That holiday is approaching. You know, the one where our family bows at our feet, singing our praises for the sacrifices of
- laundry at midnight
- science projects aided
- homemade cookies baked for classroom parties
- wounds kissed and cleaned
- A patient, listening ear always ready to fix a relationship problem.
Okay, maybe not. In reality, likely not. Not if you still have children in your care. Not if you’re a single mom. Not if your husband is caught up in the pressures and stuff of life. But I’m not here today to shake my finger at them because it’s so easy to forget.
I admit forgetting, too. As a little girl, I was pretty much only focused on what my mom could and would do for me. Because she was so consistant, I came to expect a hearty meal every day at 5:00, clean clothes in my dresser, hugs when I was mistreated, and words of wisdom to guide my life. It wasn’t until I became a young adult that I realized how much was sacrificed in order for me to possess that kind of home environment. It was then that I really learned to say thank you to my loving mom. I began to comprehend how truly blessed I was. Every Mother’s Day since then, it’s been my goal to express to her how grateful I am today for all she was and still is.
So let me stop to say, Mom (Millie Ray), thank you for all you did to make home so special. Thank you for the meals you prepared that were both delicious and graciously served. Thank you for taking the effort to decorate our home and keep it clean, and also teach me how to do those household tasks. Thank you for sacrificing your own career so you could be home for us. Thank you for loving God and making sure I knew Him, too. And thank you for loving my dad and showing me that marriage was for keeps. I appreciated it as a child, but today I once again say thank you and I love you!
To all you readers who are moms, I say, enjoy Mother’s Day by not expecting anything from your family. Put your thoughts on your mom, or some other woman that the Lord has put in your life to encourage you, love you and support you. Be grateful for them. Do something to show your gratitude. Stop and thank the Lord for your children. Keep your focus on gratitude, rather than on your expectations. I learned this the hard way!
This is one holiday that makes me hurt for some dear women. To those of you who wish you were a mom and find pain on this day, I say I’m sorry, and even greater, God understands and sees your grief. Remember that He is a good, good Father, and don’t doubt His love because He has withheld this from you.
To those who didn’t have a loving mom, I say, God saw, God knows, and that is the reason we needed a Savior. He gave us His son so we could all understand the greatest kind of sacrificial love.
To those whose mom or child is in heaven, remember that we’ll be joining our loved ones sooner than we think, never to be separated again. I love to think about what my daughter, Ashley is enjoying in heaven at this very moment!
Let’s allow Mother’s Day to find us showing our families that our greatest desire is God’s, “Well Done,” and that the joy of His comfort is enough for every pain in our hearts. There are many coming behind us that need to learn from us that holidays are man-made, but the joy of being a Christlike woman is God-made! That’s a gift that only He can give us, and that is enough!
Find refreshment in Christ!