Posted by: glorifyhim1 | May 9, 2010

A Tribute to Mama on Mother’s Day

Mama. Oh, how I still miss her! My dear Mama passed away 16 years ago this month. In fact, Mother’s Day was the last celebration we had together before her death a little over a week later. And even that Mother’s Day was difficult because she did not feel well and she realized that she was probably facing yet another hospital stay. For the previous four years, Mama had faced serious health challenges as well as the loss of her husband, my Dad, with whom she had shared life for 43 years. About a year before Dad’s death, Mama required surgery to amputate her left leg.  Then after Dad’s death, she faced a serious infection that affected her kidney function.  As a result she was on dialysis for about a year and half before her death. During this time she faced dialysis three times a week and battled numerous infections.

Although I knew that Mama’s condition was serious, it was still hard for me to let her go. And, now, 16 years later, I can still feel that loss sometimes almost as fresh as it was then. Yet I cannot think of Mama without a smile coming to my lips. Mama had a knack for teaching important life lessons through simple sayings that captured a larger truth. Many of these sayings are age-old proverbs or quotations that have been handed down for centuries. She probably had no idea where many of these sayings came from and possibly had heard some of them from her own mother. In like manner, I have repeated some of these sayings to my own children and even today, some of these sayings can spring to my mind and convict or encourage me in whatever I’m going through. I guess that goes to prove the continuing influence of a good Mama. I’d like to share some of these wise old sayings with you. More than likely, they will remind you of things you have heard your own mother say!

  • “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”


  • “Don’t get too big for your britches.”


  • “No matter where you go, always remember where you came from.”


  • “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”


  • “If the shoe fits, wear it.”


  • “If wishes were horse, then beggars would ride.”


  • “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”


  • “A little learning is a dangerous thing.”


  • “Actions speak louder than words.”


  • “All that glitters is not gold.”


  • “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”


  • “Anyone who will gossip to you, will gossip about you.”


  • “Beauty is only skin deep.”


  • “Better to be safe than sorry.”


  • “Better to give than receive.”


  • “Blood is thicker than water.”


  • “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.”


  • “Don’t have too many irons in the fire.”


  • “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”


  • “Don’t toot your own horn.”


  • “Don’t wish your life away.”


  • “Don’t pretend to be something you aren’t.”


  • “Every dog has its day.”


  • “A good example is the best sermon.”


  • “Haste makes waste.”


  • “He that lays down with dogs, gets up with fleas.”


  • “Just because everybody’s doing something, doesn’t mean it’s right.”


  • “Little pitchers have big ears.”


  • “Live and let live.”


  • “One good turn deserves another.”


  • “Don’t jump out of the frying pan into the fire.”


  • “Pretty is as pretty does.”


  • “Practice what you preach.”


  • “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”


  • “The early bird catches the worm.”


  • “Rain falls on every roof.”


  • “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”


  • “The sqeaky wheel gets the grease.”


  • “There is always someone worse off than you.”


  • “There are plenty of fish in the sea.”


  • “There is more than one way to skin a cat.”


  • “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”


  • “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”


  • “You can’t get blood from a turnip.”


  • “You can’t please everyone.”


Mama used many of these sayings to teach us and drive home simple truths that we would long remember. Many echoed Biblical principles that we could find phrased comparably in the Scriptures. It worked, Mama. And you know what else? I’ll always remember where I came from. It was the sweetest place on earth. Let me add one more old saying – “There’s no place like home.”

Home, a place of refuge

That shelters from life’s storms,

Home, a place that welcomes us,

And where the heart returns.

Home, a place where we are loved

No matter what we do.

Home, a place where we can grow,

Learn and start anew.

Home, a place that we may leave,

Yet never stay apart,

For wherever we may wander,

Our home’s within our heart.

“Through wisdom a house is built,

And by understanding it is established;

By knowledge the rooms are filled

With all precious and pleasant riches.”

(Proverbs 24:3-4).


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