Post Mother’s Day Gift Ideas & Spiritual Encouragement

 
Post Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Why is it that when you think of Mother’s Day gifts, at least once, a flower crosses your mind?  I don’t know why that is, but I suppose it’s a fitting gift.  What else better represents the beauty, elegance, strength, perseverance, and life-giving nature of a mother?

Hopefully you had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  For some, celebrating Mother’s Day on Mother’s Day isn’t always an option, or practical.  Families with many adult siblings might all get together and celebrate Mother’s Day together, or it might get broken up into a week-long celebration.  One of my brothers and his wife took my parents out to lunch on Mother’s Day.  My mom and I agreed that this Wednesday would work great for us to get together, and this coming Saturday we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day with my mother-in-law.  If this sounds like you, then maybe you’re still trying to figure out what to get your mom.  If so, here are some ideas to consider.

  1. Instead of cut flowers (which only last one or two weeks), give her a potted flower or plant, which will give months [annuals] or years [perennials] of enjoyment.
  2. What about a hummingbird feeder and homemade nectar?  (I wish I had started watching hummingbirds years ago.)
  3. Go to a park and reminisce about special times you remember of growing up at home.  Focus on what you remember about her – advice she gave you, special moments together, …
  4. If you have little ones, spend some time in nature.  This can be so much fun!  Point out the different flowers, butterflies, birds, and yes… even bugs that God created.
  5. Spend a pampering afternoon together.  This could include a manicure, pedicure, facial massage, or a hair appointment together.
  6. Go to a Starbucks and talk over a specialty coffee or their yummy berry coffee cake.

There are so many neat ways to spend an afternoon or evening together with your mom.  If you’ve celebrated Mother’s Day in a special and unique way, do share.

Spiritual Encouragement for Mother’s

Two years ago, the youth pastor at our church gave a sermon on Mother’s Day entitled “The Dignity of a Woman”.  I recently asked him if he had the notes so that I could share them on this website.  He graciously sent me his outline and scripture references.

To keep this post short, I am sharing an abbreviated version of the notes, with some points removed.  I made a few tiny formatting-type changes and a word here and there, but otherwise, these are excerpts from the notes he sent me.

Thanks, Pastor Gaschke!

Genesis 2:18-23

Illustrations of honoring women in the Bible:

  1. The privilege of a woman bearing God’s Son.
  2. Christ’s resurrection was first discovered by women.
  3. Christ’s first appearance following the resurrection was to a woman.

Her Position (Genesis 2:18-19)

She is a Completer (2:18)

  • For the first time in creation, God says something is not good (vs. 18) [when there was only man, but no woman].

She is a Helper (2:18 & 20)

The woman was not created to help as a result of The Fall.
God’s perfect design for the home was to have a God-fearing leader and a God-fearing helper.

Help-meet

Out of the 21 times the Hebrew word “help” is used, it is used of God 15 times. That means that a woman who uses her gifts to help her family is following God’s example of helping others!

Her Creation (Genesis 2:21-22)

Equal Identity (2:21-22)

In Christ, all believers are equal.

Even in the Trinity, God Himself demonstrates headship and submission.
Christ submits to the Father, and the Spirit follows the direction of the Son.

Read Proverbs 31:10-31

Those are some great points the pastor shared.  I think what I consider to be the highest honor of being a woman is conception, pregnancy, and child birth.  Even if I never give birth, I will always be in awe of the privilege God has given to women in this area – the start of life within her body, and the entire 9 months of a baby growing within her, and then leaving her body to enter this world.  Wow!!  What a gift from God…

I wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day week.

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