Happy (Many) Mother’s Day

Author: Marie Louise

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Happy (Many) Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can mean different things to different people. Marie Louise shares her story.

Mother’s Day brings up a mixture of emotions for me.

As a mother of 3 beautiful children, it is a time of celebration and thanksgiving and an opportunity to thank God for entrusting me with the care of 3 precious souls.  It is a chance to have fun with the people I love most in the world and to eat lots of chocolate and cake.

As a daughter, it brings up issues of abandonment, misunderstanding and neglect. Throughout my childhood, my mum was a heroin addict and this has impacted me in many ways.

At times, I have felt that I seriously lack the skills needed to be a good mother to my children.

I have not had anything to pull out of my own childhood experiences, no example to follow, no idea what is the ‘right’ way to do things and no mother on the end of the phone to ask.

So Many Mothers

When I committed my life to Jesus at the age of 17, I received this passage of scripture which still helps me to this day:

Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields.”  (Mark 10:29-31)

Jesus has been true to His word.

I have received so many ‘mothers’ over the years, women of God who have stood with me, helped me through tough times, and helped me learn what it means to be a mother.

They have taught me practical skills like gardening, cooking and sewing.  They have also taught me the importance of getting to work on time, how to communicate clearly and how to love and respect myself.

Their wisdom and love has helped me to be the mother I want to be to my children.

I am thankful to all of my spiritual mothers, and I thank God for sending them to me. I thank God for my birth mother, too, and I look forward to spending time with her on Mother’s Day.

God's Blessings

St Paul says: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

When I think of how my life started, and my experiences as a child, I could never have known the blessings which God had stored up and the wonderful ‘mothers’ he had lined up for me.   

As my children grow older and become more independent, I find myself relying more on God’s protection and guidance for them. 

I have recently started praying Mother’s Prayers with a friend, and it has helped me enormously to remember that God loves my children even more than I do.

Wherever you are this Mother’s Day, whatever your story, let Jesus in to bring the healing, reconciliation and transformation that only He can offer.

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