I have a scripture-share and a poem for you to meditate on…
I have been incredibly blessed to have two amazing children. Friends, family and even strangers are forever complimenting me on them. However, it’s not to say that every minute raising them has been all roses and sunshine.
As a mother of boy/girl twins in their senior year, my concern about their future has heightened. Since this is their last year in high school, I decided to focus on my children and put my sequel on hold.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
Psalm 127:3 NIV
Both of my children are involved in sports. My daughter is a skilled field hockey player and holds down a part-time job. My son is co-captain of the cross-country team, swims and also runs track.
My son even inspired me to take up running. It helps clear my head and has so many other benefits that I decided to incorporate running into my novel, Not Again.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV
My husband and I do our best to raise them. Fortunately, my children love the youth group at our church and my daughter has terrific mentors that she meets with on a regular basis. It certainly takes a village to raise children.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6 NIV
It’s not easy going through the teenage years and I pray my children will always look to the Lord in all they do and say.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Psalm 150:6 ESV
One trait they both possess is kindness and for that I am very proud.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each another, just as Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32 NIV
One evening I lay in bed trying to sleep as I worried about my children. I prayed and a poem came to me. My hope is that you too can find comfort in this poem, especially in the last section.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 NIV
A Mother’s Mind by Maria Henriksen
There once was a mother of twins
She loved them very much within
They were born with each having their own mind
with different personalities, but both are kind
As proud as proud could be
this mother took pictures for all to see
His toddler hair went from light to brown
Blond has always been on her crown
His eyes changed from a blue to a brown hue
while her eyes remained a sparkling blue
Life was not as hard as you would think
They grew up in a matter of a blink
Her once little ones are no longer small
The boy runs fast and the girl plays ball
The boy is as spirited as one can be
The girl’s good nature is her key
He likes to lead
She strives to succeed
With college hunting around the corner
this mother became more of a mourner
The mother wonders what they will be
once they are off and set free
She can’t help but worry and stress
that they may not be a huge success
She calls out to God in her time of despair
She recalls how deep He really does care
He reaffirms, “There’s no need to distress
with their trust in Me, they’ll be a success.”
With those words on her mind
a restful sleep she did find
Copyright 2019: A Mother’s Mind: Author Maria Henriksen: All Rights Reserved: https://vinewords.net/contributor-maria-henriksen-a-mothers-mind/
Meet Our Contributor
Hi! I’m Maria T. Henriksen, author of the novel, Not Again and I’m excited to share my book with you.
As a mother of boy/girl teenage twins and a substitute of all ages, I am immersed in the lives of young ones. Not Again addresses many of the challenges teens face today in a profound and sometimes witty way.
During the revisions of my novel, I experienced a tremendous amount of physical pain and stress. As a result, I found it necessary to employ coping mechanisms to get me through that difficult season of my life. In turn, I incorporated those same techniques in my novel. My hope is that readers in various stages of life, not just teenagers will be transformed by the inspirational messages.
Thank you for allowing me to share my baby with you and I hope you enjoy my novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Here is a book description/blurb of my debut novel called Not Again:
Christina De Rosa holds a potentially deadly secret that threatens to get out. As an innocent young teenager, Christina survives a terrifying detailed sexual assault that destroys her self-worth and trust.
In her daily struggle, Christina searches for ways to keep her torment at bay, so she can function as a “normal” teenager. Meanwhile, Christina’s spiritual journey leads her down a path causing conflict within, as she’s riddled with guilt and shame.
A chance encounter with her longtime, hot crush, Avery Evans, sparks a fire in Christina that she can’t extinguish. As the sweet, loving, knight in shining armor he readily portrays, Avery offers the safety and security that Christina craves.
In her quest for internal peace, Christina must make a decision. Will she give her heart, body and soul to the super popular, Avery Evans?
Will Christina’s nightmares become all-consuming or will her discoveries lead her to a renewed way of life?
Find out if true love triumphs in this edgy, faith-based young adult page-tuner, set in the 1980s.
*Not Again is NOT your typical Christian coming of age story. Fierce faith doesn’t come without a fight. Prepare for heartache, self-harm, traumatic events, real romance, and actual scripture in these pages.
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