The Love of a Mother
by Mitzi Neely on May 12th, 2017

I’ve always wondered how I could be so blessed to have not one, but two women in my life who nurtured me, encouraged me, and inspired me to be all I can be.

Each of them represents differences, but they also share similarities. One I’ve had for 56 years. The other for 37 years. My mom and my mother-in-law are the best of both worlds.

Both women endured challenges and hardships in their lives.

One was born during the Great Depression. The other experienced the Great Depression. Each lost an adult child, suffered the loss of a spouse, and were blessed to remarry and enjoy happy lives.

One was an educator. The other, a businesswoman. And they shared similar skill sets that include detailed, organized, well-informed, astute, and savvy. They enjoyed their careers and performed to the highest level.

I have learned so much from them over the years. They taught me that loving God was first, and that family was the heartbeat of your existence. While each differed in their talents and abilities, they both loved people, and treasured their children and grandchildren.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Proverbs 31:25-30

They each possessed the kind of strength, character, integrity, and morals that were non-negotiables. Each of them showed me it would be difficult to survive the daily doses of life without the Fruit of the Spirit. Their shining examples are forever etched in my soul.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23

My two mothers were poster girls for confidence, and their courage and perseverance carried them through the tough times. They encountered setbacks, endured tragedies, and picked themselves up more times then they cared to count, but it’s who they are. Their kindness and graciousness extended beyond their families to friends and acquaintances alike. In the years since becoming a wife and mother, I have witnessed countless times how important it is to be gracious, kind, thoughtful, forgiving, courageous, and respectful of others. I try to model those same attributes daily.

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
Proverbs 31:26

Their teachings equipped me with confidence, passion, godly thinking, and spiritual awareness, so I can face the circumstances and challenges of this life.

As I reflect on, and treasure what I’ve learned from these two beautiful women over the years, it comes down to a simple, but powerful list.
  • Seek God First
  • Encourage and love one another
  • Never lower your standards or expectations
  • Be a role model, for you never know who is watching, and
  • Share a mixture of grace, love, and laughter everywhere you go.

I am who I am today because of my two mothers. They loved me, instructed me, counseled me, advised me, and modeled for me. I am forever grateful for their selflessness, their joy filled hearts, and for wanting me to be all that God intended.
Blessings Soul Friends,

*I recently lost my mother-in-law, Lalon Neely Pirkey (left), in December, 2016, at the age of 97. She was the true matriarch and I am thankful for our time together. And while my mother has experienced recent health issues that come with her being in her 80s, I am making the most of every moment we have together.

Today's blog post is part of our Soul Inspired series Inspiring Women

​Mitzi Neely is an inspiring motivational speaker who encourages women of all ages through her experiences and shortcomings. She has been blessed with a passion and love for people that stretches across the generations. Her heart is to lighten your load, while conveying her message that nobody’s perfect. Whatever your struggle or need, you will find encouragement through her words as she refreshes your heart and renews your joy. Follow Mitzi at

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Lynn O'Neal - May 12th, 2017 at 8:14 AM
So beautifully written! I'm so proud and honored that you are my special friend!%u2764
Mitzi Neely - May 12th, 2017 at 10:50 AM
Thank you Lynn!
Our mom's are true heroes and I feel so blessed to have both women in my life. Thank you for your encouragement, your kind words and special friendship.
Michelle Cooper - May 12th, 2017 at 8:18 AM
Thank you, Mitzi. We can learn so much from our mothers and other strong women God places in our lives! I truly appreciate your encouragement.
Mitzi - May 15th, 2017 at 7:42 AM
Thank you Michelle. I'm thankful for your friendship, support, and encouragement. Love the strong, courageous women in my life.

Melissa Gross - May 17th, 2017 at 2:30 PM
What a lovely tribute to these two women!!
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