from someone I love dearly right before I left for this trip. It grieved me so much that it made it hard to enjoy the visit. The email I received stemmed from a conversation between two other people, so it hit me out of the blue! The words that were said can never be taken back. I am still burdened about this situation and am praying God will work on this person’s heart to turn it to Him. Salvation isn’t a fire escape, it’s becoming a new person in Christ. From what I can tell, this person is lost and that adds to the heavy burden I am carrying. Through it all, though, the Lord ministered to my heart through my Bible reading and through the wonderful people at my home church. I don’t remember ever feeling quite so loved as I was on this last visit. Boy, did I need their kindness! If anyone from Victory in Benton is reading this, thank you! 🙂

Because I was so distracted, I didn’t take as many photos as I normally would have, but here are a few:


Me and the kids on Mother’s Day, in my mother’s Sunday school room.


Mom, me and five of her grandchildren.


Me and my wonderful mother.

I think my husband was really trying hard to cheer me up, because he bought me an amazing gift:


 He bought me new bedding! He bought the comforter, bedskirt and all of the matching pillows! It’s also my favorite color! I had picked one out very similar to this one around my birthday, but didn’t buy it. He remembered!

On Sunday, I got to hold the sweetest little baby girl ever! Her name is Piper and her mommy and daddy have been my friends since I was in elementary school. (Both of their mothers, too!) They have been praying for a child for several years and in March, God answered their heart’s cry. What a joy to be in the presence of such a blessing! I also got to see my friend, Audri, and her children; my first choir director, Mrs. Marie & Bro. Stan; my friends, Amy, Jen, Bro. Jenceson and his wife, Donna;  a former co-worker, Mrs. Cox and of course, my former pastor and his wife, Ken and Pam Graham and many others.

The Lord has been so good to me. Through the trials of life, I see how weak I am and how strong He is. I see how desperately I need Him and how thankful I am to know the Savior. God’s Word was a great blessing to me this past week. There were several verses that helped me, but I’ll just share one…or two. 🙂

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. ~ Psalm 55:22

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. ~ Psalm 57:1

Thank YOU for reading! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I’d love to hear about it in the comments. 🙂


9 thoughts on “Mother’s Day 2014

  1. Carolyn Courtney says:

    I’m so thankful you and your family were able to come. It was a big sacrifice for you, but it made a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for me. (I wish someone had told me to comb my bangs.) :o)


    1. The humidity certainly wreaked havoc on my hair! Oh well, it’s not about how we look, it’s about making memories. Love you!


  2. Carmen Gwin says:

    😦 So sorry you had to be the recipient of such hatred, Valerie. So glad you got to see your Mom & hear her speak as well. I’ll be praying for your heart to heal from piercing words. Love you all!


    1. Thank you, Carmen!


  3. Amanda Tyler says:

    I’m so glad you got to spend Mother’s Day with your mother. Great pictures! Praying for you!


    1. Thank you, Amanda!


  4. Dixie says:

    Love the post. Sorry about the nasty letter, some people have no filter. I’m so glad you got to spend Mother’s Day with your mom. I got to spend the weekend with mine, but had to be home for Sunday, but it was still good to get to be with her (and dad) for a while.


  5. Donna Payte says:

    See, I do read your post….from time-to-time. It is always so nice to see you and your family. So sorry for burden you carry. Love the pics and how thoughtful that he remembered.


    1. Aww! Thank you for the comment, Donna! 🙂 I sure do miss you all.


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