What a miracle being a mother is.
I have a love/hate thing with Mother's day. I love it because I think mother's should be celebrated. I hate it because it know it's a painful reminder for so many of loss.
If you are that woman who is battling infertility, who longs to be a mother, who has lost her mother, who has lost a child, who has a rebellious or wayward child, or for whatever reason that Mother's Day is a painful reminder of something you are missing or have lost - I just want to say I'm sorry and remind you that God has His arms around you even in the lowest and most painful of days.
And to all the mother's - it is the hardest and most amazing job we will ever have. Whether your children are babies or teens, it's tough, daily work. And we can feel defeated and exhausted and not enough. But God gave you the children you have for a purpose. Don't look ahead but treasure the now.
And encourage the other moms you see around you. If your children are older and you see a mom with two or three toddlers and she looks exhausted and frazzled, take time to smile and give her an uplifting thought. Don't say "Oh you will miss this" because honestly - in the moment - she can't believe that's true. Say "I remember and it's hard but it gets so much better and you can do this!" If you have friends with teens who just feel deflated and your kids are grown, build them up. Offer advise and encouragement.
This is a team sport not a competition. We are all in this together.
Happy Mother's Day to each of you.
I'm so thankful for the three little people who call me Momma (well if Will could talk he would call me momma) and for my mom who has loved me and sacrificed for me since the day I was born. And for a mother-in-law who loves us well.