Heavenly Father, on this Mother’s Day, we thank You for our mothers through whom Your gift of life begins and through whom we are nurtured into great human beings.
We lift up all mothers to Your love and care. We pray for them, for their needs of strength and support to continue to nurture a family of love, in honor and love for You, our God.
Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Your blessed name to bless all mothers today and every day. Extend Your hands of grace over them.
Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God will give you.
We acknowledge that it’s hard, conscientious work and effort and we ask You, Lord, to bless them for all their contributions toward family life and it’s growth.
Grant that they may be joyous in their ordeal of being a mother and proud in raising the family You gave gifted.
Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.
Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Mothers who are ill or have been led astray
Oh Lord, we earnestly pray for those in illness, grant them Your healing and restoration, for those who are abused and abandoned, that You grant them healing of their hearts and mind and that they are restored in hope for a better future.
We also pray for mothers who have been led astray into bad and sinful habits, grant them Lord Your forgiveness, relief and deliverance from their captivity of evil.
Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise – “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
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Praying for single mothers on Mother’s day
Lord Jesus, it’s not easy for a mother, especially if she is single. Even more so, if she was disabled or affected by a major illness. We lift up these mothers today that in You they may find light and hope for a better future.
Bless them with the fruits of the Holy Spirit, to become women of God overcoming the troubles of life in perseverance.
Let them stand proud and tall of their achievements, of the families they have raised and above all, women of excellence who have gained Your favor in fear and obedience. AMEN!
Proverbs 31 : 10-11, 25 – 30
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She is clothed with strength and dignity. She can laugh at the days to come.
With wisdom, she speaks. Faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
My LORD JESUS, My Rock, My Fortress AMEN! Geevetha Mary Samuel is a working, widowed mother of 4 wonderful young adults.
When I got my first promotion, I was the youngest person in the department. I felt like a square peg in a round hole and always felt I had something to prove. My dad always taught us if we wanted something, work hard at it, and so I did.
I was always among the first to get to work and the last to leave
I made sure I learnt everything about my section and made a point to train my staff to be vigilant and do things the way I thought was best. It took a while for my hard work to pay off, but it finally started to.
I was always thinking of ways to improve my section and made every possible effort. I taught by example and, by actually training my staff, my section was the best in the office.
I felt really proud of myself, having been self-taught for most aspects of my job.
Little did I know that whilst being so ambitious, My staff was seeing me as a tyrant, as my focus was first on work and last on people’s feelings.
I really never considered anyone’s feelings. It never even crossed my mind. I was so driven to succeed that all I saw was how to get my work done better, faster and beyond scrutiny.
Never did anyone tell me this to my face
Eventually, I heard people talking about my attitude. They spoke about how I felt like I knew everything and made a point of it.
Never did anyone tell me this to my face. I was so hurt and annoyed. How dare they say negative things about me? What was I doing except ensuring that my section performed at optimum?
I spoke to one of my managers and, although she didn’t say it out loud, I gathered that others had become very intimated by me and didn’t appreciate my attitude.
Simultaneously, I was doing some studies in human resources and eventually I understood that people are just as important as the work.
Slowly, and with God’s help, I started to be more human in my approach to the job. And I know that change happened, for which I’m glad (you see my dad didn’t teach me this part)!
I really did have to change my attitude, because it was keeping me back not just from promotions, but from becoming a good leader and a good example for Christ.
God takes interest in all areas of your life
I’m so glad God takes interest in all areas of your life, it reminds me of one of my favorite passages of scripture:
Proverbs 3: 5-6 – “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain our paths.”
You may not get it right the first time. But, as long as you keep trusting in the Lord and putting Him first, no matter what area of your life may be in need of an intervention, God will get to you! He will make your path straight and plain.