On Mother’s Day, the focus is always on the mom. Commercials advertise flowers, chocolates,homemaking tools, and other things that the mother needs or wants. Mothers get accolades, phone calls, and gifts from the ones they love. They’re herald as superwoman, strong, and resourceful.But as important as mothers are that is not my focus in this post. Instead, I want to focus on the children. The reason there is a Mother’s Day.
Without children the title of mother would not exist. It is the children that inspire us (all women) to mother. To nourish, cherish, and love with our whole heart. To put someone’s needs above our own. To encourage and act in the patience that only mothers have. It is the presence of children that gift us the title of mother, mom, mommy. Whether we are birthmothers, adoptive mothers, step mothers, mentor mothers is of no consequence. All the child cares about is the love and affection they receive.
Psalm 127:3 tells us that “children are a heritage of the Lord” (KJV) or as The Message translates, “God’s best gift.” Being a mother is a gift from God. A blessing. Having the responsibility over a little one is no small feat. It can be daunting, stressful, and full of heartache. But one smile, one hug, one compliment from a child and all the negatives fade away. All you can see is your heart connect to theirs.
It’s in those moments that we are offered a smidgen of feeling that God must feel for us. We understand the sacrifices He has made. The grace and forgiveness He offers because we are willing to do the same for our children.
So this Mother’s day, please take a time to love on the children who make this day possible. And whether you’re a birth mother, adoptive mother, step mother, guardian, or mentor I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where they are raising their two boys.
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