On Mother's Day We're Celebrating the Women we Love and Appreciate


Most Friday nights as Tim works, my good friend and I go out on the town.  We live it up big.  We split a plate of chicken nachos and she did a little shopping for a Mother’s Day gift as we continuously talked and laughed.

In between bites at the restaurant, we chat about all kinds of things. Often my friend talks about her sons and her grandchildren.  A real prayer warrior, she covers her family with prayer daily, sometimes even asking me to pray for them, too.

I’m impressed with her practical love for them, how she exercises wisdom in staying out of her adult children’s business and yet being readily available to them.  Her sons are Jesus followers and her grandchildren are as well.  But, she’s concerned that given our current culture those little ones will have a true faith and understanding of God’s word and are able to make it applicable to their lives.  So she lovingly and faithfully builds into their lives every opportunity she gets.


We are celebrating all women not just Mother's on Mother's Day


What a wonderful example my friend is of nurturing and mothering.  Even after her nest has emptied.  So Friday night, I chose to celebrate my friend with the perfect card (I love how God put it right in front of me!) and a small gift in her favorite colors.

My mom is in heaven, so I now love the opportunity to honor other moms on this special day, and my friend was so deserving.

Some of us have had wonderful relationships with our moms and others of us haven’t.  For the most part, many of us can say that our moms did try to do their best to give us sage advice and teach us to love others.

She speaks with wisdom
    and teaches others to be loving and kind. 

Proverbs 31:26

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Mother’s Day used to be an icky day for me.

I didn’t have a wonderful relationship with my mom and I am not a mom, so I hated the sappy sweet stuff of Mother’s Day, especially the sermons at church.  But, then a funny thing happened…  one Sunday a young girl who was in my small group at church asked to have one of the carnations we had for the kids to give to their mothers.  She had gotten one for her adopted mom, but she came back and asked for another one… to give to me.  I’m not sure that she realized I wasn’t a mom…. what I do know is that she knew that I was there every week and I loved her and helped her as she transitioned to a new country and culture after living in an orphanage in India.

Rupa saw me as an important loving nurturing female in her life.  And really, isn’t that what a mom is?  Whether we have adopted a child or birthed a baby, or not, most of us exemplify those qualities in some way.  I know I tried to speak wisdom into the lives of the girls in my small group and I taught them to be loving and kind to others.

On Mother’s Day…

we can focus on the not-so-good… empty arms, absent mothers (physically or emotionally), abusive mothers… or we can celebrate who we are as women and recognize other women who exemplify wisdom, love, and grace.

Celebrating on Mother’s Day!

Mothering isn't something only women who have birthed or adopted children do. On Mother's Day we must celebrate ALL the women who have poured into the lives of children. Click over for Scripture art too.



Celebrating Women on JoyDay!


It’s JoyDay!

And time to get our joy meters soaring!

Please join me in thinking back over the past week and counting seven things for which you are thankful.  This simple exercise of counting and giving thanks together in this space is something we do each week to reset our compasses and put our eyes back on the Lord.

I’ll start…

Thank you, God for…

  1. my mother who truly cared about my spiritual heart.
  2. my Aunt Martha who filled in for all the shortcomings of my mother.
  3. seeing spring unfold outside my door this week and the mighty oaks finally starting to leaf out.
  4. my friends and getting to spend quality time with my friends this week.
  5. hummingbirds at my feeder and purple finches and cardinals and catbirds at the oranges.
  6. being our healer.
  7. Your love beyond measure.
  8. Your constant care and provision… thank you for being all we need. 

Now…it’s YOUR turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.

You’ll be glad you did.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet thoughts.

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  1. Debbi Saunders says:

    Thank You God …..
    1. For Holding my right hand and guiding,providing and comforting me through this trial in my life…
    2. Being all that I need….
    3. For the gift of my Son…
    4. For making me aware, through a Blogger, that I have fallen into the “Comparison” trap and for guidence to a Book by Charles Stanley to help me overcome it…
    5. For a Wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend!
    6. For the opportunity to help,guide and make a difference in the children’s lives in my care at school….
    7. For All the wonderful women that you have brought into my Life through the years….

    • Happy Mother’s Day, Debbi! Celebrating with you God’s faithfulness in your life and believing with you that he truly has everything taken care of. Praying you have a joy-filled week. xoxo

    • I’m so grateful to be able to read your ‘seven’ and know how meaningful they are to you. Praying God’s favor over you and praising Him for all He has done and is doing right now.
      Keep spreading HIS joy, my friend! You are such a blessing! xoxo

  2. Beautiful flower, I love it. I had a wonderful Mitger’s Day, and hope yours was to.

  3. Oh ”tis the wee hours of the morning now.
    Joy Day!
    1. The train –to remind me to pray for my friend far away now who struggles with ongoing health issues (and had a six foot python in her bathtub drain this past week–eek!!)
    2. I’m so thankful for my Mom. I miss her so unbearable it is at times Lord you know. And how precious when my little grandson said on Sunday, Ohhh I just want to go to Grandma Cederlind’s house” 💙
    3. I enjoy the uplifting view that a potted planting of various plants and inexpensive patio chairs did for making the patio look cheerful.
    4. Thankful Curt could find someone to take him for surgery after being let down by two –and it hurt my heart for him as he struggles and struggles–more and more has been piled on this past week. More things wrong in another area and tomorrow to another specialist for his long long battle of a life and death health battle. My poor sweet helpmate. Please pray
    5. Reading God’s Word helped me to relax today when I became so sorrowful
    6. Another high school classmate joined our email Bible Study!! May God be glorified
    7. A nice Mother’s Day.
    I liked today’s story. Yes lots of women help to raise the children. Yes, you are a mom figure to that young woman by now?? And even a mom-Auntie figure for your neighbor girl!! How wonderful!!! God is good. I continue to pray. I’m glad you got to go out!

    • Gwen, I will pray for Curt…that people would be available to assist him as needed and for healing by God’s powerful mighty hand. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  4. Diane – I am your neighbor over at #TellHisStory …. I love celebrating the women we love on Mother’s Day and not just moms, I am so glad you wrote a post about it too. At our church, I never fully understood the pain other ladies had when it came to Mother’s Day until my husband and I became lead pastors. When those you care about hurt because of a day on the calendar, you don’t want to exclude them but love them and make them feel included. So we started honoring all the ladies… Some will never be mother’s in the natural, but some are spiritual mothers, or pour into the lives of others like a mom would. Love your pictures too – especially the bright pink flower at the top of the post – beautiful

    PS.. if you are looking for another place to link to on Thursday’s I would love if you would consider joining my new linkup #TuneInThursday – it opens Thursday 3am PST and runs through Sunday night. you can find it at debbiekitterman.com/blog (Please feel free to delete the link if you think it inappropriate).

    • Oh Debbie, how wonderful for ALL your church women to have someone who loves and champions them. I’ve made peace with this… but it has taken years… yet still a ridiculously long poem was prayed at our church on Sunday was awkward for me. Although it was meant to be “all encompassing” I am guessing that the only women who appreciated the poem/prayer were the ones who are experiencing a “normal” motherhood.

      Thanks for your kind words. The flowers you mentioned are verbena… one of my favorites. I will make note of your linkup. Thanks so much for the invite!

  5. Great list Diane! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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