"Mother's Day" is upon us once again.
I've been blessed beyond measure to be a mother to (now) six children.
Ever since I was a young girl playing with dolls, I dreamed of becoming a mother. It was truly my highest goal next to becoming a wife.
But on this day, I recognize that there are countless women who, for whatever reason, were called by God to walk a different road. A hard road.
A road worthy of honor.
So on this day as I celebrate the six loves of my life, YOU, my friends, are in my prayers and my highest esteem. My words are few, but I pray they convey my highest regard.
To the pregnant teenagers who are choosing LIFE over abortion, walking a very narrow road and are often times walking that road alone, you bring tears of deepest respect to my eyes. I honor you.
To the birth moms who have given the most selfless gift of all time; putting their children up for adoption, I honor you.
To the women who have walked the bitter road of infertility and heartbrokenness, I honor you.
To the single mothers and widows who daily face challenges that I can't even imagine, I honor you. You have more of my respect than you will ever know.
To the women who have endured miscarriages and various tragedies that have left you without your child, my heart breaks, and I honor you.
To the women who are yet waiting for the miracle of adoption, I honor you.
To the women who are living out the incredibly high calling of being a foster parent, I pray for you and I honor you.
To the women who desperately want children and are waiting for their husband's approval, I honor you.
To the single women who devote their time to mentoring, serving, blessing and volunteering for children they care about, I honor you.
To the older women whose children are grown and gone, living far away, leaving a hole in your heart, I honor you.
To the young girls who are just beginning to dream of a future with a husband and children, I honor you.
Whatever your path, whether God has charged you with the daily care of children or not, you've been created with a "mothering" heart. You have the heart of Christ; a heart that loves, endures, mentors, encourages, teaches and blesses others. You do what is often overlooked, unrecognized, thankless.
Today I thank you for what you do.
On this day, I honor you.