Are you trying to figure out what to do for loved ones for Mother’s Day?  How about giving them the gift of words. 

1) TELL HER YOU LOVE HER.

2) Make sure the KIDS TELL HER THEY LOVE HER.

3).  COMMIT TO SHARING WORDS WITH GRANDMOTHERS ON A WEEKLY BASIS.  This can be done in person, by phone, via email, or by sending notes or letters.  I saw a grandmother last week who said she just wants to hear from her kids once a week to say ‘hi’, let her know how their kids did on their spelling tests, cute or funny things that happened, and how everyone is doing.  Even if you just talk for five minutes, it will be a cherished gift.  

4)  They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so I’m sure they’d like to receive photos or children’s art work, too.

We sent photos with our Mother’s Day gifts and I typed a ‘key’ to explain each photo, give dates and ages, etc. 

45 DO YOU NEED TO SAY MORE THAN, “I LOVE YOU”?  HOW ABOUT THE WORDS, “I’M SORRY”? Is something holding you back in your relationship with your mother, grandmother, your children’s mother?  Are grudges being held?  Are there hurts that need to be healed?  If so, remember that the Bible tells us that “love covers all sins”.  Christ loved us enough to sacrifice himself for our sins.  His love covered all our sins.  In doing so, He made it so that we can be forgiven anytime for anything just by going before God our Father and seeking mercy.  The Bible also tells us that God wipes the slate clean, we’re washed whiter than snow, and we can start all over.  We don’t have live burdened by the weight and guilt of our sins.  And the Bible assures us that God’s mercies are new every morning! 

So, two things…

A) DO YOU NEED TO BE FORGIVEN FOR WORDS OR ACTIONS OF YOUR PAST THAT HAVE HURT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR MOTHER OR SOMEONE ELSE IN YOUR LIFE?  If so, just seek God’s mercy in prayer.  All the things I just said will be true for you. 

B) DO YOU NEED TO SEEK FORGIVENESS FROM YOUR MOTHER OR SOMEONE ELSE?  It’s easy after you’ve sought mercy from God.  You can ask Him to be with you as you seek forgiveness from others. 

They may or may not forgive you.  Even if they don’t, it’s ok as long as you have God’s forgiveness.  Trust the rest to Him.

6) DO YOU NEED TO FORGIVE YOUR MOTHER OR ANOTHER LOVED ONE?   I used to wait for others to ask for my forgiveness so that I could forgive them.  However, while reading The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie OMartian, I learned that usually others will not ask for your forgiveness.  They don’t know they’ve hurt you or they don’t care.  FORGIVE THEM ANYWAY!  Say a prayer and forgive them from your heart.  Drop the grudges and hurt feelings that hold you back from loving, being loved and having peace in your heart. 

7) ASK FOR BLESSINGS FOR OTHERS:  Pray for your mother and other loved ones. 

8) IN ADDITION TO FORGIVING OTHERS, ASK FOR BLESSINGS FOR THEM!  I’ve read through the Bible several times, but just recently something ‘new’ jumped out at me.  The Bible tells us to not just forgive others, but pray for them and bless them!   Immediately a few people came to mind that I needed to do this for.  It was the same people I forgave when I learned you need to forgive people whether they ask for it or not.  It helped to forgive them and not just ‘show them grace’.  It helped even more to ask for blessings for them!  It really softened my heart for them.  I actually look forward to seeing them again, and I used to dread it! 

9) WORDS OF PRAISE GO A LONG WAY.   Life goes so fast that we often fail to express good things in our hearts.  Make a Top 10 list of things you appreciate about your mother.  Ask your kids to the same for their mother. 

Or think of a specific experience or incident with your mom or loved one that meant a lot to you and share it with them – use spoken words or written words. 

10) COMMIT TO PRAY FOR YOUR MOTHER, YOUR CHILDREN’S MOTHER, OTHER LOVED ONES EVERY DAY.  Lift your loved ones in prayer for their health, well-being, for God to watch over them, protect them, guide them, bless them according to their needs, and to bless your relationships. 

 For related writings on Mother’s Day:

Read the post below for my thoughts as a mom.  See May 2007 archives to read about how my mother and mother-in-law taught me about love. 

Renee

 

 

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