Today is the day we celebrate the mothers in our lives. Whether you are a mother or have a mother, it is indeed a wonderful day. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such a great cloud of mothers in my life! At church, in our homeschool group, friends, my mother, mother-in-law, and 2 grandmothers, 1 from each side. 

I first want to acknowledge my mom for all of the hard work that she has done in the last 28 years of being a mother. She worked and homeschooled us, poured into our lives daily from God’s word, prayed with us, played with us, loved us, cared for us – and is now doing the same with my own children. I love you mom and will never forget the sacrifices you’ve made for me and make for our family! 

(photo courtesy of Shelley K Photography)

I also want to thank my mother-in-law for her encouragement and for raising such a godly young man in her son, my husband. All of the love and prayer you have poured into him has paid off! Thank you for your love and encouragement now, your care and taking the time to do so much with our children. We love you!

I am also thankful for the two grandmothers we have still living – 
My Oma on my mom’s side…
…and Tim’s grandma on his dad’s side.
We are so blessed to be able to spend a lot of time with both of them! My dad’s mom passed away when he was in his twenties, and Tim’s mom’s mom (Grandma H) just passed away this past January. Over the past few years we have come to appreciate our grandmothers so much more than ever before as we see the love that they have for us and our children. Thank you Grandma M and Oma for your love and care! 

I was reading in Hebrews 5 this morning, and this passage struck me a little differently than you would think. Verse 1 and 2 say:
“For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.”

As a mother, I (and my husband) am the mediator for our children, a type of “high priest”, (though I hesitate to use those words). What I mean is, I (and hubby) have been appointed by God on behalf of our children to offer sacrifices of prayer for them and to lead and guide them to a place of accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Our “job” is to be their high priest before God – to earnestly pray for their salvation and their hearts to be turned toward him. To lead them in the paths of righteousness by our example and God’s word. To deal gently with them because they are ignorant and wayward and do not know the truth nor have yet the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

This part especially convicted me because it is easy to quickly become frustrated when your children are not cooperating, following instructions, being obedient, etc. I am to deal gently with them because I TOO am full of weakness.

I pray you all have a blessed Mother’s Day and remember, even on the days when it doesn’t feel like your children appreciate you, King Solomon’s words in Proverbs 31:28-29:
“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'”

Happy Mother’s Day from me to you :0)
(photo courtesy of Shelley K Photography