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I Got It From Her

Posted in Affirmation, Faith, and Relationships

It’s an easy recipe for the one of the happiest pasta dishes I know.  Macaroni and cheese.

It’s one of my family’s favorites.  I’m gushing just thinking about their grins around the table.  But more than that, this recipe always makes me think of my mom — because I got it from her.

My cooking gene is not the only thing she deposited into my life.  She also gave me her middle name, Ann. From reading her bible daily to serving in church with a smile, Mom gave us a legacy of love and service.

But eleven years ago, her last day on earth ended abruptly.

One outpatient procedure and three days later, Mom was gone. The woman who birthed me into this world and prepared me to walk wisely upon its sod, left to go home to be with Jesus.

But she left me with a lot.

Loving your family and friends ferociously.  Yep, I got it from her.

Knowing that nothing comes into a closed fist.  I got that from her too.

Now that I’m a mom, I often think of her love, lessons and sacrifices. She didn’t make living a good life look easy; but she made living a good life look possible. Mom gave me a major possibility through the words of a song.

She shared the melody as I prepared to leave home and fly into adulthood — literally.

She and my dad drove me to the airport.  Mom must have sensed my trepidation about leaving the nest.  During our drive, she began to sing these words:

“If Jesus is with me I’ll go anywhere.

Tis’ heaven to me, wherever I be, if he is there.

I count it a privilege, his cross to bear.  If Jesus is with me, I’ll go — anywhere.”

Whether or not you know the tune, I hope the words capture your heart.  I’m no longer able to sit at the table where I grew up and eat my mom’s signature dish.  But I am able to live out the words of one of her signature songs.

Although I got it from her, I know it was the Spirit grabbing my attention.  I hear each word compelling me to know Jesus intimately — until I exude the confidence built by being in his Presence.  Then I can go anywhere.  In his strength, I can do anything.  I can carry the privilege of carrying my cross daily. (Luke 9:23)

Consider the legacy you have or the one you want to leave. No matter what you have in your sights, I pray you sense God’s love.  He rejoices over you with singing. May even the faintest hint of his majestic notes bring hope for the heart and joy to the soul.

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness.  With his love, he will calm all your fears.  He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. – Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

12 Comments

  1. Felicia Bryant-Sosa
    Felicia Bryant-Sosa

    I remember your mom’s voice when I would speak to her from home, two houses away. “Hi Renee,” she would reply, in her high pitched sweet tone. She had such a sweet spirit. Thank you for sharing your memories and the macaroni&cheese recipe. Happy Mother’s Day!

    May 10, 2017
    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Renee! Thanks for sharing your memory of my mom too. 🙂 Enjoy the recipe and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

      May 10, 2017
  2. Thank you Joy for the recipe and love.

    May 10, 2017
    • Joy
      Joy

      You’re welcome Karen. Happy to “see” you. Enjoy the recipe!

      May 10, 2017
  3. Sabrina Roberts
    Sabrina Roberts

    Absolutely excellent! Thanks for the recipe as well.

    May 10, 2017
    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Sabrina! Happy macaroni and cheese to you too! 🙂

      May 10, 2017
  4. Kathy Humes
    Kathy Humes

    I remember calling your mother every week to talk about All My Children. What wonderful memories. Our family enjoys the recipe too. I have also passed it on to my family.

    May 10, 2017
    • Joy
      Joy

      Yes, I remember the AMC talks between you and my mom — what a hoot! After all these years, I’m happy to know you and your family are still enjoying the recipe. Thanks Kathy.

      May 10, 2017
  5. Aunt Corenza
    Aunt Corenza

    Joy, I love this story. It made me both happy and sad. Thank you for the recipe. Love you much. Love and Blessings

    May 10, 2017
    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Aunt Corenza! Writing this post was definitely bittersweet. Thankfully, we have many memories to cherish with my mom and your sister. Love you dearly.

      May 10, 2017
  6. TOK
    TOK

    What a sweet tribute to your mom. Thanks for sharing her recipe too.

    May 10, 2017
    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks TOK! Enjoy the recipe!

      May 11, 2017

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