My Mother’s Sacrifice & An Essential Oils Giveaway


She woke up before the sun peeked through they sky each morning, being careful not to wake us up. In the darkness of the early morning she would peek into our rooms, tip toeing in to lay a kiss on our cheeks before slipping out until the sun would set again on most days.

My mother was fortunate to stay home with us until I was in grade school. But out of necessity, she chose to enter the workforce so that she could contribute to the family income. My father, who immigrated from Mexico, was a chef at a restaurant and money was extremely tight as he would often work 2-3 jobs just to make ends meet. My mother did what she felt she needed to do for the sake of her children.

Even though she spent many hours away from home, my mother always placed a high value on family. After working long hours, she would come home and cook, clean and love on her husband and children. She would not go to sleep at night until the last load of laundry was done and the last dish was washed. Quality time with family was important to her, and I remember long nights of snuggles and warm chocolate milk just before bed.

I was not raised in a Christian home, and my mother has not yet met the Lord, but from her I learned the value of a working woman. I’ve had to work my entire life. And although I don’t balance my life perfectly, I think I’ve done a good job. I’ve raised two children, and have another two that are young adolescents. My mother modeled how she balanced work, home and family, and to my children I model how I balance faith, family, work and ministry. My mother taught me the value of hard work, both inside and outside the home. I will always remember the sacrifice she made to provide for her children.

Being-a-Mom-is-Hard-Quotes-3You may not work outside the home. Perhaps you do. Or you may be involved in ministry outside the home or other things that keep you away at times. I want you to understand how much value there is in what you do. The sacrifices you make each and every day do not go unnoticed. We all walk through different seasons in life as a mom. Whether you are called to be home, or called outside the home, they Lord will reward your diligence.

The Giveaway!

UnknownOne of our readers will win a bottle of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil. I’ve invited Myra to share with you below:

Hey y’all! I’m so excited to tell you about Young Living’s Peppermint Essential Oil. First off, it’s very important to use a therapeutic grade essential oil that is safe to ingest because anything that goes on your skin should be safe enough to eat, right? Peppermint oil is amazing for motion sickness, nausea, headaches, mental clarity and energy just to name a few uses. I keep Young Living Peppermint oil with me at all times, as well as, a carrier oil because Peppermint oil can feel “hot” to those with sensitive skin…like my kids. I’m thrilled to be giving away one bottle of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil to one of you! To learn more about how I use therapeutic grade Young Living essential oils, click here!

To enter:

Leave a comment on this post sharing about a sacrifice you’ve had to make as a mom. (MANDATORY ENTRY)

For additional entries (1 per action done):

  1. Visit this post from Myra and leave a comment telling us which of the products mentioned you are most interested in.
  2. Subscribe to 5 Minutes for Faith (and tell us how you do).
  3. Tweet about the giveaway (and comment with the tweet link)

This giveaway will remain open until 9PM (Central Time) on Wednesday, May 15th. A winner will be chosen using All winners for all giveaways in this series will be notified by email and announced at 5 Minutes for Faith on Friday, May 17th. Please make sure your email address appears in the comments. (U.S. & Canada entries only.)

8 Responses to My Mother’s Sacrifice & An Essential Oils Giveaway
  1. Charis
    May 8, 2013 | 2:05 am

    I was just talking to Bill about how motherhood is about sacrifice and how so many moms need to be reminded that it does not go unnoticed by God. I have been blessed to stay home with my kids, but have brought in a second income from home, in various ways, the whole time because we needed it. I think one thing I sacrifice, like so many moms, is both quantity and quality of sleep. It is truly by the grace of God because I would never have believed you if you told me that I would be able to function for 9 years pretty tired but still getting through. I think your mom gave you a great example of sacrifice in motherhood.

  2. Missy
    May 8, 2013 | 7:30 am

    Barbie, I’m kind of floored by the fact that your mother doesn’t yet know the Lord, and yet, provided such a loving model of motherhood to you. What a blessing her influence has been on you! That graphic about motherhood So Perfectly describes what it’s all about. So true.

  3. Shelly
    May 8, 2013 | 11:41 am

    I have three beautiful blessings from the Lord. I became a very young mother at 16. I do not feel that I have sacrificed though because being a mother has been the very best experience of my life. I did miss out on alot of things that teenagers do, but I feel that I was saved by having my first daughter at this time. When all of my friends were worried about where the next party was going to be, I was home with the greatest blessing a woman could ever have.

  4. Vicki
    May 8, 2013 | 11:53 am

    It’s hard being a single mom, I think for a long time I’ve sacrificed taking care of myself, things like socializing with friends, etc. After my husband died, I felt like I needed to be with my son all the time and that I was somehow not a good mom if I left him with a sitter, etc.

    Fortunately, God is breaking this in me!

  5. Vicki
    May 8, 2013 | 11:54 am

    I think Peace and Calming or Valor both sound wonderful!!!!

  6. Vicki
    May 8, 2013 | 11:55 am

    I subscribe by email

    vickimichelle74 at yahoo dot com

  7. John Hutchens
    May 8, 2013 | 9:30 pm

    my mother sacrificed for my siblings and myself. She worked long hours everyday. I remember shopping with her and would see things she admired for herself and could not afford. But she always made sure we had new clothes for school and church.

  8. Freeman Moody
    May 19, 2013 | 4:25 am

    Keep in mind that Young Living’s peppermint oil is a great way to introduce your neighbors, friends, and family to the wonderful and exciting world of essential oils. Help others see what they’ve been missing by introducing them to the versatile world of peppermint!