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I'm A Living Success Story by Pam Osborne

I’m A Living Success Story! - A Guest post by SUMite, Pam Osborne


Pam OsborneIt’s that time of year when all Mothers experience one of two emotions, either extreme joy that Summer with all of its “I’m bored” exclamations will soon end, or the polar opposite, which is the onset of empty nest syndrome.  I happen to fall into the latter.  My baby will be a senior in high school this year, and my daughter starts her sophomore year at college.  I’m still not sure how they reached this level of maturity since I haven’t aged at all, but that’s another story. 

As a Mom, we can’t help but wonder about what the future holds for our budding offspring, and if we have done enough to prepare them for this great big world.  I know this to be especially true of the SUMite mom.  We can’t help but play that footage in our minds, “I wonder if I’ve taken them to church enough?”, “I wonder how not having my husband as our spiritual leader will affect my kids?”, “I wonder if I will lose them to peer pressure?” REPEAT.  I can quote many of those bible verses meant to reassure us, but still… 

As I was contemplating all of this, I had the sweetest revelation.  I am a living success story!  

I am the restored child of a SUMite mom!  Praise Jesus.  My mom was the spiritual leader in our house.  She faithfully took, or drug when necessary, us to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night prayer meeting, church camp, and vacation bible school, in most cases without the presence of my father.  Although my spiritual journey was not always a straight path and consisted of many detours, I know without a doubt that God had me tethered to him and never let me stray too far off course.  In retrospect, I guess you could say that those frantic mornings of mom trying to get three kids out the door to Church, the loneliness she felt around other Church couples, and her disappointment of not having spousal support was, in the end, all worth it! 

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

So as I sit here lamenting over the new school year with doubts of whether or not my son will let the temptations of this culture influence him, and whether or not my daughter will choose to build her life upon a spiritual foundation, I can rest assure that we serve a God who always keeps his promises! 

Bio: I was born and raised in South Carolina, and reside here with my pre-believing husband,two young-adult children, one dog, and an ever increasing number of Koi fish. 

I work as a legal secretary by day, and nurture my creative side at a home decor shop on the weekends.  I thank God for an awesome Community Church, my two bookclubs and spell-check.


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