It's Mother's Day once again - a day to celebrate those who love us, care for us and raised us up. Now as a Mom myself this day takes on a whole new meaning - I understand the job - the daily demands and the tasks that don't always bring thanks. The work that it entails - jobs you can finish today, but will be back tomorrow and often times sooner!! I appreciate all my mom did for me, the sacrifices she made, gifts she gave, support she provided and the lessons she taught. She helped me become the person, and Mom, I am today!
This weekend I will also acknowledge "other Mothers" in my life - those who have loved me and touched my life in a motherly way. One area in particular is with my faith, those I like to refer to as spiritual mothers.
In John 3:3, Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
Then Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council says, "How can a man be born when he is old? Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit."
The idea of being born again was confusing for Nicodemus and it may be for you as well, but as Jesus said, "the Spirit gives birth to spirit." Somethings are not for us to understand; faith is all about trusting God! A child knows when they are born, the newborn cry shows they are aware things have changed and in a similar way a child of God knows when the old has gone the new has come!
When an infant enters the world they are dependent, primarily on their mom to provide for their needs. As they grow and mature these needs change but still there is the need for someone to instruct, guide, nurture and love. The same is true in a spiritual sense - when we come to know Christ, we are new believers and we too need someone to instruct us in His Word, guide us in His ways, nurture us with His touch and love us like He does. In other words, we need a "spiritual Mom."
I have been blessed by others who have played this role and through them God has touched my life and strengthened my faith. I have been privileged to watch my children grow physically (and spiritually) and my spiritual moms have witnessed similar growth in me as a child of God.
Life is a journey and just as we never stop growing and learning physically the same is true for our walk of faith. As you celebrate Mother's Day, I pray you will take time to thank those who have touched your life in a "motherly way!"
Perhaps you will be selecting a gift for these special ladies and today I'd like to give you the opportunity to win one for yourself. Leave a comment, perhaps words about your spiritual mom and you'll be entered to win a copy of "Letters from Leanne - The Beauty of a Spiritual Mother-Daughter Relationship." If you don't have a blog you can comment anonymously, just include your email for contact info. Finally post a link to the contest on your blog or Facebook page and increase your chances to win - just leave a second comment saying you did just that! Check back on Monday to see who the winner is!!
Finally I pray you have a blessed Mother's Day - celebrating those who have touched your life and appreciating the lives you are blessed to touch!!