There is a prayer on my heart for women this Mother’s Day weekend. It comes from a heart that is blessed to be a mother and a daughter. It comes from a heart that’s known great joy and also great sadness. It comes from a heart that knows what it’s like to be part of the inner circle and also to be an outcast.

It comes from a heart that’s prayed for something for a long time and a heart that has seen answered prayers come in unexpected forms. It comes from my heart, which on my very best days, beats in tandem with the Lord’s heart.

For moms with children still at home, may the Lord give you his peace. You are incredibly, ridiculously busy. There are days when you wonder how you will get everything done.

Resist the temptation to speed up. Instead, slow down. Truly enjoy this time with your kids. It will not come around again. It will go faster than you can imagine, even though right now it may seem like time is a snail riding on a turtle’s back. There will come a time when you wish you could have it all back, if only for a day or a moment. Don’t squander your time on worry.

Invest in your children’s future. Spend time with them. Get to know the people they are becoming. Teach them about God’s love now, when they’re young. If they’re no longer young, start right now. Teach them with the words of the Bible and teach them by how you live your life. Live a life trusting in the Lord. Put him first. It’s the greatest legacy we can give our children.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

For single moms, may the Lord be your strength, your strong tower, your confidant and your best friend. May he walk with you on this journey of life. May you never feel alone because he is near to you. If you don’t know where to turn, turn to him. If you have decisions to make and no one to consult, consult him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8a).

For moms who don’t look like the typical moms, may the Lord walk with you and guide you as well. Some moms look like dads. Some look like Grandma and Grandpa. Some look like other kids’ moms. However you look, whoever you are, God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand so that you may hold his hand as you in turn hold the hand of someone who needs you. Love them with the same love that our Heavenly Father loves us. And never let go of either hand.

For moms who have lost children on this earth, Mother’s Day must be so hard you. May the Lord comfort you. He’s the only one who truly knows your pain. Tell him how you feel. Cry out to him and he will hear you. Ask him to send you good friends here on earth who can walk with you.

For those who want to be mothers and that has not happened, don’t suffer in silence. Cry out to the Lord and he will hear your cries. As the psalmist writes, “You keep track of my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” (Psalm 56:8).

And for those who are missing their mothers this Mother’s Day, receive the Lord’s comfort as well. He is our comforter and our Father who loves us.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

May the Father, our Daddy God, bless us all with his unimaginable love. May Jesus, our Redeemer, redeem the broken parts in all of us and make us whole again. May the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, comfort us with his presence in our hearts and renew hope in each one of us. Amen.

Kathy Yoder is a devotional writer. She may be reached at kathyyoder4@gmail.com.

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