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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Some thoughts on Mother’s Day

Though not all of us women are mothers, we all do have one.  Some are blessed to still have theirs in their life and this day is one in which they are reminded to acknowledge all that their mother has done for them.  Some do not have their mothers in their life, be it separated by death or by choice.  These women may feel orphaned and alone on days like this but I am thankful that there is a God who wants to adopt us and be a comfort especially to the mother and fatherless (Ephesians 1:5; Psalm 68: 5-6).

Though not all of us are mothers, it’s not always by choice.  My heart breaks for the women that have tried time and time again to bear a child.  It pains me to know that while some women consider having a baby an unnecessary burden and give their child up, there are countless others that would pay money to have a child of their own but have not.  Or maybe you were blessed to keep your child for an extended period of time but where taken aback by their sudden and premature death.  To these women, I send prayers for comfort and peace on this day.  I pray that God gives you grace unspeakable to get through this day with dignity and the hope that God has a plan for you and your life even if it hasn’t panned out the way you dreamed.

Though some of us are mothers, I imagine it’s not always easy.  As some see their children prosper and make them proud, others are discouraged by the rebellion and direction in which their children head.  For these mothers, I pray for strength today and I pray that your son or daughter will find their way home.

Though some of us don’t have mothers, to call and cherish as our own, I encourage you to seek out women who would pour into your life…who will answer the simple questions like how to fold laundry but also walk you through the harder journeys of life.  Who will be a shoulder to cry on or a wise word well said…..who will not aim to replace or diminish your mother but be a good friend to you instead.  I know the search won’t be easy and I realize the walls may be high but I encourage you to give them a chance because you’ll never know unless you try.  Try to let someone in, refuse to battle alone, because God never meant for us to do it all on our own. 

And now to all the Mothers who happen to be reading this note…..I’m thankful for you.  I am thankful for all the love, health and energy you literally pour out into those whom you have been blessed with.  Your impact in your child’s life is immeasurable.  You were vital to your child’s existence at birth and you are vital as you continue to bring joy, life and light to that child throughout their lives.  Do not underestimate your position in society……you are the mother of what will become our future.  I implore you to continue to teach them and point them to Christ (Ephesians 6:4) and even once they have left the nest, pray earnestly for them to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

And lastly, to all the mothers and non-mothers out there.  I am almost positive that each of us has a sphere of influence into which God has placed us.  For me as a teacher, it is my students but it could be the patients of a nurse/doctor, co-workers at Mickey D’s, or a cabin full of campers.  Whatever our sphere of influence is, let today be a reminder, encouragement, and challenge to continually seek to make a difference in the lives around us and pour into others, especially in those younger than us.  Who knows….that young person could be looking to you for their model.  Be wise and be faithful in the role God has given you to play.  Be encouraged…..nothing is in vain (Philippians 2: 14-18). 

Happy Mother’s Day

Until next time,
In Christ,
Joy Lynn

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