As mothers we, or at least I, tend to expect grand things for Mother’s Day each year: showers of thankfulness and chocolate, breakfast in bed, a spotless house, a fancy restaurant, rich gifts, etc. We have high hopes for the best Mother's Day ever.
I am no more entitled to these things than my children or any other human being is entitled to such blessings; though somehow our culture has ruled that today I must receive such things, or I am not appreciated as a mother.
If those expectations are not met and I concentrate on them, I experience disappointment. But when I concentrate instead on praising God for his abundant blessings, and take action in blessing others, on purpose, it inevitably is a good day.
5 Ways to Make this the Best Mother's Day Ever
I challenge you follow these five suggestions to make this Mother’s Day the best Mother’s Day ever!
- Cook lunch and eat at home together. Let them treat you to lunch another day. Read my reasons for eating Mother’s Day lunch at home here.
- Instead of expecting cards and gifts, write a note to each of your children telling them why you thank God for them and why you are so blessed to be their Mother.
- Take a family photo. We take a family photo on Mother’s Day every year and love to treasure them and compare from one year to the next how the kids have grown and what things God has done in our family since that photo.
- Rehearse good memories of Grandma and Mother’s Days gone by. Children especially love stories. Spend some time sharing stories of your childhood, you mother, and grandmother, and allowing them to share their memories of times with those very special women.
- Do something for someone else. Perhaps you know a family who has lost their mother, or a child, this year. Could you take them lunch? or invite them over to lunch, so they don’t have to spend it alone? Perhaps you know a lady who has never been able to have children of her own. Why not write a note to thank her for the blessing she has been in your life or that of your family? Do you know a stepmom or a single mother? Take a moment to let her know just how great a job she is doing, and that you are praying for her.
Whenever I can turn from my selfish expectations and gaze upon the Lord and his blessings, and allow him to open my eyes to the opportunities for blessing those around me, it always ends up a brighter day.
I wish you praise for your Savior and a heart to bless others. May this be the best Mother's Day you have ever had!