The last few years, when Mother’s Day rolls around each year, I find myself thinking of the countless Moms out there for whom Mother’s Day is a painful day. There are so many aching hearts that are further reminded of their loss or other distance they would not choose for themselves if it were up to them. There are so many children who have lost their Mom and so many Moms who have lost a child. Whether due to death, divorce, or any other painful circumstance, Mother’s Day can be a hurtful reminder of losses of many kinds.
Many Mother’s Days I’ve been especially spoiled with flowers or other luxuries and I think about those Moms who have no one to acknowledge them on their special day – no one to say, “I see you and you matter” – whether verbally or non-verbally. I think about how it’s the little things that means so much and how I’d love to share even one small reminder of love with every Mom who needs it.
That’s why I wanted to brainstorm a few ways we can do just that, with all the Moms who are in our sphere of influence. We can’t reach out to them all, all around the world – but together, we can reach out to many! Please share what would be meaningful to you in the comments section and I’ll share a few of my ideas with you 🙂
- If you know a Mom who suffered a recent loss or a family dealing with the recent loss of a Mom, here are some ideas to help those in crisis.
- Making and delivering a meal to a hurting family or inviting a lonely Mom over for dinner is another powerful way to lift up anyone when they need you most!
- Check out this free printable – print and share free compliments to let a Mom or hurting child know they are seen and they are special!
- Support widows and orphans through the ministry of Both Hands. This is an incredibly unique opportunity to help an orphaned child find a forever home while helping a widow fix up her home!
- Visit Operation Beautiful to leave a positive note in a public place for someone who needs to be uplifted, encouraged, comforted, or inspired! The mission of Operation Beautiful is to post anonymous notes in public places for other people to find. The point is that WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL.
- Write a simple note of appreciation like this one to mail or even email to any Mom you care about. That linked example was one I wrote for my own mom and she has read it dozens of times, just in the last year since I wrote it for her. I think that says alot the power of mere words to demonstrate true appreciation! 😉
- If there’s a Mom you know who really needs extra time to be loved on, check out these ideas from real Moms on what refuels and refreshes them so they can go back to parenting with a full cup. I guarantee if you provide her with one of these wishes, she’s sure to think you are the bees knees 😉
- Above all, let us not forget the power of the most simple encouragement – encouraging words of affirmation go along way towards making any Mom feel appreciated!
What would you add to this list of ideas to love on those for whom Mother’s Day may be a painful reminder of loss in some way? Let’s talk about it in the comments! For now – on to the linkup for bloggers!
Make A Difference Mondays is a weekly linkup designed to encourage and inspire us to live each day on purpose by making a meaningful difference in someone’s life in even the smallest of ways. Read on to learn more about our vision, mission, and how to link up your blog posts!
Our mission is to provide a consistent gathering place for like-minded women to build online connections, share inspiration, and provide mutual encouragement and accountability as we seek to live intentionally and make a difference in the lives of those around us.
Every Monday we will invite bloggers to link up any blog post that encourages women to live life on purpose. This could include testimonies or goals from your own life, small acts of kindness or service, creative tips or ideas for showing consideration to others — the possibilities are endless. Our objective is to use our God-given time and resources to His glory!
Also, just a heads-up: we have created two fun new ways to keep us all connected! Now we have our own Facebook community group to stay in touch beyond the blog posts AND we also have a new #MADMlinkup group Pinterest board and we will be pinning our favorite posts from the linkup that inspire and encourage us to make a difference. We are so grateful for you and would love for all of you to join us for fellowship in the above linked community group and you can follow the Pinterest board right here to watch for your posts:
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What a good idea for Mother’s Day. We do need to remember this day is not happy one for everyone.
Thank you Mary – very true!
Thank you Mary – very true!
You have such a heart to minister to those in need, Sybil and your ideas are not only fantastic but simple enough to do easily. Simply grace-filled. I am thinking about what we can do and pondering how we can be a blessing., but one thing that comes to mind is spending time at the Nursing Home Not only can we minister to the residents but the staff as well.
Awe thank you Dawn, I am glad you found encouragement here! I love your idea of visiting with nursing home residents! I used to work in a nursing home and absolutely loved the sweet people who lived there – many are SO lonely and always appreciate a visit from anyone who cares!
I love this so much!!! I run an Operation Beautiful on my blog for women to come and give self-love to themselves and nominate their beautiful friends, mom, sisters, etc to do the same…you have to sign up to be featured!! This is an awesome list.
That’s awesome! Thank you so much Erica!