When I mention Mother’s Day, what comes up for you?
I’m so happy for you if you are really celebrated, but many women are not.
Mother’s Day can be a tough day for many. Women who have children eagerly wait by mailboxes and telephones and on the edge of their seat to see if anyone will acknowledge their day.
Women who aborted or surrendered babies for adoption often spend Mother’s Day lamenting what could have been.
For women whose mamas have died or those who have crappy relationships with their moms, Mother’s Day dredges up lots of old memories that either hurt or cement the realization there won’t be any new ones.
There are women who are desperate for children, but have none. They are expected to put on brave smiles and 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 the shopping, meal prep, cleaning and decorating is done so their mother or mother-in-law can be recognized and honored.
Even husbands fret and worry about Mother’s Day. Is a card enough? How about chocolates? Should there be flowers?
Changing the narrative of Mother’s Day.
May I remind you that before there was Mother’s Day, there was a Father in Heaven who created you and celebrates you as his beloved child. On this Mother’s Day, instead of letting greeting card companies, old memories, television commercials, comparisons, or regrets define your day, celebrate who you are in Christ.
Created in the likeness of God Himself.
Not by chance but by choice.
The only authorized image bearer he allows.
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.
You are loved to the moon and back.
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.
He reminds you that are created for a purpose.
He says he is for you, not against you.
You are the apple of his eye.
You a pearl of great price.
The Royal Treatment
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 or the empty spare room determine your value.
Let God do that. To him, you are all that and a bag of chips … plus a brownie.
What kind of a day are you having today? I’d love to hear from you, leave a comment below and I’ll read every single one.
Scripture: See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1 NIV
Prayer: God, thank you for celebrating me everyday. I rest in your love and acceptance of me. Amen.