Friday, May 6th, 2011

The beauty of my mother

It’s true that “All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field” (Isaiah 40:6). But still, God does create beauty for us to enjoy short-term. Sometimes short-term is quite a few years.

This week, I’ve been organizing some old photos of my mother from  the years before I knew her.



































Of course, there’s a beauty that’s much deeper than what a photo can show. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).

Thank you, Lord, for a mother who fears the Lord.


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12 Responses to “The beauty of my mother”

  1. O precious legacy!


  2. Sharon Granston

    Dear Noel,

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. I see you in the first one!! How wonderful to still have your mother with you. Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Great photos of a beautiful woman indeed! Happy Mother’s Day Noelle!

  4. Bonnie Williams

    Dear Noel,

    It was wonderful to see the pictures of your mother this morning. It brought back a couple of memories I have of her . . . watching many little children at Lake Nokomis while a group of “would-be” runners did our lap around the lake. Denny and I were the recipients of her hospitality in Barnesville while visiting Mike and Pam, and I still can picture her sitting and reading her Bible when we arose each morning.

    She is a special lady, and raised a special daughter that we have had the privilege of knowing for 31 years.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Noel!

  5. Lovely post – Lovely Mother! Glad that I got to meet her.
    I am an old friend of one of your sisters, Christa, and I know the sister older than and younger than her. I am struck by the resemblance of your Mother in the sister who shares your Mother’s name!

  6. She looks like a wonderful woman. God bless you both, Happy Mother’s Day.

  7. Karin Livingston

    I thank God for your Mother too….thanks for sharing the photos. You are a good daughter and Mother too dear friend.

  8. What a lovely woman….mine is 93 1/2 and I am going to church with her today!

  9. I hope that we would spare a thought for those who do not have mothers like you: the divorced mothers, the mothers who left their children, the mothers who killed their children, who took their own lives

    • Antony,

      You are so, so right. I’m about 5 minutes away from posting what I’ve been working on for the last hour–remembering that Mothers Day isn’t a day of celebration for many people.

      thank you for remembering.

      • I had read your post on “When Mother’s Day Isn’t A Celebration”
        “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” Rev 21:4

  10. What a beautiful tribute!

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