07 May 2011

Why and How to Honor our Mothers

QUESTION:  WHY do we honor our mothers on Mother's Day?

I would love to hear your reasons why you honor your mother on this special day. If you would be so kind as to add a comment on this blog and share with others why YOU honor your mother on Mother's Day. If you do so, I believe we can all learn some new insights as to the many reasons to honor our mothers, not only on Mother's Day, but actually on every day of the year.

To get the ball rolling, I will share a few reasons that I honor my mother on Mother's Day. 

Reason #1 - God commands us to honor our mothers and our fathers in the Ten Commandments found in the Bible in Exodus 20:12. 

"HONOR your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord YAHWAH your God gives you."

This fifth commandment given by God to the children of Israel and to all mankind is repeated in the New Covenant by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:1-4.

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. HONOR your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth. And fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."
So, there you have it. The first reason I honor my mother (and my father) is because God, my heavenly Father, thought it was so important for my life and the length of my days, that He actually commanded me to do so in his Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. Obviously, God thinks it is "right" to honor our parents because He is the One who chose our parents for us, and by honoring our parents, we also indirectly honor God our heavenly Father.

Reason #2 - My mother gave me life and I exist because of her love and care. My mother endured 40 weeks of discomfort, inconvenience, and pain to give birth to me. In addition, she poured out her life for me every day for the first 18 years of my life, and she's never stopped giving love, support, encouragement, and comfort throughout my adult life. My mother chose to protect my life in her womb in contrast to millions of unborn babies whose lives are extinguished by their mothers every year. Thank you Mom for not aborting me and for protecting my right to life as a person created in the image of God. 

Okay, I'll stop there. Now it's your turn. Please add your reasons for honoring your mother in the comment section below.
QUESTION:  HOW do we honor our mother's on Mother's Day?

Now, it's time to talk about HOW we honor our mothers on Mother's Day. I'm sure there are a million different ways to honor a mother, so I'd love to hear your personal story of how you honor your mother on this special day. Here are a few ways that I seek to honor my mother:

Way #1 - Since I don't live anywhere near my mother, I have to demonstrate my love and honor from a distance. The main way that I do this is to CALL HER on the telephone and express my love to her in words of affection and thanksgiving. I tell her I love her and how thankful I am for her, for her life, for her love, and for all that she's poured into my life over the years.

Way #2 - I make it a point to send her a special Mother's Day CARD with written words of love and affection, gratitude and appreciation. Sometimes I'll actually make her a card rather than buy one. Either way, she receives an expression of my honor and love in writing that she can read again and again throughout the year or put up on her dresser to see.

Okay, now it's your turn. Please take a few minutes to think it over and then post your comments at the bottom on how you personally honor your mother on this special day and the reasons that you do it.

Finally, I want to leave you with a beautiful, meaningful, and spiritual blessing that you can pray over your mother on Mother's Day from the Bible (Numbers 6:24-26):

"The LORD (YaHWaH) bless you, mother, and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace."

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