God, I am in pain again because of a possible “mother-in-law.”
A man I love loves me and I love him so.
His mother doesn’t care for me, and actually fears my hurting her son.
I understand her fear.
I am a mother of a son myself.
But I am not out to hurt her son, just as he is not out to hurt me.
But I cannot promise I will not hurt him, just as he cannot promise me he won’t hurt me.
All I want to do is share You with him, and share him with You.
I enjoy being with Him, and talking about You with him.
So why, Lord, why would a mother not want me in her son’s life?
Does she not want me to be his spiritual support, as You do?
Does she not want me to be praying for him every moment I can?
Does she not want me reading Your Holy Word with him?
Does she not want me praying for his whole family?
Does she not want a Godly woman raising her son’s children?
Why would a woman of God not want that in another woman of God for her son?
So many times I sit and ask myself, What is wrong with me?
Why wouldn’t she want me to be there for her son?
Am I not a Godly woman to her? Does that even matter to her?”
And then I realize what I’m doing.
I’m putting myself down because someone else cannot see those qualities in me,
Or doesn’t care about those things.
If a woman, a mother, doesn’t care for those things… she couldn’t possibly care for her son,
And if she does care for these things, and therefore cares for her son,
But cannot see this in me, she is not the woman of God I need my mother-in-law to be,
Or the woman of God You have chosen to be my mother-in-law.
The mother-in-law You send me will be a woman of God first and always,
In all matters, including with her son.
My mother-in-law will love her son and his wife.
She will have a love for all.
Loving others will be her heart’s desire because her heart is filled with Your love.
She will be on her knees in prayer for me and my son.
She will lift her voice in praise to thank You for bringing two children of God together.
She will know all there is to know about me and will still accept me in her home, her heart, and her family.
She will love me as You do… just as I am.
My mother-in-law will be a woman who will help me grow spiritually, and will enjoy being a part of doing so.
She will praise You that the woman her son loves, loves God most.
She will praise You that her grandchildren will have a Christian father, a Christian mother, a Christian brother, and a Christian home.
And I will praise You that I have a Christian mother-in-law that I can confidently trust my children’s spiritual well-fare with… all of my children… including my child born before meeting her son.
Finally… my son will have a Christian father who has a Christian mother of his own.
He will have a whole new Christian family, along with the one he has in my Christian family, to support him and help him grow.
My faithful obedience in trusting You will bring my son a Christian grandmother who has raised such a Christ-like young man herself, that my son can benefit and learn from that Christ-like young man as his Christ-like father.
And he, my son, will be able to share that with his brothers and sisters, and all he meets.
Most of all, my mother-in-law will be someone I can do to for advice, a talk, or comfort.
She will allow me to be there for her as a Christian daughter-in-law when I can.
We will share in being there for one another.
And we will pray on our knees together for “our family.”
We will praise You together for “our family.”
My mother-in-law will not be perfect, nor a Saint, but she will be Christ-like and have such a heart for God, and all of His creation… each one!
Thank You, God, for thinking of me with such love and heart.
Thank You for Your every blessing large and small… and that I am unaware of.
Praise You for Your awesome power and love.
In Jesus name I pray.
Written by Gail Brookshire
Inspiration: Dedicated to my future mother-in-law. God bless you for your loving heart. Thank you for loving my husband (your son) and teaching him the most valuable gift… the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you for building that in him to pass onto our children… all of our children. Praise the Lord!