Mother’s Day


Today is Mother’s Day. It is a day that is made special by honoring those special women who have made life special to us. Some of those women have borne different titles in our lives. Some have had special nicknames. Some have, very readily, answered to some form of the name “Mother” in our lives. Whether they are the mother who gave us birth, the mother who gave us nurture, or just a mother figure to us, they are important. This is why it is important for us to stand up in honor of the mother (or mothers) in our lives.

Personally, I have known a variety of mothers in my life—from two grandmothers who taught me love, to some church mothers who helped my parents keep me on a track not only to salvation, but to striving for God’s best in my life. I honor some of those today: Mrs. Gertie, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Moore, and Mrs. Moore (yes, there have been three over the years), Momma Hedge, and Mrs. Kate, and I am sure to be leaving out an army.

I also wish, on this special day to honor my Mother. She not only gave me birth, and a name, but she taught me about Jesus and all that He had in store for me. She loved me even on my unlovable days, she gave me a love for learning and laughter. Thanks, Mom, you have always inspired me.

Finally, I would also like to honor the mother who stands in the gap for my children, caring and protecting them as they need, and helping them to become the best decision-makers that they can be. Thanks for the greater help you are to me than you could possibly know.

“Here children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also praises her.”   —Proverbs 31:28

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When people ask me who or what inspires me, some of my first thoughts turn to Mother. There is just something utterly inspiring about a mother. In general, many people are inspired by the thought of mothers, if not by an actual mother. Mothers are there from the very beginning of a person’s life. They are present at the birth, present for the nurturing, present for the good times, present for the bad.

Often, we have been inspired by a mother-figure. In the Christian life, we are inspired, encouraged, and challenged by the life of the little nun who was known as Mother Teresa for all of the good she did in life, for the Christ-like example she lived, and for her ever-present smile.

Personally, I have been inspired by my own mother repeatedly. It was my mother’s influence that led me to believe in Christ as a little child. It was her commitment that helped me stick with it many times when I wanted to give up. I have also been inspired by the mother of my children (I call her my Blushing Bride). She is the epitome of love and devotion. She hurts when our children hurt, she cries when they cry, she laughs when they laugh, and she even finds time to correct them when they get out of line.

What is the best way to honor these inspirational ladies today on Mother’s Day? Lend a hand to someone in need; tell a friend about Jesus; walk with Jesus and share the love.

Happy Mother’s Day!

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”  —Paul, 2 Timothy 1:5

Today is the day we have set aside in our culture to honor the one person in our lives that might be the most indispensable person we have ever known. As babies this person is more important than any other because she shows us nurture and care like none other—at least that’s how God designed things.

Personally, although my father was my pastor for as long as I could remember until I moved away to college (and even a few years after that), it was Mom who provided that gentle persuasion that ultimately led me to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Who among us can really be: caregiver, provider, manager, coach, teacher, guide and confidant all rolled into one. I would like to take this moment to thank my mom for being the godly example that she has always been for me. I’d like to thank my childrens’ mom for keeping our ship afloat. I’d like to honor all who are, have been, or will be called “Mom” today.

With all that Mom does and all the potential that is there, I think that it is no coincidence that in the English language “mom” upside down is “wow!”

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed.” (Proverbs 31:28a)