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Whether you’re a mother to one or ten children, the struggle of motherhood is real!
We hustle to get the kids out the door, earn a living (in or out of the home), try to get our time in with God, and the hubby. Then we’re ripping and running; picking up kids from here and there.
From one mother to another, we all need to be encouraged to remember our call and purpose to motherhood.
Think about this for a moment. God made you the mother of your child (ren). No other mother could have been chosen for YOUR child (ren).
God is looking to YOU to nurture, care for and tend to His children. Because the truth is, our children don’t belong to us. They belong to God.
When we recognize we were chosen to raise God’s children, according to His ways, it’s no longer a struggle, but rather a calling.
And it is this call to motherhood that is the catalyst to live a life of honor while raising our children.
As mothers, we are natural caretakers and we have a natural desire to please our family.
Sometimes we fall down that slippery slope of trying to be our children’s friends for the sake of gaining their trust, and respect.
However, God didn’t choose us to be their friend. He chose us to be their mother, so we can be an example of righteous living; that would be worthy of honor.
I know you might be thinking my children are too young to show appreciation for raising them in the way of the Lord. Well, let me remind you what Proverbs 31:28 says.
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
~ Proverbs 31:28 KJV
The word “arise” means to grow up, or mature. So within the context of the definition, this passage would read that as her children grow up and mature, they call her blessed.
In order for our children to honor and respect the way we have raised them, righteous living must begin with us.
You see, as we practice living a life of righteousness while raising our children, as they mature, they will reflect and appreciate the example we’ve set before them.
Whenever I find encouragement through scripture for myself, I ask the Holy Spirit to show me how I can share what God has given me to other mothers.
One of the ways I encourage other mothers is through greeting cards with words of encouragement.
I enjoy sending handwritten notes to family and friends throughout the year. Especially for Mother’s Day, because, it’s an opportunity to encourage a mother who may not hear she is appreciated often.
With today’s technology, has replaced face-to-face communication and even handwritten notes have become an obstacle.
However, when we take the time to encourage someone’s heart through an expression of words, the Bible likens it to apples of gold in settings of silver!
“A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
~ Proverbs 25:11 (AMPC)
In other words, words spoken at the right time, are priceless to one’s soul!
If this resonates with you, I encourage you to send Mother’s Day love notes. Reminding mothers that their steadfastness in raising God’s children for His glory, is appreciated!
If sending handwritten notes overwhelms you, here are few effective ways to send an encouraging word.
Letterhead: Use letterhead or note paper you may have at home. Don’t get caught up on what type of paper you have, because it’s not about the paper. It’s what’s written on the paper.
Blank Note Cards: Consider using blank note cards you may already have.
Mother’s Day Greeting Cards: Many people avoid greeting cards due to the cost, and postage. But you can easily pick some up at a great discount from the Dollar Store (2 fo$1).
eCards: If sending written notes just isn’t your thing, no worries you can use technology for the good. Instead of sending a text, consider sending an eCard.
Dayspring has a beautiful selection of FREE ecards for every occasion. You can check some of those out here.
This year I created bookmarks to include in greeting cards for family, friends and church leaders who are mothers. And yes, I’ve even made them available for you by filling out the form below.
White Card Stock
Hole Puncher (only if you want to include a ribbon)
Ribbon (I used a 3/8 inch ribbon and cut 6 inch pieces for each bookmark)
If you want to infuse your bookmark with an essential oil, simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a cotton ball (I like to use grapefruit). Then place the bookmark and a cotton ball inside a zip lock bag overnight.
In the morning, take the bookmark out and place inside a treat bag (I used a 9.75 inch x 2.25 inch treat bag found in most hobby or craft stores in the baking aisle) fold the bag over, and seal with a label. This helps the bookmarks stay infused until opened.
When mailing cards out I infused the bookmark the night before I mail them so that they arrive as fresh as possible.
Our children may not be able to articulate their appreciation while they are young. However, when we live a life of righteousness, as they mature, they will come to honor the example we have set before them.
Remember, we are raising not only God’s children, but future wives, mother, husbands and fathers.
So embrace your call to motherhood as a calling worthy of honor, because our children’s future depends on it.
~ Timberley Gray
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