My mother has been with Jesus for more than 12 years. Time definitely has eased the pain of separation, but time has also faded my memories. Circumstances in my life cause me to think about her a lot, to miss her, and to reflect on what a blessing she was to me.
This Mother’s Day, in addition to celebrating our mothers who are with us, I want to remind all of us to take the time to remember our mothers (and grandmothers) who dwell only in our hearts.
Let Us Remember
I often write about the importance of remembering God — remembering who He is, what He has done for us, and who we are in Christ. Mother’s Day is a special day set apart for remembering our mothers and for calling to mind all that they have done for us, all that they mean to us, and who we are because of them.
Our mothers were an instrument in God’s hand to bring us into this world. God knit us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) and He placed us into her arms at birth. What a joy and blessing it is for a mother to cradle her newborn child for the first time at birth and then to hold her child’s hand throughout life.
That’s how God intended it to be. Mothers (and fathers, too) are a gift from God, to the child, just as much as a child is a gift from God given to the mother and father. There is a bond in the parent/child relationship that should never be broken. Just as God loves us and gave us spiritual birth, we should honor and love the one who gave us physical birth.
A Mother’s Love
The undying love of one’s mother is best understood when a daughter becomes a mother herself. Now please don’t misunderstand me. Both childless woman and men can understand a mother’s love from the love they have received from their own mother. But when a woman becomes a mother and experiences her love for her own child, a deeper understanding of her mother’s love blooms
The love of a mother for her child is the closest thing to the love of God for mankind and especially His love for His children. From the time of conception, there is a oneness between mother and child that is sacred in God’s eyes. It is a unity that God intends to last until they are separated by death. Sadly, not all mother and child relationships weather the storms of this life and many are broken. Broken relationships grieve the heart of God and every effort should be made to bring about reconciliation and restoration in family relationships.
God’s Prescription for Mother’s Day
Remembering our mothers is important and how we remember them is crucial to a loving relationship. We are told to take every thought captive for Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:5), which tells us that how we remember is an active and willful choice and God expects us to exercise a thought life that glorifies Jesus. How we remember will influence our thoughts, words, and actions and will direct the relationships in our lives.
There’s no perfect mother and there’s no perfect child. All relationships need good forgivers, ready to give grace to each other. As Christians, we are to love without conditions and with a heart of unselfish desire. We are to give all that we have because, in Christ, we already have all that we need.
There’s a saying that our “glass” is either “half-empty” or “half-full.” This is meant to illustrate how we choose to live. Do we remember what we should forget? And forget what we should remember? We know that in God’s grace our sins are cast into the sea of His forgotten memory….never to be remembered or charged against us. We are to do the same. We are not to keep a record of wrongs (1 Cor 13:5), but rather to love with the sacrificial love that reflects that of Jesus (2 Tim 1:17, 2 Cor 3:18).
When we start by taking our thoughts captive for Jesus (2 Cor 10:5) and remembering the love of God and all He has given us, then we can easily choose to remember the wonderful memories that positively influence, grow and direct our lives, and we can forget the events that were less than edifying (1 Cor 13:5d). When we do that we live with a “glass” that is more than “half-full” and we find satisfaction in what God has done, and what He is doing in our lives, rather than having a “half-empty glass” that will leave us wanting, striving, and disappointed.
If, like me, your mother has passed on from this life, make Mother’s Day a special day to remember her. Keep the memories of her alive in your heart.
If you still have your mother, give thanks for her presence in your life. Make Mother’s Day a grace-filled day of letting go of life’s little issues and take captive every warm and wonderful memory of mom. Hide those memories in your heart. One day memories will be all you have…and they will be sufficient to fill your glass to overflowing on Mother’s Day.
Honor God by honoring your mother, in your mind and with your actions, and the love that God has given you will pour forth in love for others.
Now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Remembering M- O – T – H – E – R, by Shari Abbott
M reminds me of her Marvelous love
O reminds me I have One mother
T reminds me of her Tender care
H reminds me of her Heart of gold
E reminds me of her Endless service
R reminds me to Remember her…
not only on Mother’s Day,
but every day throughout the year.
On this Mother’s Day, whether your mother is by your side or far away, still on earth on passed into eternity, watch this short video and give thanks to God for the gift of her life and the life He has given you through her. Watch now!
My darling daughter sent this to me last year.
Text this to your mom.
And be sure to include:
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- A Tribute to Mother from the Bible
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- God Chose You To Be Their Mother
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- How Can We Understand God’s Love? (A Must See Video)
- Mothers Are A Gift From God
- Mothers Day Pop Up Card
- Thank You Mom
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