Pearl Girls™ Mother of Pearl Mother’s Day blog series | Day 8

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Each Life is Unique by
Lucinda Secrest McDowell

“God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our
knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. II Peter 1.3 (NIV)

Moms, God wants you to know that He has given you everything you need for life —
– your unique life. He does not plan to give you what you might need to live the life of
your best friend, or your neighbor, or even your favorite mother-model. No, God has
called you to the life that He planned. I suspect that for most of us, it didn’t turn out to
be the life we thought it might be… so long ago when we were young and dreaming
of ‘growing up.’

On Mother’s Day I often recall my own dreams to one day be a mother. I grew up
playing with dolls and looking to my own Mama as a model for that particular role in life.
However, by the time I reached my thirties I was still not a mother! God did, however,
have a plan. It just wasn’t what I imagined.

My own unique life would find me becoming a mother through the adoption of my first
three children who were ages 9, 7 and 4; and then much later giving birth to our fourth
child. Of course I was shocked when God revealed this to me, but I was ecstatic as well.
It’s as though I could hear Him saying, “Well, you’re not getting any younger so I’m just
going to just give you a jump start with three at one time!”

A huge blessing! A huge adjustment! A joy and a struggle. Change is often like that,
isn’t it? We finally get what we want then we have to deal with it. May I just offer a bit
of advice if you just got a great answer to prayer, but perhaps not in the way or form
you imagined? Just receive it. Embrace it. And be willing to move forward into a new
paradigm for your life. So what if you’re not like all the other mothers you know? So
what if you’re not like your own mother? So what if your family unit is different? I
guarantee God has a plan.

Not only did he want me to embrace my own story, but He called me as a mother to
do perhaps one of the most important tasks of all — to nurture my children to live their
own unique lives. Not for me to try and squeeze them into what I hoped and dreamed
they would be. Not for me to try and live my life through them. But to recognize how
God made them, gifted them, and called them to their own special place.

All of my 4 kids are different from one another. Let’s take sports, for instance: I have
one child who wins gold medals in international tennis competition, one who is a born
equestrian, another who competes nationally in obstacle course shooting matches, and
yet another who manages to dance onstage in 3 inch heels, do cartwheels and splits while
singing at the same time. Now, honestly, I do none of these things. And yet they do.

I don’t remember placing my order with God for these things.  But I do remember
when that tennis player turned 9 years old and I enrolled him in Special Olympics for

the first time and how it changed his life… and ours. I remember getting a counselor job
at an exclusive summer camp so that my daughter could take English riding classes. I
remember being a Cub Scout leader (even though I knew nothing about boys) so that son
could one day become an Eagle scout and pursue his love of the great outdoors. And yes,
I remember enrolling my preschooler in dance lessons. Later when all the little girls were
scared to go on stage for the recital, she exclaimed that she had endured a whole year of
lessons just so she could go on stage.

Don’t compare yourself to someone else. And don’t live vicariously through your
favorite reality show star. Live your own story. And Moms, raise your kids to embrace
the unique life God has for them.
Remember, He has given us everything we need for life!

Lucinda Secrest McDowell, a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Seminary, is the
author of 10 books including “Role of a Lifetime,” “Amazed by Grace,” “Spa
for the Soul” and the new Bible Study “Fit and Healthy Summer.” She is an
international conference speaker and enjoys being a Pearl Girl from “Sunnyside”
– her home in a New England village. Visit Cindy at www.EncouragingWords.net