This girl is irresistable. And I am SO jealous that bunny is getting kisses and not me!!
My mentor and I are finishing up Captivating and this week's chapter was on mothers and daughters. Eldredge says, "As large as the role is that our mothers have played, the word "mother" is more powerful when used as a verb than a noun. All women are not mothers, but all women are called to mother. To mother is to nurture, to train, to educate, to rear. In doing this, women partner with Christ in the vital mission of bringing forth life.....We birth life in others by inviting them into deeper realms of healing, to deeper walks with God, to deeper intimacy with Jesus. A woman is not less of a woman because she is not a wife or has not physically born a child. The heart and life of a woman is much more vast than that."
The work book asked, "Who have you mothered? How??" One of the first people that came to mind was my little Claudia. Though I've spent only one month total with her out of her almost 7 years of life, I feel as though I have mothered this child in a way. I feel that way about all of the children at the orphanage. When I go in and hold their tiny bodies, sing to them, and pray over them I feel as though they are all children of my heart. But this little girl holds a very special place, and I'll always think of her as being someone who I invested in as a motherly role. I would give absolutely anything to hold her hands, kiss her cheeks, and hear her call me mama again. Maybe someday that will happen. But if not, despite all the heartbreak over this sweet girl, I am thankful for the days I had with her, to give her the love she so desperately desires.