It’s the day before Mother’s Day, and I just returned home after an outing with my family. We walked through a craft fair and visited a museum. Afterward, we picked up Mexican food and had a picnic in the nearby National Forest. I grabbed the litter that I could (Why do people litter in a National Forest??) before we headed home. While it was a joy to be out with my family, I’m so glad to be home!
And now, I’m curled up on my couch and I wanted to spend a few minutes with you, sweet reader. While Mother’s Day can be a fun holiday to celebrate, I know it can be painful for those who have lost children, or who possibly have estranged children. It can also be hard for those of you who desperately want children, but do not have them.
I would like to encourage you to not let a somewhat “Hallmark” holiday steal your joy in the Lord! While it is nice to feel appreciated by our children, we need to remember that whatever happens (or doesn’t) one day out of the year does not define you or your mothering abilities.
The Lord sees us, and knows our hearts. What we do each and every day is what matters, friends. As women, we all have been given a mothering instinct. Even if we do not physically have children, we can use it!
I think one of the best attributes of women is our ability to nurture. We have been given an innate desire to help others…and may I say, nurture children in general.
We shouldn’t let our culture strip us of this. We are told that we are to be strong, bold, and loud. No matter if we have children or not. We should leave them and let others raise them for us. And women who do not have children are not beholden to them.
No! We should not believe these lies. Even if we do not have children of our own, cultivating a life of quietness, meekness, and nurture is very important in the eyes of God. We should look around and see what we can do to teach the young ones around us to love and serve the Lord. We should try to be an example to them in our lost and confused world.
I’ve found that one of the most fulfilling things in the world is to pour into the lives of little ones. I really think this is one of the tasks we were made for.
And as a mama, I appreciate you! I notice when a woman who loves and serves the Lord is around my children while we are out and about. Thank you! Women like you are truly hard to come by, and you offer a glimpse of light to our tragic culture.
Whether you have children or not, you are making a difference!
May you have a blessed Mother’s Day, friends. I hope you are encouraged today to live for the Lord with all of your heart.
May you find a multitude of simple and beautiful blessings right in front of you. May you see your worth as a nurturing woman.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
I hung this Scripture up in my bathroom after I suffered a miscarriage several years ago. I knew that in the midst of my suffering, the Lord was near. Despite my feelings of sadness, I knew that with His help I needed to push through and continue to nurture the ones I love. I dedicated my life to Him, and he was so gracious to help me.
When we dedicate our lives to God, amazing things begin to happen. I hope your life is filled to overflowing, now and always.
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