Proverbs 6:20-21, “My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.”
When I was the mom of young children, I simply wanted a day off from motherhood. I wanted a weekend away with my husband so I could be a good mom the rest of the year.
Now my kids are young adults, and Trey and I will be empty nesters when our son leaves for college in August. That means what I REALLY want for Mother’s Day is completely different in this new season of life. I love spending time with my kids hearing them talk about their dreams for the future, and if they will sit still long enough, play a board game or two.
But no matter the season in life I believe moms who love Jesus want things from their children money can’t buy, for the most part.
We want our children to love God and love others.
Whether they are 3 or 33, we want to know that the faith we taught is being put to practice on the playground or on the job.
We want to be treasured for who we are.
Personality, gifts, desires are unique to each mom. That may mean a dinner made and cleaned up by our family, whether it’s good or not. Bottom line is we want an “experience” with our family doing something we love.
We want our work as a mom to be recognized.
The examples are endless, but here are a few ideas:
Tell us, “Hey mom, you’re an amazing prayer warrior.”
Tell us, “Hey mom, thanks for washing our clothes and making our food while working full-time."
Tell us, “Hey mom, thanks for teaching me to tie my shoes, ride a bike, write a paper and balance my budget.”
We really DO want homemade cards no matter our child’s age.
Those pieces of paper, crafts and paintings are treasured more than gold. And we will never ever throw them away (even if they aren’t very good!)
Happy Mother’s Day,