Are you thankful for your mom?
Motherhood is often thought to be a thankless job.
If you were like me, you neglected to show appreciation to your mom as a teenager. It often takes until we are in our late 30s or 40s is at that point realize all that our mom went through in raising us.
I want this to be a tribute to my mom and all she did for me. I hope this will encourage you to thank your mom if she is still living and encourage you in whatever you are going through as a mom.
Sometimes by the time we are old enough to need our mom really badly, she is no longer living and it is too late to tell her “Thank you”. If this is what has happened to you, there is still plenty of room to be thankful for all that your mom means to you and taught you while you were growing up.
I know it isn’t Mother’s Day, so this might seem like poor timing to be writing about our moms.
This week was my Mom’s birthday, so for me, it is a time when I have been thinking continuously of all that a mom means and about the treasure that my mom has been and still is to me.
When we are growing up, it seems like our Mom is always there. We take her for granted. Yes, she is rock solid. Always there for us!
This would be my mom’s 98th birthday. She passed into the presence of Jesus on February 12th, 2019 earlier this year when she was ninety-seven.
10 Things To Be Thankful for Your Mom
Some of these are general and could be applied to either you or me while others are from my experiences. What do you remember about your mom? What can you add that you can be thankful for about your mom?
1. Her love is unending!
Even when kids are going through a season where they do not show love for their mom, she has an unending love for her children.
2. Her love demonstrates God’s love to the best of her ability!
Sometimes you might have been like “The little girl with the curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad, she was horrid!!” Yet your mom pointed you to Christ. Even moms who do not know Jesus instinctively have unconditional Christ-like love.
3. She taught you the most important things in life!
Your mom wanted the best for you and would often talk about things that would prepare you to be a responsible adult. She wasn’t perfect but if you had been really listening, you might have heard the most loving advice ever!!
4. She was there to care for you when you were sick!
I remember getting asthma when I was around 4 or 5 and she would prop pillows behind me so I could breathe easier. She would sing to me in the wicker rocker, or just be there in the next room, ready to come as soon as I needed her.
5. She listened when you talked her ear off!
Who listened to my mom when she had too much on her plate? I don’t know. What I do know is that she would listen to me even when I went on and on and on about insignificant facts to everybody but me. She made me think it was all very important.
6. She would tell about my escapades with pride!
She took my side when the teacher called her in to report how badly I was doing in school. She took my side since she knew how hard I had been working. She retold that story without ever sharing how ‘dumb’ or ‘slow’ I was academically. When I dove off the high-dive within a month of running through the glass door, she retold my story with pride for years after.
7. She never picked up my room but taught me to pick it up myself!
She could have tired of teaching me to be tidy but took the harder route and insisted on my bed being made and room picked up. She knew better than to pick up after me!
8. She made sure I had everything I needed but not necessarily everything I wanted!
I never remember that we were ever short on money but on retrospect, I know that we sometimes were. After all, my parents were missionaries. I had everything that I needed and many things that I wanted.
9. Mom put God as her first priority!
She could have put me as her first priority but that was not where my parents’ values were. Instead, I always saw how God was first and the other things fell into their rightful place. Mom demonstrated that God was first in her life by making sure that she read her Bible each day.
10. She role modeled Christ in everything she did and said.
If a mom puts herself first, she will not demonstrate that Christ is first. She will only demonstrate selfishness.
My mom put my needs before her own and through that, I learned how much Jesus loved me!!
My mom passed away a few months ago and I can no longer thank her for all that she did for me. I don’t think I thanked her enough for all that she did for me.
When my children don’t call or text, it helps me to keep my feelings about that in perspective by remembering that I never thanked my mom enough!
If your mom is still living, thank her for all she means to you and if she is no longer with you, thank another mom who has maybe not been told what an awesome job she is doing for her children.
Sweet mom, you might be exhausted and feeling under-appreciated. God sees all that you are doing for your children and so do not be weary in well doing! (Galatians 6:9)
What has your mom meant to you through the years? It would be nice if you shared about her in the comments.
My Mom, Evelyn Bollback. This was taken in 2016 when she was 96 years young!! Happy Birthday in Heaven!!