|Posted on May 14, 2019 at 1:05 PM|
Ahh Mother’s Day. It really is a beautiful day right? A day set aside to honor Motherhood and to acknowledge the hard work that we mothers do on a daily basis.
So, what do we do if Mother’s Day is hard to go through? What about the person like me who has lost a mother? What about the mother who has lost a child? What about the mother who has been trying to conceive to no avail? What about those with strained mother relationships? Truthfully Mother’s Day along with other Holidays can be difficult when your life has been with challenged in some way.
I woke up Sunday morning feeling kind of heavy. I embraced the moment (which is important) and then I began to talk to God about how I was feeling. I asked Him to help me make it through the day. I began to think about the amazing Mother I had. How she raised us, myself, my brother and sister, by herself after her divorce. I began to think about her strength- in the midst of heartache, family turning their backs on her, and so on. I remembered how she had to be at work at 5:30 in the morning and how I as the oldest child had to get my brother and sister up and ready for school. How she kept going- until the day she left this earth. I thought if I could be half of the woman she was I’d be doing alright.
I also thought about my late husband. He made Mother’s Day so special for me, always. He would have elaborate celebrations and he made sure my sons took care of me the entire day. I thought about how he acknowledged my hard work and the sacrifices he saw me make for our children. Needless to say, I miss his presence on Mother’s Day as well.
As I was sitting reminiscing about these two amazing people who have passed on and left me with these wonderful, love filled memories, I began to think about my two sons. How The Lord blessed me with them and how much joy they bring me (even when they get on my nerves). I reminded myself of how they were my motivation after my husband passed to keep going regardless of how I was feeling and despite my wanting to curl up in a corner and die. I told God how grateful I am for them and I thanked Him for blessing me with them.
I came across a verse the other day that says:
Isaiah 66:13: As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you;
WOW! I love how God sends His Word right when we need it! God is the ultimate comfort and He tells us that He will comfort us as a mother comforts her children. Now that’s some comforting because as mothers we don’t want to see our children hurting and we will do all we can to take away the pain. God wants to care for you in the same way. He will walk alongside you in the midst of your pain and He will comfort you. Take refuge in that and know that God sees, He cares, and He’s concerned about everything that concerns you.
Just so you know Mother’s Day turned out to be an okay day for me. After church we went to my sister’s house and my oldest cooked for us. My sister and I exchanged gifts and we received gifts from our children. We watched movies and enjoyed each others company. It turned out to be a good day.
I always say these are the cards that I have been dealt and it’s my job to play them well. I’m saying to you, on those special days, when the moments come- acknowledge them, embrace them and keep moving forward.