Proverbs 31:28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

I get a ministry impact blog occasionally from the software provider used by my employer. I thought part of yesterday’s was worth sharing with you. Here’s an excerpt from it.

Celebrating Mother’s Day by John Gilman | May 8, 2015 at 9:50 am | Categories: ACS Technologies

Why Mother’s Day? Why do we celebrate it? Why do we put so much time and effort into honoring our moms? We think it’s because we know how much time and effort they spend on helping us become the best person we can.

Mother’s Day has no religious significance or national root. It was created by a woman named Ana Jarvis  while listening to her mother end a children’s Bible lesson. At the end of the lesson on mothers of the Bible, she prayed a simple prayer:

“I hope that someone, sometime will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.”

Ana Jarvis loved her mom and wanted to see her prayer answered. She devoted her time and energy to seeing Mother’s Day become first a local, then a national holiday. Even with simple beginnings, it’s become an important day. And really, no one wants to be the person who forgot to get something for their mom on Mother’s Day.

Moms love us. They support us. They wipe our noses and hold our hands. They go without sleep just to make sure we are sleeping enough. They sing us songs and tell us stories. They shape us into the people we’ve become. Mothers work hard everyday for their children and families, and it only makes sense that they’d receive a special day in return.

The Bible is filled with mothers who gave their lives for their children. Hannah, Rachel, Naomi, Bathsheba and Mary are prime examples of the lengths mothers go to for their children. Every male hero in the Bible had a mom who helped them become great. Jesus loved His mother so much that He took time out on the cross to care for her.

If Jesus, while dying for the sins of all mankind, can take time out for His mom, then we can too.

Doing something special on Mother’s Day isn’t everything, but it’s important. We should love our mothers every day, but the special things we do on Mother’s Day can bring our moms a little extra joy. They deserve more than a day, and we should show our love and affection for them to them.

With this said, here are eight simple gift ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day with the mother figures in your life.

1.Roses

2.Cleaning up around the house

3.A nice dinner out

4.Frame an old picture.

5.Take some new pictures.

6.A walk in the park.

7.A letter written from the heart.

8.A massage, pedicure, or manicure (or maybe all three).

I took mine out to dinner last night and gave her a purple potted orchid.

How will you be honoring your mother this year?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, bring to remembrance today, all of the women who have been mother figures in our lives. For the mom, the grandmother, the aunt, the step-mother, the sister, the teacher or the friend, we thank you for their selfless love from beginning to end. In Christ name I pray. Amen

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