07 May 2014

How To Be Blessed On Mother’s Day {No Matter What}


Have you ever given someone a gift, only to be criticized for it? Have you ever been stressed out about what to get someone who never seems satisfied?

Or maybe the better question is…

Have you ever been critical of a gift you’ve received? Have you ever felt like you deserved something better or simply something more extravagant??  

With Mother’s day coming up, the expectations are mounting for mothers all across America. Will their husbands (and children) come through? Or will it be a huge let down… again?

More over, with the presence of social media in our lives, the prevailing thought becomes… “Will I have anything worthy to tweet, post, or share?”

Dear Mamas,

Let us not believe the world’s empty lies- that we are somehow self justified and that we deserve X,Y AND Z. Truth is, I am nothing without the Lord and anything good you see in me, is from Him. We are worthy, appreciated and honored because we serve and fear the Lord. Our eternal rewards are in heaven and until then, my “sacrifices” are really privileges here on earth. 

“No amount of pampering, attention, or spoiling can ultimately satisfy a heart that is seeking to be filled with what was not meant to satisfy. Expectations sprout from seeds of belief that we deserve more, better, or greater acknowledgement. Expectations stem from putting too much value on something or some circumstance that was never meant to deliver so much. Expectation is idolatry’s acceptable front-man.” ~Ruth Chou Simons

Until we set the idol of expectation straight in our hearts, we are doomed to years of disappointment. And sadly, we end up creating barriers with our loved ones. We end up missing the honor and blessing of being a mom altogether.

This Mother’s Day, with or without a lavish bouquet of flowers, a heart-felt love letter, or hand-stamped personalized jewelry, I pray our hearts are contented, grounded, and joyfilled in the One who delights in us and gives us our true worth.

“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ”Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” ~Proverbs 31: 25-31

Click here to read Ruth’s beautiful post on this very topic.

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