As we look toward Mother’s Day, we celebrate motherhood and the women in our lives who have mothered us. This day also elicits other emotions for some of us. For those of us who have our mothers still with us, it reminds us to be thankful each day for their lives and influence on us. For those of us who have a living mother, but a strained relationship, it can be hard to reconcile those feelings and celebrate this day.

For those of us who are not mothers, but so desperately long to be one, this day is one we wish we could just skip. For those of us who are mothers of children with challenges, whether physical, emotional, or developmental, we may wrestle with the "why." For those of us mothering alone, we may long for support, a partner, and what we thought “family” would look like. For those of us mothering through adoption, blended family, or foster care, we may think of and thank God for another mother on this day.

However we mother, we don’t do it alone, unseen, or unloved. God is with us. Let’s celebrate that God has blessed us with this privilege and believe He will sustain us to complete it until that day.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6