Everyone reading this blog has a mother.  Even if you have never met her, or known her, she is or was, somewhere out there. 

I know many people who do not celebrate this day in any way.  In fact, it is most likely, that for some this is a day tinged with sadness and one they would like to simply forget. 

For some people, they remember their mother as a cruel, manipulative, and unkind woman.  For other women, this day is simply a reminder that they are NOT and can NEVER experience the wonder of carrying a child in their own womb, nurturing a little one at their breast, and watching that child develop into a well adjusted adult.  So I understand this can be a day marked by sadness!

In sharing this blog, I do want to acknowledge the privilege of being raised by a kind and loving mom.  I hope that is not rubbing salt in the wound because that is not my intention.  My deep desire is to comfort all hearts that find this day a dismal one.

Firstly, let me say that however unkind, or unloving your mother was, she gave you life.  If you cannot celebrate your mother today, then celebrate that she gave you life.  You are breathing and living and you are here to experience this day.  That is worth a little 'thank you!"

Secondly, I can assure you that you are deeply loved.  The most assuring truth to embrace is that God loves you.  You are not a mistake, you were in His plan and destiny before the world began.  Psalm 139 says that God formed you, and knew you when you were in your mother's womb. 

Thirdly,  you have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life.  Your life may not be perfect.  In your view, your lineage my be tainted, but you are alive and breathing and loved by the Creator, and you can make a difference in someone's life today.

So don't let this simply be a day where you focus on what you do not have, but focus on what you do have.  You have life, a loving Creator, and the ability and the freedom of choice to bless someone today. 

To the mom whose heart is aching because you do not know where your son or daughter is at this time, or to the mom who is estranged from her children - let me say, take courage, keep trusting and believing for the best. 

My prayer is that every heart will find peace today.

I am and always will be,

recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,