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The Gift of a Mother’s Heart
By Victoria Osteen - May 08, 2022
It is with great joy that we celebrate Mother's Day this weekend. Being a mother can sometimes seem like a thankless job, and with all the additional stresses brought on by the pandemic over the past couple of years, we know that your role as a mother has been more challenging than ever, overwhelming at times. But can we 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 your children and future generations. God made and gifted you to influence your children in a way that no one else can ever do.

In the Scripture we see some amazing mothers who set tremendous examples for us--Sarah, the mother of Isaac; Hannah, the mother of Samuel; Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist; Mary, the mother of Jesus. I love what the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, a young church leader who had great courage and integrity. He wrote, "I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you." Timothy's strong belief came through their influence. I'm sure they had days when they wondered if young Timothy would stay on course and whether what they were doing mattered. But those women kept investing in him, praying for him, being examples 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 encourage and speak words of faith into them that will be a great deposit for their futures.

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 immeasurable 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 you have a happy and blessed Mother's Day!
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