Mother’s Day is a very heartbreaking and tough holiday for some moms.
Some moms aren’t sure how to celebrate Mother’s Day because they are trying to figure out how to get through the holiday due to a child’s death.
Some did everything in their power to raise their children right, made many sacrifices, and highly loved and treasured their kiddos…yet they now find that their teenage or adult children are ungrateful, unkind, or unloving, and their kiddos may not even choose to honor them on Mother’s Day.
Some are estranged from their children or don’t talk often with them.
Some have children who are battling addictions – and due to the alcohol or drugs, they are frequently talked down to and mistreated.
Some moms have been written off – or their relationship has drastically changed – due to the influence of their child’s spouse or significant other.
Some moms have complicated relationships with their children due to issues that stem from grief or loss.
Some moms are hurting horrifically due to a miscarriage or stillborn death.
Some moms are navigating through the death of their own mother.
There are multiple reasons why some moms may feel unimportant, unappreciated, unwanted, heartbroken, or unloved this Mother’s Day.
My heart genuinely hurts for any mom who is hurting this weekend and for those who are mistreated! And my heart goes out to the moms who won’t be fully celebrated on Sunday and those who will not have the ability to fully celebrate this Mother’s Day.
Moms do so much behind the scenes: pray every day for their children, read stories to them, sing lullabies, make crafts with their children, grocery shop, do laundry, work, cook and make lunches, clean, help them when they’re sick, pay for school activities and supplies, provide shelter, clothing, food, and opportunities, create and provide great memories, make holidays and birthdays special, drive them to activities, worry a million worries, direct their kiddos in the right direction, try to prevent them from making monumental lifelong mistakes, painfully allow them to fail so they can learn and grow – even though they really want to intervene, encourage them, love them unconditionally…moms do all of this and more. So many times, moms – and their love – can be taken for granted.
When your child dies, or turns against you, especially when you’ve invested so much time and love, it is extremely painful. It’s a continual funeral in your heart.
There are no easy answers when it comes to these very tough, complicated, and fragile circumstances.
So what can a mother do when faced with heartbreaking actions or reactions from their children?
- Pour your heart out to God. Share with Him how painful this situation is for you. Ask God to heal your child’s heart, and ask Him to heal your heart, too. Ask God to give you the wisdom you need so you will know how to wisely handle the heartbreak you are going through, as well as the entire situation. Ask for restoration and a miracle.
- If you know of any time you have wounded your child’s heart or anytime you have mistreated them birth-present, take responsibility and sincerely apologize for any wrongdoings. Pray and ask God to soften their heart, and ask God to bind and rebuke the enemy before you go and talk with your child. If they react to your apology, or refuse to forgive you, stay humble and ask what they need you to do to help them to forgive you. Do not react to them or throw up in their face anything they’ve done. Apologize and genuinely seek forgiveness.
- Do not allow your child to get a rise out of you. Stay calm and answer pleasantly. When you react or bite the bait of an argument, you reinforce to them the idea (in their mind) that you’re the problem. If you refuse to give them a reaction, they will eventually have to deal with the fact that the problem may be theirs. When you argue with them, they will also justify their mistreatment of you.
- If you’re not able to talk to your child, tell God you are placing your child in His hands and fully entrusting them to Him. Ask God to mightily work in their life.
- If your child is battling addiction, ask God to guide your child to the help that He wants for them to receive. Consider asking God to help your child come to the end of themselves so they can see their need for God.
- Ask God to grant everyone involved the peace, harmony, and genuine love they need. Also, ask God to bring past good memories you and your child once shared back into your child’s heart.
- Ask your child out to brunch or a movie…or to an activity that you both will enjoy. They may say no, but you’ve planted some small seeds that may bloom in the future. Do not react if they decline the invitation. Simply tell them you love them and miss them.
- Ultimately, you have zero control over how a much-loved child acts, behaves, responds, or treats you…you only have control over yourself.
- Realize that you can be the best mom ever and you can do all of the above, yet it may not be well received.
If you have experienced the death of a child, or you have attempted reconciliation with a present child and it ended poorly, or you aren’t able to talk to or see your child on Mother’s Day, consider doing the following:
- Attend church and spend the day with God, focusing exclusively on Him.
- Go to your favorite restaurant with a family member or friend.
- Do something relaxing such as take a walk in the park, listen to music, go to a movie, visit family members, or do any other activity you find peaceful.
- Ask your loved ones for extra love and support this weekend…tell them that Mother’s Day is going to be challenging and sad for you.
- Visit a bookstore and buy a good book to read.
- Pamper yourself – do the things that make your heart happy!
- Reach out to other moms who you know are hurting. Do something kind or special for them.
- Rent a few movies, get your favorite snacks, and snuggle up on the couch.
- Take care to be kind and loving to yourself. Be gentle with your heart. You are very valuable and God loves you very much! You are a treasure!!
To any mom who is going through intense heartache, I am so very sorry!
I am praying for all moms, their children, and their families this weekend!
You are important! I pray you will be treated with love and kindness…and that God will wrap His loving arms around your heart!
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Wishing everyone a blessed and special Mother’s Day!
Gratitude & blessings,
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