Our first gift on this day is that “Mother’s Day” is celebrated on a Sunday! A day we choose to try to rest in the Lord, to focus on Him, to be renewed and refreshed by His Spirit. I’m grateful to be empowered by the One, my God, who chose me to be the mother of two beautiful kids with 18 years between their births but a deep love for one another.
Being Mom is a complex calling…one of life’s highest honors yet in some moments it carries some of the heaviest responsibilities we face. I fail frequently. I start over daily.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.” Lam 3:22-23
I don’t know about you, but I long for my kids to fully experience all that God has for them. To not shy away from the challenges, learning that it is in those moments incredible, personal growth happens. Fully trusting the Lord desires the very best, His very best, for each of them. I want them to embrace the fullness of life the Lord has designed for them each step of the way.
I desire for my kids to BELIEVE…
in who they can become…
in what they can do…
in what they can overcome…
BECAUSE they are empowered by our Father.
“but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
It may seem like an odd thing to say, but I don’t want my children to simply be happy, I want them to become Holy.
To experience the rawness of life, to struggle, to fight for what’s of value, to persevere, to experience the fruit of hard work and an intentional prayer life, to learn to wait and sometimes even accept a ‘no’ as an answer to something they think they can’t live without.
I want them to experience victory, not because of anything I or their Dad has done, or anything they’ve accomplished within their own power. I want them to experience the victory of living a sold out, risk-taking, intentional, loving life simply to be used by Him for Kingdom purposes. I don’t want them to fear living counter-culturally because of what they might lose, but instead for what they will gain.
“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7
My kids call me Mom. They stole my heart. God knew what I needed.