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Happy Mother’s Day

I live in the best of both worlds, as far as mothers are concerned.  I can truthfully and honestly say that I have the best mother in the world, and I’m married to the most wonderful woman who has proven to be a fantastic mother for my own children.

I’m sure that many look back on rosy memories of their own mothers, overlooking the mistakes and faults that they grew up seeing.  I, on the other hand, had a real saint of a mother.  My mother arose early to read her Bible in the morning, always packed up great lunches for school, as kids she gave us freedom to run all around our neighborhood, yet she protected us from things that would hurt us.  She always forgave us when we messed up, and turned everything…everyday into something fun.  I’m not lying when I say that my mother rarely ever raised her voice at us in my entire childhood.  I have memories of my mom taking us to swimming pools, playing with us at parks, running garage sales to save money for vacations, and always involving us in whatever was happening in her life at any given time.  When I think of a servant, I can’t help but think of my own mother.

My wife could not be more different from my own mother, yet she stands on her own as a fantastic mother.  Starr is the “cool mom”, but not because she let’s kids get away with murder.  She’s cool because she can turn anything into something fun and exciting.  Whether it’s making biscuit pizzas, helping me dunk my kids into cold water, making super-girl capes, or letting our boys jump off the top of a playhouse into 2 inches of water…she’s super awesome!  Her boys know that she will always stop everything to go jump on the trampoline, and her daughter will always have her attention when a favorite song comes on the radio.

I’m fortunate, lucky, blessed, or any other adjective you’d like to add.  Happy Mothers’ Day to my mom and my wife!  Two of the best that have ever been!

And now a little Mother’s Day humor…

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Starr · May 8, 2010

    Thanks babe! You always make Mother’s Day special.

  2. Susan Cliff · May 8, 2010

    Wow, thanks Jonathan. You made me feel so special. Having 4 great kids makes “Mommy” stuff fun. Starr is a great Mom for my grandchildren. I love her insight. I am so blessed! Mom