Not only because Sunday May 9 is Mother’s Day, but also because I am writing a character in book #5 (no title yet!) that is a mother. Elena is one of those women who is completely devoted to her role in life – being a Mom. As one of her friends says about her, “A mother is all you ever wanted to be.”
I have often heard women say, “all I ever wanted to be is a mom.” Sometimes when this phrase is spoken it may not be thoughtfully considered. If by using the word “ALL” a person means they might be missing out on things the world has to offer – that they might be sacrificing worldly benefits to have children – then I say prayerfully consider what God’s will is for mothers. And refocus the lens to fully appreciate the value of the role. Here are just a few references from scripture:
Isaiah 66:13: “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.”
Proverbs 31:28–29: “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.’”
Psalm 139:13-14: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
Take a moment to think about motherhood – who among us can say that our mothers were not some of the most influential people in our lives, maybe the most influential? Hopefully, the influence was by and large positive, mothers are human after all and make mistakes.
But, if you have lost a mother whom you love or if you have lost a child and the opportunity to mother that child, you know what I mean by the depth of love God gives to mothers. If you have a mother who loves and supports you, unconditionally and sacrificially, you know what I mean.
Today, I am reminded myself, and would encourage you, to celebrate the gift God gives us in Mothers. Also, celebrate the honor you have been given if you are a Mother. In all things, celebrate the unending mercy, kindness and divine will of our heavenly Father!
Happy Mother’s Day!