Celebrating You On Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is an odd holiday,
isn’t it?
So many opportunities
for things to go wrong.

Vacuum cleaners and frying pan gifts aside,
women who have children eagerly wait by
mailboxes and
telephones and
on the edge of their seat
to see if anyone will acknowledge the day.

Women who are desperate for children
are expected to exuberantly celebrate those who do.

Women in the throws of child-rearing years –
the ones who could really benefit from a day off,
are the ones who work overtime
on Mother’s Day
to make sure their mother or
mother-in-law is recognized and honored.

Husbands who remember Mother’s Day
worry and fret about
what to do and how to do it.

Is a card enough?
How about chocolates?
Should there be flowers?

What about women whose mamas have died?
Mother’s Day dredges up lots of memories
with the realization there won’t be any new ones.

Women who aborted or adopted
often spend Mother’s Day lamenting
what could have been.

Mother’s Day can be a
tough day for many women.

On this Mother’s Day,
instead of letting
card companies,
old memories,
television commercials,
comparisons,
or regrets
define your day,
celebrate
who you are in Christ.

May I remind you that
before you were a mom,
before you wanted to be a mom
even before you had a mom,
God made you to be his child.

Not by chance
but by choice.
Eph. 1:4-5

Created in the likeness of
God Himself.
Gen. 1:26-27

The only authorized image he allows.
Ex. 20:4

Before you were called or commissioned,
before you were
given a ministry or a marriage,
in advance of every
good  or godly decision,
God blessed you.
Gen. 1:28

He calls you his masterpiece.
Eph. 2:10

He says you are loved
to the moon and back.
Ps. 103:11

He says you are forgiven and
can have a fresh start
a do-over
whenever you need it.
1 John 1:9

God says
you are sealed with his promise.
Eph. 1:13

He reminds you that are
created for a purpose.
Jer. 29:11

He says he is for you,
not against you.
Ps. 8:31

You are the
apple of his eye.
Zechariah 2:8

You a pearl of great price.
Matthew 13:45-46

This Mother’s Day,
I hope you get the Royal Treatment …
candy and flowers and foot rubs!

But even if nothing goes as expected,
don’t let the
door bell
or the mailbox
determine your value.

Let God do that.

To him,
you are all that and a bag of chips …
plus a brownie.

YOU ARE
Loved.
Accepted.
Forgiven.
Chosen.
Blessed.

“I have loved you, my (daughter), with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”

Jer. 31:3 NLT