I wasn’t home with my children for Mother’s Day, but I spent the day so thankful that my children were home. During my time at work in the NICU today, my heart went out to the mamas who had their babies in the hospital. Some situations are heartbreaking . While we see many happy endings, there are still those that are extremely sad. These times adjust my focus. I become focused on the simplicity of my life. My children walk and run and play without a thought in the world. They are healthy and active; they are happy and even mischievous. They throw their arms around my neck so tightly and say, “I love you, Mama!” I don’t want to take it for granted, because so many moms would give anything and everything for those invaluable gifts.
My thoughts encompass those daughters who live without their mothers. So many have to say “goodbye” too soon. Some lose their mom during that season of life when their children are small. Some women don’t have their mother when they’re getting married, and some even experience that void before they ever graduate from high school.
Today, I offer up my thankfulness for my children and for my mom. What I pass on to my children has been planted into me. My mom, who taught me to choose my friends wisely; and that although I may not be friends with everyone, that I could be friendly to everyone. She demonstrated to me how wonderful it feels to make others feel wonderful. She spoke those words, “pretty is as pretty does,” and “beauty comes from the inside.”
What would I do without my Mom? Funny to say, but I know. I’d continue to strive and be the kind of mom to my kids that my Mom was and is to me. I’d display strength beyond measure as she displayed to me. I’d live my faith in God, and not just speak it, as was her example before me.
It’s true that every day is a gift. If you were able to wish your Mom a Happy Mother’s Day, or if your children were able to wish you one, consider it a gift. These moments we spend together are precious and they can never be recovered. Soak it up and pray for those who can’t.
And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. I Thessalonians 3:12 (NLT)
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