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The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in West Virginia in 1912. Mothers were to be recognized as an important part of our culture and lives. The heart of a mother is like a rare jewel. They love their children during the worst and best of times. Yet all mothers are not the same. Author and speaker Patsy Clairmont says, “Normal is just a setting on your clothes dryer.” We are all different. She shared that as women we may “struggle, fail, start over, and celebrate.” But we are mothers who can love unlike any other person. A familiar mother’s day poem written in the early 1900’s is: > M is for the Many things she gave me, O means only that she's growing Old. T is for the Tears she shed to save me, H is for her Heart of purest gold. E is for her Eyes with love light shining, R means Right and Right she'll always be. > > Put them all together, they spell MOTHER. A word that means the world to me. God created families and gave mothers a unique place in that unit. We can love, give of ourselves, cook, clean, wash clothes, put Band-Aids on scrapes … be the first one up in the morning or the last one down at night. We juggle a lot of things including raising children, working at jobs, managing a home, and sometimes finding time for ourselves. Each day is a new beginning of what lies before us. We have destiny, purpose, and the power to do and be all that we are called to be. Nothing can stop us except ourselves. As mothers, we need to find the strength to face each day knowing that God loves us. This scripture seems to be written just for mothers. > “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians 2:1-4 Our children need that unselfish love of a mother. We as mothers need to love our mothers too. Long life is promised to all who show honor to them. > “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. "Honor your father and mother." This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, "things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth."Ephesians 6:1-3 Mothers make up a crucial part of our lives. So whether it is a Hallmark card, dinner out, hug, or a kiss on the cheek, we should show we care. It is so important to give our love to these dedicated women in our lives and don’t take them for granted. > “Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”I John 3:18 Originally posted here: http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/Devotions/noebel_mothers_love.aspx

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1 Sarah R = "This saying is applicable to everybody, but I think it especially fits Christians: "As Christians, we may struggle, fail, start over, and celebrate." God knows our weaknesses and He gives us many do-overs."
2 Sarah R = "Really? How about O for "Oh how many things she's done for me!" or "Outstanding!" "
3 angela h = "In my opinion, my children can best honor me by serving Jesus. Don't get me wrong, I love flowers and cards and such. But if my children are living for self and satan 364 days a year then flowers and a card don't mean much on Mother's day. If they are truly serving Christ, then they will honor parents in all things; and they will love others."