Five Simple Ways to Honor Mom this Mother’s Day
In yesterday’s post, I talked about reasons why we should obey the 5th commandment, which says “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)
Today, I want to talk about how. Sometimes it’s not that we don’t respect our parents, but we just aren’t intentional about showing it. Since Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend (May 8th!), I thought I would share a few intentional, yet simple ways to show our moms the love, honor and respect they deserve. And don’t let it be a one-off thing, but let this begin a lifestyle of intentionally and regularly honoring your mom and your dad!
HONOR Your Mom Through…
- Thoughtful Writing. Write a letter to your mom, telling her how much you love and appreciate her. Be specific and highlight the things that have particularly meant a lot to you over the years. Write it out to give it that personal touch and send it in the mail if you are not able to deliver it in person.
- Meaningful Gifts. What would really mean a lot to your mom? It can be a certificate to get a relaxing massage or have a night out at her favorite restaurant. Or it can be something you make, like a collage or a painting. This year, I am putting together a special picture slide show compiling all our favorite photo memories together with my mom over the past several years. Whatever it is, the thought behind it is what counts!
- Acts of Service. If you live near your mom, perhaps you could offer to clean up her house or help her in the garden. If you live too far, maybe you could make a coupon book of “services” you will do for her the next time you are together (dishes, laundry, etc.). Think of things that would really lighten her load and allow her to kick up her feet and relax!
- Public Shout Out. If you have a website or blog, make a special tribute to your mom for the online world to see. Don’t forget to send the link to your mom so she can view it herself! You can also make a special public announcement on Mother’s Day as you share a meal with loved ones. Tap your glass to get everyone’s attention and share with the group what you appreciate about your mom. You can never go wrong sharing from the heart!
- Physical Affection. Affection between children and parents is more common when children are young. As we get older, sometimes we become stiff and awkward, keeping us from showing love through physical affection. Let this Mother’s Day mark the change of that. Give your mom a big ol’ bear hug, squeezing her so tight she can hardly breathe! Or put your arm around her as you walk, telling her you really love her. Remember she is the one who used to hold you and cuddle you as a baby and in many ways you will always be that ‘baby’ to her. This showing of affection toward her might mean more than you know.
To my mom and all the lovely mothers out there, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!! May you enjoy the honor, love, and respect you so deserve. 🙂