Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday!
I’m beyond thankful that I get to be a mother and celebrate motherhood, especially on Mother’s Day! I love my Marmee (that’s what I call her!) and getting to tell her how much I love and appreciate her (although I do try to do that more than just one day a year!) and I love getting to be a mother and getting to love on the man who made me a mom and the children who I get to hear call me mama!
I know Mother’s Day can be a hard day for many. Many who have lost their mothers. Many who don’t have relationships with their mothers. Who live really far away from their mommies. Who really want to be mamas but just aren’t yet. Who are mothers but weren’t quite ready and are still trying to figure life out.
It’s also a really hard day for women around the world who may not even know it’s Mother’s Day. Women who live in poverty without clean water, places to live, things to give their children to eat… And it’s not just on Mother’s Day that these are their concerns. It’s every day.
I absolutely could not imagine not knowing if my children were going to get to eat on any given day. Or get a hug and kiss and put to sleep in a cozy bed. With a roof. After taking a bath in clean water. I couldn’t imagine. Yet that is reality for so many mothers (and fathers and children!) across the globe!
The Lord has really challenged me this past week to take a deeper look at my own life. I have SO MUCH. I am SO BLESSED. I do not deserve the things I have, yet I take them all so for granted. It was Sunday when our pastor was talking about his son, who has been doing missions around the globe for the past year, saying how sick he was of seeing poverty and heartache ALL OVER THE GLOBE, yet so few people care to help heal that poverty and heartache. That’s when it hit me. I don’t need a thing. Not one single thing! Sure, there are plenty of things I want… (My want list is actually pretty ridiculous… It made me laugh out loud yesterday! Why in the WORLD do I legitimately want an Airstream? As cool as it’d be- those things are awesome- what would I do with it?! I can’t just take a cross country road trip this summer! Hello, Laurel!)
But what I want compared to what so may people NEED? It makes me feel so silly.
When Price asked me what I wanted him to get me this Mother’s Day, I started thinking… Well, I don’t need anything! Wouldn’t it be cool if some of us teamed up and made donations to help other mamas who live in difficult day-to-day conditions to have some clean water for themselves and their kids to drink? Or some food to eat! I asked him to pick an organization that helps spread the Gospel by providing these things to people who don’t have the luxuries that we have and make a donation as my gift!
SO, all that to say… Fellow mamas: Want to team up with me and ask that all or part of our gifts this year for Mother’s Day be a donation to one of these causes?! Or, if you don’t know what to give your mama, maybe she would like to know that a donation was made in her honor to help others in need?! Just think what a difference it could make if 10, 20, 50 (or 100!) people shifted focus this Mother’s Day and gave 10, 20, 50, or 100 dollars to a special cause! It would change lives!
I asked some friends to recommend some organizations that help provide physical and spiritual nourishment to those who are in need. Here’s a pretty good list to start with!
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If you know of any other great organizations, please share in the comments below!
Additionally, I challenge y’all (as I challenge myself) to pick a mother or someone who wants to be a mother and send her a text or, better yet, a hand written letter, telling her that she’s on your heart right now and that you’re committing to praying for her. And if you do feel led to make a donation to a mommy in need (be it through one of the organizations listed to a mom you don’t know or just as a private donation to someone you know personally who may be struggling!), be sure to pray for her this week, too!
I hope all of you have a great rest of the week and a peaceful Mother’s Day no matter what your situation is. Thanks a ton for stopping by today! Means the world!