With Mother’s Day celebrated here in the United States on Sunday, I’m thinking of the many women who will be involved. First of all, I’m thinking of wives who WANT to be mothers, but just haven’t been able to get pregnant. Yet, they are hopeful, even though they haven’t seen their hopes fulfilled. I hope for them, and pray for them. Prayerful wishes are what I hold for them.
I’m thinking of women who are mothers, who will be honored. They will be shown love in wonderful ways on this Mother’s Day. I celebrate with them and pray this day will be one that they will “treasure” in their hearts. This is something Mary, the mother of Jesus did on many occasions, I’m sure. (We know that the Bible records at least one of those occasions in Luke 2:19.) I pray this is a most blessed day… HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
More Prayerful Wishes
I’m thinking of women who have empty “pouches” or empty arms. This is because their child, or their children, and/or grandchildren cannot be with them because of geographical distances. (I’m one of those women.) I pray for you and know the ache of your heart. But I also know that as you (we) lean upon the Lord, He will comfort you (us). I pray that happens for you.
I’m also thinking of the women who have lost a child, perhaps even more than one. This is grief, the depth of which, I can’t even imagine. How my heart cries for you! And how I pray that God comforts you in ways that will infuse hope into your heart that you will eventually experience better days —ones that will bring a smile to your heart.
I’m thinking of wives, for whom this day is not a special one for one difficult reason or another. Maybe their marriage is troubled, and/or they have prodigals that are living their testimonies. Their moms and dads are waiting to see them put Christ first in their lives. There are so many reasons why this day can be difficult for many women, just as there are many reasons why this day can be a day to rejoice.
I’m also thinking of husbands who have this wonderful opportunity to bless their wives. This is a special time to show them that they are loved and treasured. I have such a husband. He shows me every day in big and small ways that I am cherished. There’s no doubt in my mind that he is God’s colleague in showing me love in amazing ways. How blessed I am to have him.
And how I pray that this Mother’s Day, and the days ahead —however many the Lord gives you, that husbands, who need to, will wake up. I have prayerful wishes that they realize the wonderful ministry God has given them. They have the opportunity to show their wives sacrificial love, in ways that exemplifies the love of Christ. I hope with all my heart that these husbands will show love to their wives in “word and in deed.” May it be in ways that their wives will KNOW that they are loved!
Consequently, I pray that wives, who need to, will wake up to realize the blessed opportunity God has given them to show love to their husbands, “as unto the Lord.” May they give the type of love that God wants His church, His bride, to give! I hope for them (and for their husbands) that they will show love in action. May many blessings flow!
For both husbands and wives:
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (Romans 15:5-6)
And out of these marriages, in which the love of Christ is revealed and reflected in a spirit of unity, I pray that God will use them to draw many others to Himself. May there be many who will witness love in action. And then may they respond, “I want to know their God better.”
Lastly, I rejoice with those who are rejoicing. Additionally, I cry with those who are crying. And I pray for those who need prayer:
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ —to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)
Cindy Wright of Marriage Missions International wrote this blog.
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