Encourage a Hurting Woman This Month
Did you know Mother’s Day can be one of the most difficult days of the year for many women?
If a woman is struggling with infertility, or if she would like to be a mom but her husband isn’t ready for a parenting commitment yet, or if she’s lost a child or a pregnancy, the day can be a reminder to her of heartache.
But you can bless a woman whom no one else is thinking of that day.
One year on Mother’s Day, I brought a gift to a woman in my church who had no children of her own. A single, never been married woman in her early 40s, Karen was a kindergarten teacher and our church’s children’s ministry director who also taught a children’s Sunday school class every week. In my thinking, she was mom to so many children, she just never had the official title. I jotted down a note thanking her for her influence in the lives of countless children and for being a “spiritual mom” to so many. She was overwhelmed at the gesture. And I enjoyed seeing her delight on that day more than all the days I’ve given Mother’s Day gifts to “real” moms.
Whom can you encourage on Mother’s Day this year? A mom who has lost a child? A grandmom or great grandmom who lives far away from her children and grandchildren? A new widow who will experience her first Mother’s Day without her husband? How about a “you’re special to me” gift to a woman you happen to know who has been wanting a child but hasn’t yet been given one?
There are many ways to show a woman, who might otherwise feel overlooked, that God knows her, hears her, and sees her. And the possibilities to bless her this Mother’s Day are endless.
Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of more than a dozen books, including When Women Walk Alone (more than 120,000 copies sold), and her most recent, When God Sees Your Tears, which is based on the biblical story of Hannah. Cindi and her husband, Hugh, a retired pastor, live in Southern California with their grown daughter, Dana. For more on her ministry, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com or find her on Facebook.