All around our country this weekend, we celebrate Mother's Day. Being a mother can sometimes seem like a thankless job, but I want to encourage you that what you do as a mother matters! Know that with every hug, every prayer, every encouraging word, and every tear, you are making a difference and impacting future generations!
In the scripture, we see some amazing mothers who set tremendous examples for us. I love what the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, a young man who had great courage and integrity. He wrote, "Timothy, I can see the faith of your mother Eunice and your grandmother Lois in you." Timothy's strong belief came through the influence of his mother and grandmother. I'm sure they had days when they wondered about young Timothy and whether what they were doing mattered. But those women kept investing in him, praying for him, being an example of faith to him, and their impact ended up helping shape his character and led to a lasting legacy.
Proverbs 31 talks about the woman who honors the Lord and says, "Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her." Today, we rise up and bless the mothers and all the godly women who set examples to so many. Remember, whether you are a mother or not, you can have a mother's heart that encourages, inspires, and invests in the lives of the people around you. The heart of a mother is one that nurtures and influences people with love and tenderness. Perhaps there are other children in your life—nieces, nephews, or your friends' children—whom you can tell how important they are and speak words of faith into them that will be a great deposit for their futures. You can be an example of love and faith because there's nothing on earth like the treasure of a mother's heart!
To all the mothers who have invested so much in the lives of their children, may you be blessed, strengthened, and empowered by His Spirit, and may you know the greatness of the gift that you are to this world. Please know we love you and pray for you every day. We call you blessed and pray that you have a happy and blessed Mother's Day!