When Mother's Day Hurts
April Motl is a pastor’s wife who loves to laugh, loves her man, loves to talk on the phone entirely too long and most of all, loves her Lord. Collaborating with the efforts of her husband Eric, the two of them share a ministry dedicated to bringing God’s Word into the everyday lives of married couples, men and women. April has been privileged through her own church and ministry outside her local body to share God's Word with women ranging in ages and stages, across denominations, and walks of life. April is a graduate from Southern California Seminary and has written for Just Between Us Magazine, Dayspring's (In)courage, and The Secret Place and also writes regularly for crosswalk.com, iBelieve.com and Women's Ministry Tools. For more information, visit Motl Ministries at: www.MotlMinistries.com
- 2014 May 08
Mother’s Day is a holiday that stirs up a lot of emotions! Some of those sentiments are sweet, joyful ones. But sometimes, it’s a hard holiday.
For years we struggled with infertility. Then there were some more years we learned to live past it and the “struggle” wasn’t so constant. This year we are miraculously expecting a little one, but mixed in the joy of having my “first Mother’s Day” is also a sadness over my first Mother’s Day after my grandma passed away.
Many of us have strained relationships with our moms, or visa versa, we’re moms hurting over wayward children. I know children (adult children and young ones) aching over parents who are lost in a sea of bad decisions, addictions, and brokenness. I know moms and grandmas who come to church every week and beg for God’s mercy over their children who are lost in that same sea. We ache. We all do.
The depth of a mother-child relationship is beyond what words can capture and communicate. Many times, that relationship gives us a sense of identity. Our relationships with our moms and our relationships with our children often create the foundations of how we perceive our value in life.
While the Lord designed relationships to hold special places in our hearts, He never intended for anyone else to sit as Definer over us. If Mother’s Day is especially hard for you because of a “defining” issue, know I’m praying for you! And know most of all that the Lord is the only One who has the right and who can accurately define you, His child.
Below are a few links to hopefully bless your heart this Mother’s Day:
PDF. of a Love Letter - Paraphrased Scriptures all linked together to form a love letter from God’s Word to you.
How God Sees Me - Pretty little Scripture cards to encourage your heart or for you to pass along to bless someone else’s day.
Mother’s Day and Mixed Emotions - A previous post about finding enough of God’s grace to cover the wounds Mother’s Day might bring up inside us.
Motl Ministries’ May Give-Away - If you struggle with having misplaced “Definers” in life, enter to win the ladies’ Bible study My Reflection in His Eyes: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You.
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