Lynyrd Skynyrd Had a Great Mom

She’s the kind of mother I want to be. With purpose. With straight forward talk. Not afraid to lead her son. 

“Mama told me when I was young
‘Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this it’ll help you some sunny day’

She taught him to listen to his mama. Even if what she was teaching him right now didn’t apply, she taught him what it meant to ponder her words and use them when appropriate. 

‘Oh, take your time, don’t live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You’ll find a woman and you’ll find love
And don’t forget, son, there is someone up above’

She taught him to live for today because tomorrow has enough worries. She taught him about love. She told him about Jesus. 

‘And be a simple kind of man
Oh, be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me, son, if you can’

She taught him that being simple isn’t the same as being small. To have goals and to be a man worth knowing. 

‘Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied’

And maybe she didn’t even realize she was teaching him that God is his portion and his cup. That the boundaries have fallen in good places for him. That even though he may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, he is given daily life giving bread. 

‘Boy, don’t you worry, you’ll find yourself
Follow your heart and nothing else
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied'”

She taught him what it meant to have faith like a mustard seed. To step out and hear God and follow. What it means to turn from the enemy’s relentless whisper and “only be strong and courageous.”

And she’s taught me to stand firm in my calling as a mother. Step out and speak with purpose to my children. To only be strong and only be courageous. To look to Him who is my perfect portion. My perfect cup full. 

Raising these boys to men is our job. It’s the only job with an echo quite this loud. My children will grow up to change lives. Today, some men in Dallas changed lives. Is this what we are settling for?   

They just don’t make music like they used to. 

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