As we celebrate Mother’s Day, let us never forget, the ministry of being a Mom is one of the toughest assignments God has ever given anyone.

Moms need to be as insightful as a psychologist, tough as a marine drill instructor and gentle as a nurse. She has to be a negotiator, a teacher, an electrician, plumber and a carpenter. It requires an endless supply of energy, a massive amount of patience, an iron will, and if she ever gets sick, she’s got to get well before the end of the school day.

Yes, the ministry of being a Mom is very important.

Traditionally Mother’s Day is the time when children give something back to their moms for all of the spit they’ve supplied to wipe the dirt off their rosy little cheeks, for all of the ABC – already been chewed gum –  they’ve held in between their fingers. Oh, and don’t forget, all the skinned knees that a mom makes feel better with just a simple kiss.

About 140 million Mother’s Day cards will be bought this year, as well as flowers for mothers, grandmothers or wives. Almost a quarter of the total annual flower sales in the U.S. happen on Mother’s Day.

Motherhood was established by God as a part of His perfect plan for humanity. It was not an afterthought, but a divine intention from before the beginning of time.

Mom’s make mistakes too. Maybe your relationship with your mom brings heartache. Maybe your Mom has passed. May God bring healing to your hurting heart.

My mom celebrates her 88th birthday on July 4th!  Every day is a gift to her, but especially to me!  Mom continues to teach me the value of motherhood by the sacrifices she makes for her 3 kids and their spouses, 8 grandkids and their spouses, and 13 great grandkids with number 14 on the way!  Her example reminds me that motherhood truly is a life-long ministry.

To the amazing women who are moms through birth, adoption, step and foster parenting, mentor or teacher – YOU MAKE DIFFERENCE in the lives you touch daily.  Thank you for your sacrifices and have very blessed Mother’s Day!

Karen Bowling

Karen Bowling

Executive Director at Nebraska Family Alliance
When Karen isn't fulfilling her duties as the Executive Director of NFA, leading a women's Bible study, or coordinating a prayer meeting, she's usually with her four grand children that keep her busy, laughing, and young at heart.
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