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Friday, May 12, 2017
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)
*Note: I shared
this post in 2015 and 2016—the message is still timely, in my opinion. I have edited it slightly for this year.
This Sunday, May 14, 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 and/or 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
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 through 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) (see
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 do a lot for us.
They care for us when we are ill.
They comfort us after bad
They encourage us on difficult
It is clear that moms everywhere deserve this special day of
How can we thank our moms (birth and spiritual) at this
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 and faithfully prayed for us—giving us
encouragement at just the right time. 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, we pray. Amen.