When I was asked to be a Titus 2 mom, I was very humbled and a little surprised. I guess I didn't want to admit that I had at some point crossed over the point of being a "young" mom to an "old" mom! I had attended several Hearts at Home conferences years ago, so I was excited that our church might be able to develop a biblically-based learning group for moms. I prayed about it and said yes. Well what a blessing it has been for me!! The fellow Titus 2 moms are wonderful mentors to me and I love spending time with the "young" moms again. It brings back the wonderful memories of those early days and again I am humbled to be able to help and encourage them through their journey of being a mom as I know what a blessing it is from God! But, I never imagined how much I would get from the program. As you said, God's word never gets old and we need to keep hearing it over and over.
I want to share one of my highlights with you because it means so much to me. I think (hope) our family life has peaked in terms of business and craziness. We have two away at college, but one day at the end of January, it was the 17th birthday of our oldest son at home, and I had a Mom to Mom meeting that morning. I had no present for him because honestly (and sadly) he really did not need anything materially and I just didn't have it in my heart to "buy" a present for the sake of having a present. So as I am rushing getting ready for our meeting time, I am thinking to myself that I shouldn't be doing this Mom to Mom thing, that I just didn't have time for it. I always want to make sure I am putting my family first and I just had a incredible amount of mom-guilt that morning.
But I went and listened as Linda Anderson spoke to our group via the DVD. As crazy as it sounds, I know God was talking to me through her. It was Heart Talk Session 6: Biblical Building Blocks of Self-Worth. It was EXACTLY what I needed to hear that morning. Anyway, as I was listening to Linda and thinking about our son, the idea of the best present came to me. Why do I have to buy "something" for him?
Instead, I went home and wrote him a long letter telling him how special he was, how thankful we are for him, and how God is always there for him. With that letter I promised him that once a month for his 17th year either I, his dad, or both of us would take him out for a special dinner. In a large family, that just does not happen! It has been my most treasured gift that I have given in a long time. I look forward to being able to do this throughout what is basically his last year at home before he goes off to college. We have done it three times now and every one has been wonderful. I am guessing that this may become a new family tradition for us and it is all because of Mom to Mom!!