Mother’s Day is more than a just a day for cards, chocolates, cakes, and flowers. Mother’s day is a time to reflect not only on my own motherhood, but a special time to remember my own mother and the abundant grace of God. Mother’s Day has taken on several different meanings, especially since the passing of my own mother. I think of my mother all the time! When the seasons change, when I see a neighbor with a beautiful front yard, when my little princess shows so much potential for gymnastics or dance. When I wear a beautiful maxi dress, remembering how much my mother loved to wear long summer dresses. I finally think about my mother’s love of beautiful life experiences and the simple things that filled her life and gave her so much joy, and underneath it all she carried so much heartache and pain in her life. Bu if you were to ask her about her day she would always respond by saying “I am Blessed.” My desire is to honor my mother’s memory on Mother’s Day.
The only way that I know how to do that is by being the best mother that I can be to my children each and everyday. I am not striving for perfection only progress in life. I want my children to see, feel, and cherish the true innate beauty of God’s greatest works. I truly believe that is what my mother would want me to do to honor her memory.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.Proverbs 31:25-30. When I came across this scripture strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. I smiled. It is so fitting to describe my mother. As I take the time to truly reflect on all the things that she poured into me as a young woman moving into adulthood. I think that some of the things that I never tried just out of pure fear of disappointing my mother.
I am forever grateful for her guidance and protection over my life. I am beyond thankful that she kept her prayer closet open, and continued to make God the forefront of not only her life but all of her children’s lives. I think that the most valuable gift that I received from my mother is the gift of God and HIS beloved son Jesus. What would my life be like if I didn’t know God? Where would I be today? Where would my family be?
Yes, holding on to unbreakable faith is not an easy job at all, but my mother made it look very easy! Through everything in her life, she never gave up on God and God never gave up on her. That is the true meaning of Mother’s Day! And if I have the courage to hold on to my faith and honor my mother I should. This is the greatest gift and the best blessing that I could give in return to my children.
Children are God’s love-gift; they are heaven’s generous reward. Psalm 127-3.