by Gayla Grace on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 3:53 PM
As a young mom, I thought Mother's Day should be all about me.
Surely I deserved recognition for my neverending sacrifices as a mom and stepmom to five children, right? However, after driving away from my parents' home recently, I noticed that something was about to change—and so was my perspective.
The Last Mother's Day My Mom Knows Me
My mother was recently diagnosed with dementia.
As it progresses, it consumes her, and so I know this is the last Mother's Day she'll know me as her daughter. As I swallow this truth, tears spill down my cheeks. I sense God asking me to honor my mom with the time we have left.
Unfortunately, I'd never considered how to truly honor her. What does that look like? Why is it important?
Honoring Mom with a Thankful Heart
Honoring our moms starts with a thankful heart for the role they've played in our lives. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the influence of my mother.
Perhaps you struggle with a thankful heart toward your mother. Many adults have leftover anger and disappointment from a childhood wracked by hurt that makes it almost impossible to consider honoring their parents.
If this is the case for you, I challenge you to examine your heart and consider making amends, if possible.
Honoring your mom doesn't mean you agree with past behavior; it simply acknowledges her place in your life. It might require professional help to deal with your feelings and set appropriate boundaries for your current relationship, but I encourage you to put the past in the past and move forward in broken relationships.
I'm not saying it will be easy, but holding onto unforgiveness keeps us in bondage and poisons other relationships.
The Benefits of Honoring Our Parents
We experience many other blessings, in addition to enjoying a long life, when we choose to honor our parents:
Honoring our moms on Mother's Day doesn't have to be extravagant or complicated. A simple gesture is often more meaningful than a formal undertaking.
1. Express gratitude.
As someone who'd rather write words than speak them, I don't naturally express appreciation .
I'm making an effort to show gratitude toward my mom for the investment she's made in my life. I'll never forget the day when I asked Mom's opinion on a career decision I needed to make.
As she relayed her thoughts, with tears in her…