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Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day!




“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:14-15 KJV)

This Sunday, May 10, we celebrate Mother’s Day. Therefore, it is a great time to reflect on the special women (our mom and others) in our lives who nurtured us; perhaps, they still nurture us, even if from afar. There are so many different types of mothers: those who give birth to and raise their child/children, those who are brave and allow their child to be adopted, there are adoptive mothers, foster mothers, and spiritual mothers. So many different ways to be a mom to many—great is the impact of moms on the lives of those they nurture.

At the outset, I realize some reading this post will have had a challenging relationship with their mom, or perhaps a dear mom has passed away, or a mom is no longer mom due to a variety of health issues/dementia. My prayer for you is that you will experience God’s comforting, healing presence in the days ahead.

Likewise, some women reading this post will struggle due to their longing to be a mom. My heart goes out to you, so many of us with “mommy hearts” (this includes me) know we are to nurture another person. In my case, I have found contentment in being a nurturing presence in the lives of my friends.



In thinking about some of the ladies who have nurtured me spiritually I recall a couple of dear ladies from my earliest years—both were apart of my life due to Sunday school and church attendance.

Many times, if it were not for our mom we would not be in church. It seems spiritual nurture, many times, is dependent on mom. As a little girl, I attended Sunday school and church faithfully, thanks to my mother. In fact, some of my earliest memories are of church and Sunday school.

Particularly, during the early years (pre-school-second grade), two ladies—Ruby and Clara—taught my peers and me a lot about Jesus and His love for us.   

For many of us, Sunday school and Vacation Bible school teachers have a huge impact on us and how we grew in our faith. What sort of impact did your Sunday school and Vacation Bible school teachers have on you?

How have you been nurtured by your mom or your spiritual mothers (teachers, aunts, cousins, friends of the family)?

How can you nurture someone in need? Look at how Paul encouraged Timothy regarding his faith that he learned from Lois and Eunice (his grandmother and mother) (2 Timothy 1:5). 

Therefore, in reflecting on this special day let us think about everything that moms do for their off-spring (this includes spiritual moms too!).

Moms do a lot for us.

They care for us when we are ill.

They comfort us after bad dreams.   

They encourage us on difficult days.



It is clear that moms everywhere deserve this special day of remembrance.

How can we thank our moms (birth and spiritual) at this special time?

Please join with me in prayer:

Dear Lord of All, thank You for our mothers who gave us life and nurture. Thank you for the spiritual mothers in our lives who taught us about Jesus and His love for us and who influenced our growth in the faith. For those who long to be a mommy grant them a special sense of Your comforting presence. Bless our mothers today and always.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

From My Heart to Yours,

Kim


Happy Mother’s Day!!


5 comments:

  1. Beautiful reflection and prayer, Kim! Mothers of all types do so much to nurture us as we grow. I'm so glad you included more than just biological moms!
    Blessings!

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    1. Martha, thank you so much for your kind words. As I was writing this tribute, I knew that I needed to include more than just biological moms! Nearly every woman has a "mommy heart"--that should be acknowledged.

      Love and blessings!

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  2. Hi Kim! Happy Mother's Day to you, and thank you for this review of all the kinds of mothers we have in our lives. My mom had a huge influence on my faith. We all went to Catholic Schools, attended church and volunteered at our church too. I wouldn't be where I am today without her.

    I was just thinking about our foster children today. We had several long term placements and quite a few 'in and out'. It was a fun time in our lives. Thanks for including that in your post.
    Blessings :)
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil! Thank you for the Mother's Day greeting! I appreciate your reading and commenting. It does indeed sound like your mom had a huge influence on your faith--it really is life changing.

      As I composed this post, I truly wanted to cover all the different types of moms that are out there. Foster care seems to have many rewards for the right type of family.

      Blessings to you!

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    2. Hi Ceil! Thank you for the Mother's Day greeting! I appreciate your reading and commenting. It does indeed sound like your mom had a huge influence on your faith--it really is life changing.

      As I composed this post, I truly wanted to cover all the different types of moms that are out there. Foster care seems to have many rewards for the right type of family.

      Blessings to you!

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