Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day - The Rest of the Year...

Happy Mother's Day!  What a wonderful time when we can celebrate the influence and love of mothers.  What a wonderful day to bask in the blessings of being a mother!  Amidst the gifts, love and appreciation shown, may we always look to the Lord for His gift of our children and His continual grace to be a mother.

As a new week begins and until next Mother's Day, we are back to the grind, serving, working, training, teaching, guiding, comforting and caring for our children.  May we purpose to keep on in this high and holy calling.  God matches explicitly each mother and child.  We are designed to be exactly what our child needs to teach, train and nurture them.  This responsibilty is great and at times, almost overwhelming.  When we think of the influence we hold as our children watch our lives, hear our words and receive our actions, we are shaping the future.  This is not a job for the fainthearted!

Now, we are not lacking in guidance and direction.  God's Word carries powerful examples and guidance for women and mothers.  Reading Proverbs 31 usually sparks a desire to do better in many areas, but also can show clearly some areas that may be a little weak!  What is a way to continually grow and be better?  Step by step.  Moment by moment. Practice, practice, practice!!

I read this great idea for Mother's Day, but plan to put it to use for every other day!!  Those qualities that are desired can be labeled and placed on a little strip of paper.  Some basic qualities are:
  • meek
  • gentle
  • compassionate
  • humble
  • selfless
  • strong
  • honest
  • diligent
  • vigilant
  • hardworking
  • perserverant
  • loving
  • joyful
  • prayerful
  • dedicated
Perhaps you'd like to add these words to some tiny strips of paper. Glue the labels to some lovely glass stones (like the kind you put in a fish tank) and place the stones in a small jar...you can decorate the lid with fabric and a pretty bow. Each day, draw out a stone and set in on a counter top or desk as your "meditation reminder" for the day. Pondering the virtue on the stone as you go about teaching your children and caring for your home and family, will help you  begin to practice these traits and develop them within your character.  This is a Mother's Day gift from you to your family, which will not only bless them, but leave a legacy of character and instilll qualities as they watch them come alive in mom's heart. 



 

2 comments:

  1. What a sweet idea! I have one to add to the list, but I'm not sure how to put it? What is the opposite of "not crabby"? :) I'd have to add that one for me.

    Happy Mother's Day to an inspiring Mom!

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