As I ponder the upcoming weekend and the annual celebration of mothers, I can’t help but think of all the women in the world, and what precisely this day brings and means for them. A few of us share the honor with our own moms. Like they once did, we open hand-made treasures created by little hands, feeling a sentimental ache in our chest as we look at bright, expectant eyes and recognize they are the ones needing praise for a job well done more than we do. Later in the afternoon, we pick up the phone to call our own moms to make sure they received the card we all signed. Am I the only one who feels a little nostalgic at the sound of her voice, and easily recall the smell of her perfume from hundreds of filed memories?
Another few, those of us without the title of mom, are possibly able to spend it with her, at brunch or a pedicure or a day exploring a local garden. She is grateful and proud to spend the day with her children. We are surprised how age brings greater appreciation for all that she did.
Maybe some of us have lost our mothers already. Maybe she is sick, or for whatever reason estranged from our lives. The presence of loss in our souls may be raw or still painful; maybe it has graciously subsided a bit with time.
Regardless of where she is or where we are in life, the common consensus is the role of mother is a vital one, a precious one—a role whose meaning is synonymous with the term unconditional love. Mothers pray over developing babies, can sense fear, insecurity, or doubt in the subtle flicker of a facial expression or change in tone. They sacrifice themselves and care for and attend to and fix and juggle. Man, do they juggle. Like a magician who coordinates the position of flaming knives in the air, gracefully adjusting as another and then another is thrown into the assortment, such is a mother juggling the elements of life, always accepting the duty however difficult. They accept with grace and grit.
A few months ago I reviewed a book called Awaken Sleeping Beauty, and when it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day, there is no other book I believe describes the significance of this role more than this one. When Awaken author and long-time McKinney resident, Judy Pogue writes…
I know many women who have the word of the Lord in their hearts. It is evident in how they speak and act and think. They take to heart the words of Scripture and live it out. The world needs more of these women to use their voice and their wisdom to make a difference in the world and to live as godly examples for women everywhere. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say the future of our families, communities, and country depends on it.
…are we not charged as women, as mothers to take charge? Yes, I am so grateful for the gifts and pampering on Mother’s Day, but let us also use this day as a reminder of why we do all that we do. Obviously we “mother” because we love our children. It is instinctual for us to care for the pieces of our souls that walk separately from ourselves. But we must also remember to wake up! We are raising God’s army. We are raising warriors for Jesus Christ, and should be teaching our children and grandchildren to FIGHT for the truth of the gospel and the power of scripture.
Awaken Sleeping Beauty challenges all women (mothers included!) to fight for our families, children, cities and nations, If each of us could only wake up and use our God-given authority to call down heaven’s power, all of our battles could be won.
To all of you who are mothers, I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of love and family. I also hope that if your role of motherhood feels overwhelming—as it often does—pause for a moment and remember the most important part of your job is not chauffeuring to sports, or packing the most interesting lunch, or being the perfect grandmother. Your destiny as a mother has nothing to do with your to-do list, and everything to do with His:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Whether you are struggling in your role as a mother, your desire to become a mother, or are just looking to be inspired as a woman, may I encourage you visit JudyPogue.com and purchase a copy? These make wonderful gifts for all the women in your life this weekend. It is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. I am also very excited to announce the Awaken Sleeping Beauty 60-day Bible Study will be available for purchase at the end of the month. You can find Judy on Facebook and Instagram.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Thank you to Pogue Family Missions for sponsoring this post.