My mom called me this week because she was in those moments of thinking about her grown children and missing them. She said, “I feel so lonesome and all I have is photos around the house. I look at the photos and really miss you.” I could hear it in her voice. I felt sad! I wished there was something I could do to fly my mom to me immediately. I was reminded in that moment how much I love my mom and how much I miss her. We chat and laughed and also had some tears of joy as mama said many words of blessings on me. In that moment, I thought about my children and how fast they are growing. I felt scared! “Soon I will be in my mother’s position!” I thought. My mother lives many miles away from me but I love her and miss her deeply because she was always close to her children growing her. Every day after work and every weekend was spent together as family. My parents made us their priority and that kept us very close as a family. I heard from my dad countless times the story of how he met my mom and never got tired of hearing it. As an adult, I love my parents deeply in spite of the distance. I make a point to see my parents and siblings as often as God enables me. What I would like to see happen is that my children will miss me when they are grown like I miss my parents and that they will want to see me as much as possible. The conversation with my mom this week left me in deep thought. What can I do with my children now?Children seem to be grown and gone before parents know it. Once they are grown, we can’t undo what we didn’t and can’t do what we didn’t do. The time is now when we can. Let’s make it a priority to spend a lot of time with our children. Let’s us make our children a priority because the 20 years we have them in our house will impact our relationship with them the remaining many years once they are grown and living their lives. “6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Ann Makena is a wife and a mother. Outside of home, she is an independent instruct through community education and mainly instructs of intercultural communications and relations, parenting among other personal growth subjects for adults. She is a co-host of a local TV show within twin cities metro area. Ann is an ordained pastor and teaches on spiritual growth and application of scriptures. She is an inspirational speaker. She is the founder of sister charitable organization in U.S. and in Kenya providing home for orphaned and abandoned children. She also advocates for those oppressed among other ministries. She is the author of “Become Whole, Unbreakable and Unstoppable” and “Knowing and Yielding to The Voice That Counts” She is a co-author of “Miracles Still Happen, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE-EXPLAIN ME” with her son Nate Munene (who was not expected to survive at birth has endured major medical complications and is thriving). Ann has found success in parenting in spite of dealing with severe medical conditions and believes trusting God and being intentional brings about success. Ann has M.A in Ministry leadership, M.A in Theological studies, B.A in Psychology-Counseling and B.A. in Divinity. She has C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education). She previously served as a full-time hospice chaplain for 10 years. She provided spiritual and emotional support for patients facing end of life diagnosis, along with their families as well as officiating funerals for some. "I have a heart for oppressed women and single mothers of the world. I enjoying spending time with family, reading, writing, quiet time, and gospel/inspirational music among other interests. I stand on, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths,” NKJV."