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  1. I was so very blessed to have the sweetest friend ever in my Mother-in-law! She has passed into Heaven now and I can’t wait to see her and my own beloved mother again someday! I miss both of the strong and beautiful women and was so thankful to have them in my life! I was also blessed to be with them and be the care giver for each of them. It was an honor to care for them and to give back just a tiny bit of all they had given to me along the way! Praise God for the blessings, of great Moms and Moms-in-law!

  2. Liz,

    My MIL died before I married my hubby. I have doted on my step MIL. Helped my hubby care for her & his dad. Would often take left over casseroles & other foods from local missions I volunteered at once a month. Called them often to check on them plus took her to doctors’ appointments. For her birthday this year I made her favorite bread, got her a whopper & large fries from Burger King. Nothing big, but showering her with love she deserves.

    Blessings 🙂

  3. Hello Sisters in Christ,

    In-laws are precious in God’s Sight.

    No one has to alone, even if you feel that God has calling you to live a Single Devoted Life unto the Kingdom of God. Make your calling sure. Don’t make the decision to be Single unless God gives you the Divine Power to answer His Calling on your life.

    If you want to be a wife and mother, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how to be the best candidate possible, plan to pray, plan to receive pre-marital counseling, plan to support the dreams of another person, plan to place your dreams on hold until God shows you the best time to achieve your dreams so they can blend into your marriage and family. Never let the enemy label you as, “just a wife and mother”, “I home school my children”, I need support from my community so I can embrace wellness, and I know my plans for my career have been delayed but they are not denied.

    Keep laughter as part of your everyday activities. Remind yourself of the little girl inside your inner woman. Celebrate tiny moments of happiness and achievements. Treat yourself to what you like to do; go on a walk in the park, go to a museum, take in a movie, try a new meal, check your Budget and see if you can afford a pair of inexpensive earrings or get a bottle of nice lotion.

    Gospel music makes me smile a lot. I enjoy Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Linda Tait Randle, Whitney Houston (especially her Gospel), Nicole C. Mullen, Gladys Knight, and Aretha Franklin. The Gaithers are nice for easy listening to Gospel. Any secular music that is not rated PG, R, etc., can be enjoyed with my husband.

    Women are so intricately designed by God.

    Enjoy your Mother’s Day Celebration.

    Your Sister in Christ

  4. It’s wonderful to hear that you had a great relationship with your MIL. I did not. I married into a middle eastern culture. I am an American of Swedish/German descent. My MIL had 3 sons and 1 daughter. I was her first DIL. She did not want her son to marry me. Told her son I was mental, etc. She wanted to control who her sons married. They all ended up marrying American girls – we were all in the same church as well. She wasn’t able to get her sons to marry in their own culture. My MIL was a very strong-willed person and controlled her family. At least she tried to. I was a total opposite and very young emotionally and mentally with no confidence. I had great difficulty dealing with her and her wiles.

    Even my sisters and mom (and I know other women in our church) didn’t know her like I did and if they were informed on how she was, it was hard for them to believe she was someone totally different than what they experienced with her. And the stress I dealt with all those years until she moved away to another state with her daughter and son-in-law. She also made life with her son-in-law difficult. That was her way. Always poking and pushing your buttons.

    Be thankful (and those reading this post who indeed have a great MIL experience) that there are those of us who haven’t – even in Christian families things are not always kosher.

    I am thankful for my mom. She lives with my younger sister nearby. She just turned 94. 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day everyone!