Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to make mothers feel special and loved, but a very commercial event today and society makes you feel guilty if you don’t “buy” a gift for Mum. It’s not that I have anything against mother’s day or mothers in general, it’s the money making racket that I’m against.

Having said this, I have wonderful memories of times that I have had with my own mother – times of sharing, sharing of her time, love, knowledge and experiences, and I hope to have more of them in the future. I have even greater memories of my grandmother who in her very shy and quiet way, influenced my life spiritually when I was a very young mum and she in her nineties.

My grandmother shared with me her love for the Lord by setting the example herself, she shared with me that God had a role for mothers – one of great importance … Proverbs 22 v 6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” And Proverbs 31 v 6 “She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”

When we read the bible and discover who Jesus is and how he lived his life and set the example for us, I liken this to how a mother should be … we need to be like Jesus, in all things! Lead by asking questions, in love, being gentle in guidance – with a great deal of patience – the latter is the hardest of all!

Jesus went to the Father and prayed, prayed for His people and we as mothers should do likewise – spend time with our Father and pray for our children and God’s guidance in all that we say and do.

I urge you all to take some time this mother’s day to reflect on the times you have had with your own mothers/grandmothers and their influence on your lives and then look forward to the examples that Jesus has set for us and make them a part of your children/grandchildren’s future memories.

God bless you on your journey of motherhood

Sue Frauenstein