For those of us in the United States, Mother’s Day is almost here… THANK GOD.
After all the hours we’ve put into wiping noses, butts and tears (our childrens’ and our own), it’s finally time for our family to give us some recognition, showing us (and everyone else, OBVIOUSLY) how much they appreciate us.
Thank God the stores, commercials, and emails understand the importance of this day and have been relentlessly reminding me… as a mother… to make sure I get treated as I should on this one day reserved for just for me.
How thoughtful of them to protect our rights by securing a whole day of well deserved day of pampering from those who serve so selflessly 364 days of the year… as mothers.
Yes… that’s why I signed up for motherhood… the promise of Mother’s Day praise, flowers, gifts, and breakfast in bed… because without that, what’s the point? Where could a mother’s worth possibly come from without all the recognition, praise, or success of her children?
No wonder we crave to be praised… desire to be recognized… and feel we deserve something more as mothers… we’ve forgotten the gift we already hold.
Lost somewhere in all the advertising, feelings of selfishness, guilt, and competition for the most-put-together-mom-of well-behaved children, we started focusing on what we should get as mothers, instead of thinking about what we’ve already received because we are…
There are women who have been trying for years to become a mother… not every woman hears the word, “momma”.
There are women who have had more miscarriages than most have children… not every woman holds a baby in their arms.
There are women who have been waiting for years for another woman to choose her to be a mother… not every woman becomes a mother in only 9 short months.
There are women who are searching for their missing child… not every mother will get to eat supper as a complete family tonight.
There are women who are sitting next to the hospital bed their child is in… not every mother has a healthy child.
There are women who have experienced a loss like no other… not every mother outlives her child.
THE GIFT OF MOTHERHOOD
What would happen if Mother’s Day became a day where mothers soaked in the gift they’d already been given, praised their children for who they are, and thanked them because they are a mother? What if, instead of feeling we deserved more, we changed our mind… and hearts, and realized how lucky we really are?
Not everyone can celebrate Mother’s Day… so if you’re a mom, the next time you’re feeling under-appreciated, think of those who would trade places with you in a second and remember when you start feeling like you deserve something… motherhood is the gift.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days all over the world. This Mother’s Day (whenever it is where you live), throw a party for your children to thank them for making you a mother.
- Decorate with streamers and balloons and eat cake for breakfast!
- Write each child a letter telling them what you’ve learned from them as a mom, and how great you think they are.
Thank God for giving you the gift of motherhood, and pray for all the women struggling on Mother’s Day. If you know someone who is hurting, ask them out for coffee or take them out for a special dinner.
May God bless all of you mothers this Mother’s Day… but don’t forget; if you’re a mother, He already has.