Mother’s Day is May 8. The United States celebrates mothers each year on the second Sunday of May. At least 50 countries have similar days, but not on the same date. The world over, we all have a mother. Many of us are mothers. Others of us are mothers of mothers. Mothers literally keep the human race alive.
Motherhood is a great blessing, but also a great challenge. What a huge responsibility to guide the life of a little one, or many little ones, on the path to knowing, loving, and glorifying God. You’ve probably heard that “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”? It’s true. Mothers today are shaping tomorrow’s leaders and society as a whole.
Perhaps you stay at home with your kids and you’re “just a mother”. Think again! Professionalizing Motherhood, by Jill Savage, will help you see yourself as a career woman who specializes in the home. She sees motherhood as “one of the most dignified, demanding, and rewarding fields any woman can find.” Perhaps this book will help you see yourself and your job in a new, more positive way.
Do the daily tasks of raising your kids have you so busy that you feel you are neglecting their spiritual development? Read The Ministry of Motherhood, by Sally Clarkson, for help on weaving spiritual training right into your daily routine. No one can influence a child quite like a mother!
Perhaps you have no children of your own to love and train. Pour your maternal instincts into someone else’s child. Spiritual Mothering, by Susan Hunt, is a book based on Titus 2. Godly women mentors are so needed in this world. So many girls grow up without a godly, loving mother. You could be that missing piece in another woman’s life, an adviser, and encouragement.
Perhaps you are that child whose mother was not June Cleaver. The Mom Factor, by doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend, provides help for those who had less than perfect or even damaging relationships with their mothers. Learn how to repair damage, find freedom and joy, and maybe even relate better to your mother today.
Let a book about a real-life mother inspire you. Try a biography on Susanna Wesley or Abigail Adams. Or read a collection of inspirational stories like The Heart of a Mother.
Finally, does a mother in your life love books and need a gift? Come browse our Consignment Shop for a classic novel. We have cookbooks for moms who make unforgettable meals, adult coloring books for stress relief, and arts and crafts books to inspire and teach. We also have books to help mothers boost their teaching skills or develop their spiritual lives.
The Bible repeatedly instructs us to honor our parents. Please use May 8 to honor the mothers in your life. And all of you mothers, please know you are appreciated and so vital to our society. May God bless each of you this Mother’s Day!
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