We were driving home from visiting my husband’s dad when we passed the mini golf center and my son piped up from the back, “Hey, I remember going there! We went there for Mother’s Day a few years ago!” Oh, yes, I remember, too, son. It wasn’t exactly an easy day for me but we did have a lot of laughs there (I’m not the best mini golfer and I tend to ‘help’ the ball get into the hole). As we continued to drive, I reflected on that day. Bittersweet. Difficult and yet so much fun. It’s funny how he remembered going there and shared that memory at that point in time…we had driven past that place several times since. But I think I needed to remember that I can celebrate this day even though it’s not all it is cracked up to be. Here are 4 Reasons to Celebrate Mother’s Day Even When You Don’t Feel Like It.
Mother’s Day. This day evokes many emotions. Everything from great joy to deep sorrow. For me, it is just another reminder of what I never really had.
This year is going to be different. Why? Because of the important people in my life.
He is so proud of how I mother our children and he wants to celebrate me. This is a day that is specifically set aside to honor mothers – me, the mother of his children.
The last two Mother’s Days have been particularly difficult for me and I did not feel like celebrating. My husband was very sensitive to how I was feeling and he quietly took care of my heart. We went to church, came home and just relaxed. He cooked me one of my favorite meals (steak) and just spent time with me.
That was what I needed then.
But this year I am ready to really celebrate! And he is already thinking of things to do.
My kids love me, too. And they wish to show me their affection and appreciation. They wish to ‘rise up and call me blessed’…and I need to let them.
This Mother’s Day, my children will celebrate me, their mom. I know this won’t be extravagant. But they know extravagance doesn’t impress me anyway. They will make me a card – well, my girls will. My son…he will just give me never ending hugs. Oh, I love his hugs!
My oldest will write me something nice, most likely including encouraging scripture. She’s the one who preaches the gospel to me when I need it.
My youngest will draw m a picture in her card. Her drawings are always so cute…just like her.
I will invite my kids to shower me with the blessing of their love. And that is such a GOOD thing.
I know that God wants to bless me in my mothering (and you, too). He looks at me and He is so proud of how I am nurturing and raising the children He has entrusted to me. Yeah, He knows, I make mistakes. But He loves how I run back to Him every single time. He loves how I let Him sustain me. And He loves to wrap me in His loving arms.
And, my sweet sister, He sees you in exactly the same way.
This Mother’s Day, I am going to spend some time with my Heavenly Father, soaking up His presence. Thanking Him for all the wonderful gifts he has given to me.
Just sitting at His feet and allowing His grace to wash over me.
Yeah, just me. I have to give myself permission to enjoy the day as I see fit. We are so darned hard on ourselves as moms. Too hard. I’m tired of the mommy wars. There really are more important things to worry about than unicorn frappuccinos and Nutella. Seriously.
It’s time to just get over it already.
Let’s clothe ourselves…and each other in strength and dignity – WOW! Could you even imagine that? What would that look like?
This Mother’s Day, I’m going to be easy on myself. But I will speak truth over myself. I will put on the strength of the Lord and I will grab hold of my dignity…and, together with my family, I will have a home full of laughter.
Are you ready to celebrate Mother’s Day this year? It doesn’t matter what your celebrating looks like. As long as it is something. Even if you just go to church, go home and rest. Allow your family to celebrate you quietly if that is what you need this year. Because there will come a year when your heart is ready to celebrate your motherhood a little more…then a bit more…and then even more.
To help you celebrate, I am offering this special Mother’s Day printable for subscribers. Scripture cards and a prayer journal created just for Mother’s Day!
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