Sad because we buy into the idea that we need a day to be pampered.
We think that we need roses on the nightstand, cards from our kiddos, a bag of our favorite chocolates, breakfast in bed, a tidy house, or a foot massage at a fancy spa in order to feel special and valued in our role as a mother.
But this is not so, my precious readers!
You are a good mother no matter how today went because of Jesus.
This afternoon I sat in Happy Buddy’s room folding laundry – a task that the world might tell me I shouldn’t be expected to do on Mother’s Day – and my sons played around me. In between piles of shirts and socks, we had a few tickle fights, I had to handle an ‘issue’ that broke out between the boys, someone fell down and got stuck in that space between the bed and the wall (hysteria – lol), an entire box of Matchbox cars got dumped in the middle of the carpet, we called Mom-Mom to sing her a special song, and Happy Buddy lost his first tooth.
It certainly wasn’t breakfast in bed, but even in that crazy space of time, I felt an overwhelming thankfulness to God for the opportunity to serve in the role of mother.
While having a foot massage is wonderful, what is more wonderful is filling our hearts with His presence and joy so much that those petty expectations of pampering give way to the beautiful peace of a soul satisfied in Him.
So, sweet sisters. I hope this day was not wasted in disappointment or bitter resentment, but rather in the glorious reflection that you are seen by the King. That Jesus knows how hard you work and sees how much you give and His heart longs to pamper you with the fruits of His Spirit.
Because a foot massage is over in like 10 minutes, and chocolates involve calories, and flowers will fade away, and if your house was tidy today it will be dirty again tomorrow, but the effects of being a mother who walks with Him will last for all eternity.
You are beloved, dear mothers!
Happy Mother’s Day.
– Julie 🙂
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24