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May 2021 Focus: HONORING MOTHERS

This month let us set aside to really focus more on honoring mothers, especially Mother’s Day. For me, Mother’s Day looks different after my mother transitions to be with the Lord. Nevertheless, I note that even if you have a family of your own, it can be difficult to fully engage with the day when someone important in your life is missing physically. No matter how long it has been (my Mother: June 2018), you can wake up on that day and feel the same fresh hurt all over again. Spending Mother’s Day without your mom may never feel easy but it is likely the hardest day to face in the earliest months after her passing, but you can push forward and continue to honor her. Trusting in God’s Word helps you through the now and the future.

Honoring Mothers: Motherhood is one of the most important functions in the life of many women the Lord has assigned to them. In Paul’s letter to Titus, it says that women are assigned to love their children, to love their husbands, be pure-minded, accurate, caring of the home, kind and dutiful to their husbands. This is a good mother Bible verse, one of the most meaningful for the understanding of the importance of a wife and mother in a family and her role in it.

The commandment to honor one's human parents is compared to honoring God. ... It also says, 'Every person must respect his mother and his father' (Leviticus 19:3), and it says, 'God your Lord you shall respect, Him you shall serve' (Deuteronomy 10:20).

'Honor your father and mother'—this is the first commandment with a promise: 'so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth'” (Ephesians 6:1–3).

Humorous, but inspired memory with my mom while having coffee at the kitchen table one day. Note, as a child, my mom did not allow us to wash dishes, but we had plenty of chores. That day I asked her about a plaque that is in the kitchen over the sink that has been there since I was a child, it says… “A man may work from dusk to dawn, but a woman’s work is never done.” Her explanation and our discussion were hilarious and true, especially regarding mothers. So, my beloved friends, purposely/intentionally honor your parents every day, especially your Mother this Mother’s Day.

Much Love Much Prayer Much Grace

Brenda J.P. Crawford

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