Lorri Dudley

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Category: Mother’s day

couple embracing

The Musings of a Love Connoisseur

Couple embracing

I love love.
Although this sentence sounds strange and looks repetitive, it’s true. Writing romance novels gives me free rein to study love and people in it. There is nothing more heart-thumping than the moment the hero realizes his life is better with the heroine by his side. When in a grand gesture, the hero sacrifices the one thing he said he’d never give up because her love was well worth the cost or vice versa. It’s the moment when two people battle their demons to find happily-ever-after, within their grasp, and they take the leap.

While romantic love is what sells in boxes offices and books, there’s a love just as powerful and self-sacrificing—a mother’s love. I often had nightmares as a child. I remember repeatedly running into my parent’s bedroom and waking my mother. She’d calm me down and sit with me until I fell back asleep. While I know I appreciated her helping me, I didn’t truly understand the full sacrifice until I had kids of my own who also had terrible dreams, and I’d go and sit with them by their bed. Kids don’t fall asleep that quickly, and at 3 am, when you’re utterly exhausted with a big day ahead of you, one minute feels like an eternity.

Mom holding baby

Mothers are continually making sacrifices for their children, but you don’t find too many books written about a mother’s love. Often, it’s taken for granted, with kids thinking it’s a mother’s job or just how moms are wired. But the love that changes diapers, cleans up vomit, sacrifices their Sunday night to do a forgotten, last-minute panorama project, and loses sleep worrying until they hear their child pull in the drive past curfew, this love doesn’t expect anything in return. In fact, a mother knows the day they endure excruciating pain to bring their child into the world that the goal is for that child to grow up, spread their wings, and someday fly away.

While a mother’s love is special, God’s love is even greater.

Isaiah 49:15 asks what mother would forget the child at her breast? But, it states, even if she might forget, God will never forget you. One of my most treasured memories is sitting in a rocker-glider with my newborn baby boy looking at his sweet little face, feeling the warmth of his little body cuddled in my arms, and thinking there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for my precious little man. God’s love is even greater, stronger, and more passionate. It’s the marrying of romantic love where the groom comes for his bride and the sacrificial love of a mother. There is no height nor depth, no angel nor demon, nor any power in all creation that could keep God’s love from us (Romans 8:38-39).

He loves you beyond fathomable because you are that precious to Him.
What an amazing love.


To all the moms out there, happy Mother’s Day this Sunday! 

A special shout-out to my mom. Thank you for staying up nights with me, for the countless packed lunches, and all the spelling words you helped quiz me. Thank you for every moment of worry and every tear shed. Thank you for believing in me, cheering me on, and cheering me up. I love you.

Happy Mother's Day

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Mom holding me as a baby

Love Like a Mother

 “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy fathers would do it.” ~ Dorothy from the Golden Girls

This video sums it up perfectly (it’s in English with Portuguese subtitles):

 

Mom holding me as a baby

Mom and me

From getting up in the middle of the night to warm a bottle to waiting up past the curfew hour listening for a car to pull in the driveway. Moms sacrifice for their children. I had no idea about all the sacrifices my mother made for me until I became a mom. Now, I thank God for her every time I . . .

  • Pack lunches
  • Get up in the middle of the night with a sick child
  • Find a way to make leftovers into a whole new meal
  • Scramble at the last minute to help make a school project the kids forgot to mention
  • Drive a figure eight pattern around town dropping off and picking up
  • Put in another endless load of laundry
  • Quiz my kids for the umpteenth time on multiplication tables, state capitals, you name it.

This list is customized more to the phase of life I’m in now, but it has varied in content depending on the age of my children. Which only goes to show how My exhausted mom sleeping with me next to herexpansive a mother’s role can be. They may not be earth-shaking items. No one gets a trophy or gold medal for packing lunches or doing laundry, but it’s the consistent, everyday tokens of her love that solidify a child’s world and gives him or her the confidence to reach his or her potential. It’s this humble love that I strive to emulate for my kids.

My mother is barely five foot one, but she has the heart of someone seven feet tall. Here are some of the life lessons I have gleaned from her daily sacrifices.

  • Love first and foremost.
  • Laugh at yourself.
  • Always be kind.
  • If someone puts you down, it’s because they are hurting inside.
  • Be creative.
  • Don’t be afraid to try something.
  • Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak it’s just more efficient.
  • You can be frugal with money, but not with your love.

My mother was always there for me. No matter what happened whether it was good or bad, it was always my mom to whom I turned to for praise or to ease the pain. She has always been my biggest cheerleader and the one who dried my tears.

It is because of her humility, forgiveness and sacrificial love that I can pray, “More of you Lord and less of me.” And by now being a mother, I’m better able to understand on a deeper level the extent of God’s grace and love.

“As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 66:13

Thank you, Mom!

And Happy Mother’s Day to all the operations managers – boo-boo fixers – personal shoppers – chefs – taxi drivers – potty trainers – housekeepers – toy repair experts – playdate coordinators- kiss and hug experts – or otherwise known as moms!

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