Oh Man… it’s Mother’s Day

It’s that day. The day that is really great for some women and really craptastic for others. (Also, please note that when you type craptastic it auto corrects to capitalistic. I find joy in that.)

Maybe you are the mom who gets pampered. Whose children greet you with words of affirmation and arms full of potted plants and gift certificates for pedicures. Yet you feel ignored and unappreciated the other 364 days of the year.

Maybe you are the woman who is still hoping and waiting for a child to call you mom. Maybe your babies are in Heaven and today breaks your heart wide open.

Maybe you are the mom who won’t get on Facebook today because while everyone is getting celebrated you fixed breakfast for kids who didn’t even remember to say Happy Mother’s Day.

Maybe you are the mom whose child is still help captive by red tape and you spend countless sleepless nights hoping someone took the time to smile at them that day. You are praying that they had enough to eat, and hoping they are beginning to understand how much they are wanted.

Maybe you are the mom who is still learning to love a child who was a stranger just months ago. You feel tired, worn out and unworthy.

And maybe you are the mom who is having a perfect day today. You are prized by your family. (I am joyful for you!)

You might be one of these or several of these today. You might be something I forgot to mention even. So beautiful friend, let me propose a two-part challenge today.

1. Celebrate yourself and the women around you. Do not let bitterness take root. Find joy in the time at hand. Find joy in your service today. Remember that you are a treasured daughter of God. A princess. And heir to the throne. Your tasks and hardship and heartache here on Earth are not in vain. You are seen and loved.

2. Be kind. Don’t succumb to the temptation of disappointment. Hinging expectations on others is never a healthy way to live. Break free from that notion and find some freedom. Enjoy the day. If you have children, serve and teach them well today. Show them what joy in motherhood really means. I truly believe that joy is contagious. Share some today.

Happy DAY to each of you beauties.

About the author

Erica

Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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