Heaven in Her Arms by Catherine Hickem was a wonderful, thought provoking, and even sometimes emotional book for me to read. This book explores the question I have often pondered … Why was Mary chosen to be the mother of Jesus? We read about the extraordinary qualities that Mary had. Qualities that equipped her to be the mother that Jesus needed her to be. Mary mothered a young child, a teenager, and a grown man. When we study the qualities that Mary had as a mother, we can begin to understand what we need to be to our own children.
Within Mary’s nature existed many of the same challenges mothers of today face. She felt fear, questioning, helplessness, and must have been overwhelmed. The wonderful thing is that she knew what to do with those challenges. She sought support from other women, had great faith, had a spirit of praise, faced the unknown, took time to ponder, obeyed, let go, prayed, and trusted God.
As a mother of two adult children (college age now) this book challenged me to think about “motherhood” in a whole new way. Our children are not entrusted to us to meet the expectations we have for them, but instead we are asked to parent them so they can reach the full potential that God has placed within them. I don’t often say this, but I plan to read Heaven in Her Arms again. There were so many moments in the book that challenged and moved me. I highly recommend this book!
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