NOTE: This post originally appeared in 2009 on our blog. Our readership, thankfully, has grown a great deal since then, so I wanted to repost it leading up to Mother’s Day. My mom is not traveling to the Grand Canyon this week as she was in 2009, but other than that, I think this post is still timely. I hope you enjoy it! –Adam
With this week leading up to Mother’s Day, there are all types of tributes to mothers on blogs and websites. My mom is getting to travel to the Grand Canyon (she should get to see it today) with dad and will be gone through next week. I’m thankful she (and he) is getting a well-deserved vacation.
However, many ladies go unnoticed on Mother’s Day. So, for you ladies…
1. Here’s a tribute to young ladies who are growing in faith to the Lord. Young ladies in our world are rare. There are plenty of girls, but few ladies. I’m so proud of young ladies who serve and put God first, whether at school, in the home, or anywhere else they go. While they aren’t mothers yet, if God blesses them with children one day, they are going to be fantastic mothers!
2. Here’s a tribute to single ladies who have decided not to marry or are waiting to do so. I’m sorry that our society tries to “find you a match” from middle school on. You have a right to wait and find the man God has in mind for you. You also have a right to never marry and use your life in total service to the Lord. In the “church world,” singles are often left out. Please know that you and your talents are vital pieces of the congregation where you serve. You have time and energy that can greatly influence the world for good.
3. Here’s a tribute to married ladies who have yet to have children. We used to celebrate “wife’s day” on Mother’s Day because Leah is that special. While you may not have children, you are still of supreme importance! You provide talents and information to the church and to your home that are unmatched. Love your husband and support him. Don’t think about what you don’t have; enjoy what you do have.
4. Here’s a tribute those told you will never have children. Some simply aren’t able to conceive. While that greatly hurts, don’t dwell on it. Having children is NOT what makes you a woman! Your Godly service and loyal life are what make you a lady, and that’s what matters. If you never have children but love them, find a way to serve children lovingly and steer them toward heaven. Help with summer camps and Bible school programs. Always volunteer for Vacation Bible Schools or mission trips to help children.
5. Here’s a tribute to moms who have lost children. You may not have your child anymore, but you are still “mom.” Whether you lost that treasure in the womb or after many years of his or her life, you gave so much of yourself to him or her. Those of us who say we understand are not telling the truth. We don’t know what it’s like, but we pray for you and hope you know we’re here for you. Honor his or her memory by helping a child today, and be proud of the “mommy-ing” you did on Mother’s Day.
6. Here’s a tribute to moms separated from children. Maybe you are at fault for the separation, or maybe it was just a strange set of circumstances. While you may not have the level of influence over that child you used to, you can still pray for him or her. Do whatever you can to bring that child closer to the Lord. Bring his or her name constantly before God’s throne.
7. Finally, here’s a tribute to those who are moms…who have lost their mothers. You lost your mentor in motherhood. You are still raising children (or have grown children you still love and cherish), but your model is no longer here. Honor that loving mother by loving your children. Follow the good examples she left, and learn from her mistakes.
Mother’s Day is so special, but I’m thankful for all Christian ladies. You have so much to give, and we pray for your insight, service, and talent. Thank you for all you do.