"‘Dixie Mom’ modeled for me a nurturing, sensitive mother who felt deeply and wasn't afraid to get herself ‘entangled’ in my emotional world. It was no coincidence that such an incredible woman would move into a small house just a few doors away. It was no coincidence that I had a dream that lead me to her.
“Through Dixie I also learned to trust my ability to hear the Lord. Many times Dixie and I were both confused about how to handle certain situations in my life. We would each go to the Lord separately, and then Dixie would ask me, ‘What did the Lord tell you?’ I would tell her what He told me and invariably she would say that the Lord told her the same thing. We became witnesses for each other.
“During the years that Dixie helped me, different people would often say, ‘It’s so nice that Dixie has time for you!’ Dixie was one of the most involved and busy people I knew. At the time, she had six grown children of her own, 27 grandchildren, and Guy’s three children and grandchildren from a previous marriage. She was a more involved mother and grandmother than any I had ever seen. She also had a church assignment to be a leader and mentor to a group of teenaged girls. She was an art teacher and was even involved in digitizing historical records to aid in genealogical work. The list could go on and on.” (My Tears Fall Inside, page 78-79)
Sometimes for reasons we don’t understand, our biological mothers are emotionally and physically unavailable to us. We will never know all of the heartache they may have experienced or how the events in their own lives have shaped their psyche. What an amazing blessing it is when God brings someone into our lives to help with those unmet needs and what a blessing it is when we have the privilege of being a tool in His hands to help another. Is there someone who has blessed your life?