As we all know, the beloved day of celebrating our mothers, grandmothers and all of the motherly figures in our life is this Sunday. Before you run down to your local Coles or Woolies to buy flowers, a card and a box of chocolates, let me offer you some insight into what we can do other than showering our loved ones with gifts and materialistic objects this Mother’s Day. Of course all of those things are great, but wouldn’t it be nice to do something extra special for the ones who have done everything and above to make us who we are?
When I think about my own mother, she is someone who inspires me when I lack inspiration, encourages me through the unknown, supports me through every season and works really hard to provide for me. She’s the wisest woman I know and is the cornerstone of our family. She once said to me “I’m never going to be your friend because friends come and go but I am always going to be your Mum.” I would hope that many of you would resonate with that and just know how blessed we are to have such amazing women in our lives.
Expressions from your heart are what means the most to women of all ages. Don’t we all love a heartfelt gift every now and then? A survey on what mothers want to receive on Mother’s day explains that out of items such as flowers, gift cards, books, clothing and spa vouchers, the three things mothers want the most was something homemade, having dinner with family and receiving a card. So to look at it in another light, mothers want a heartfelt and meaningful gift, quality time and words of affirmation. Not that hard right? Honouring who she is and the role she plays or has played in your life will be the gift and gesture she most remembers and treasures.
Proverbs 31:28-29 (NLT) says, “Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
I pray that all the mothers reading this have an amazing day this Sunday! To those who are celebrating our mothers, grandmothers and motherly figures: don’t forget to tell those women how much they mean to you.
God Bless you!
-Che Bailey, Chaplain