It’s been a long time since we’ve had a giveaway. In honor of Mother’s Day, I will be giving away a $25 gift card for Sweetland Soaps. My sister’s company. Yes, I’m biased. But. The stuff really is spectacular! Totally handcrafted using goats milk from their own farm. Check them out! (for giveaway details see the end of this post)
When we were little, Mother’s Day was always a day for us to make mom breakfast in bed. 364 days of the year she was up before the rest of us. 1 day of the year she magically stayed in bed, allowing us the perfect opportunity to surprise her. Eggs scrambled a little too hard. Toast cold and a little on the burnt side. Glass of orange juice sticky from little hands doing the pouring. All arranged on a tray, maybe a little flower on the side, handmade cards telling her she was the best mom in the world.
To a child a mom is their world. She is the one. The only. The everything. The one who listens. The one who wipes. The one who fixes. The one who calls. The one who laughs. The one who plays. The one who is always there.
She is the one who walks into the room when they are sound asleep. And prays and pleads with God on their behalf. She is the one who behind the scenes is praising God for every aspect of their lives and boldly asking for more. More of His goodness sewn into their hearts. And yes, she even asks God to use them as mighty warriors for His kingdom, knowing full well what this may bring.
She is the one who stays up later than the rest. Making that costume into the wee hours. Washing that special shirt that must be worn the following day. Cleaning up the messes that are evidence of life lived fully. Making that home one that is warm and inviting, fresh for the next morning’s awakening. Putting her special touch on life. Little lunch notes, a special light she leaves on, a special candle she burns, a special place she sits. She is the one up before the rest. Meeting with God so she can be the mom they need. Preparing lunches. Preparing lesson plans. Preparing their hearts. Paving the way for a blessed day.
She is the administrator. The scheduler. The balancer of it all. Whether she works or stays home or does a little of both doesn’t matter. Because her heart is with her little ones and she does it all for them.
She is the one who pours out her heart so completely into those little ones for so many years that she can hardly envision a life that looks any different. And she is the one whose heart will be ripped open wide when she realizes she is no longer their everything.
Lord willing, the Lord will be their everything. They will look to Him to be their healer, their fixer, the lover of their soul. They will have been loved so well by that mama that they won’t need her to be their everything.
Her role will change but the memories will remain. Her legacy will live. The pouring out of love. It hurts. The pouring out of self. It’s hard. But that is exactly how God needs it to be. When that mama’s heart breaks, He will heal it. When that mama is lonely, He will comfort. When that mama needs someone to nurture, He will bring her the hurting and the needy. When she needs to put her special touch on life, He will bring Her the ones who need a special touch in their lives.
To the mamas whose babies are grown, you will always be a mama. Even when you don’t need to mama to your babies, God needs you to mama to His people. Keep pouring out for Him. And be thankful for how He has used your life to impact your children.
To the mamas in the trenches, this season….well, that is all it is. It’s a season. It will pass. So grasp every single second. Sniff their sweet cheeks every chance you get. Hold them when they are too big to hold. Pray your heart out for everything you can imagine.
And to the ones who desperately want to be a mama, and you wait. And your heart physically aches as you long to use the mama in your heart. That mama heart that God gave you. As you cry out to God asking for this blessing. Use that heart right now. Right where you are. Use that mama heart to love and nurture the ones God is putting in your path for this season. A mom is more than a position in the family. It’s a heart. A heart that loves. And there may just be someone who needs some of the heart that only you can give.
Happy Mother’s Day a little bit early.
*********Mother’s Day Giveaway**************
To enter: (one or all of the below. Each earns 1 chance to win)
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- Leave a comment-Anything you want to share about Mother’s Day, your mom, your kids, favorite memory. You get the picture.
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Entries must be in by Monday, May 6th 11:59 pm. Winner announced here on Tuesday, May 7th.