Mother’s Day.

For many I know, it’s a day they would rather ignore or skip.
Reasons include a deceased mother, a bad relationship with their mom, not being a mom yet themselves despite a strong desire to parent, a child who has died, lack of appreciation from their husband or children…and many others.
All of those reasons are understandable, but God wants to heal those hearts. As it says in Psalm 147:3,
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
If Mother’s Day is hard for you, give your heart to the God who heals us. Let Him pour out the comfort, encouragement, and peace that you long for, for He is more than able.
In Psalm 147:6 we are reminded that,
The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.
And verse 11 says,
The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Zephaniah 3 speaks of the restoration of Israel’s remnant.
Restoration. It truly is God’s desire and plan for all of us.
The verse that speaks to my heart the loudest is 17:
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
The Lord saves, delights, loves, rejoices, sings. What joy that brings to my heart!
Maybe you’re fine with Mother’s Day. But your husband isn’t…
Maybe he needs a little “mothering” from you.
Don’t resent it.
Embrace it. You have the opportunity to give him a precious gift:
You have a chance to be used to achieve God’s purposes of healing the brokenhearted and binding up their wounds.
The world would say that you should tell that man that you’re not his mother!
But God needs us to be available to be vessels of healing…and to nurture our husbands in large and small ways.
That requires us to put aside our “rights” or sense of entitlement and LOVE unconditionally.
That requires us to see our husbands through God’s eyes and take great delight in our husbands despite their flaws, faults, and shortcomings.
That kind of love is TRUE LOVE.
And it’s oh, so good.
Rejoicing in His goodness and power,
And one more thing…my mom has modeled these principles throughout my life…and I’m so blessed to have a front-row seat to see all that God is doing through her as she works to heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds through her career as a children and family therapist.