My mother passed away a few years ago. Mother’s Day always causes me to do some reflecting. I was the youngest of three and her only boy. Yes, I’m a Mama’s boy. 🙂  Mrs. Ann Overstreet Kitchings, had many strengths, but I don’t have time to elaborate in this brief article. (Perhaps a book one day… Ann Flew High Until the Day She Died?) Ok, back to the point of this writing today—she intentionally reached out to love those that needed a loving touch.

MY MOM TAUGHT ME HOW TO VISIT NURSING HOMES… When I was a child, my mama would take me to this one particular Nursing Home. It was not very nice, but the residents were. Why? Because I belonged to Mrs. Ann. She spoke to everyone and ministered to those that needed it most. She understood what the least of these meant and modeled it in front of me. I’m thankful and always remember this practice when I enter Nursing Homes today. I’m not as good as she was, but I sure try to be as much like her as I can in certain situations while visiting.

MY MOM SPENT HER FINAL DAYS IN A NURSING HOME… My mom was in her “sweet spot” when she went home to be with the Lord. The final months of her life were spent as a resident in a local nursing home. I witnessed her being a Preacher’s Wife again—meaning, the joy of loving others was evident. She made the most of her final days by soaring with the strength her Jesus talked about often… “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them…” ~Romans 12:9a

MAYBE YOU AND I NEED TO GO VISIT A NURSING HOME THIS WEEK? What a wonderful time to reach out to those mom’s that may or may not have family left on this earth or in this city. Whatever strength your mom, my mom, or other moms have or had that align with God’s Word, let’s recall it and consider practicing it.

Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. ~Hebrews 13:7