Hi friends! Mother’s Day is less than three weeks away and I thought it might be helpful if I put together a gift guide for those of you who need help deciding what to get the awesome moms in your life! Here are some of my favorite (and stylish) clothes, shoes, jewels, makeup and home items that a mom of any age would love. Click any photo to see more of each item below! (Keep scrolling because I have some words of encouragement for you all!)
I think Mother’s Day is such a great holiday! It reminds us to appreciate moms and the love, hard work and patience that it takes to be a mom. My mom is so loving when she supports me in any dreams or goals that I want to accomplish and she always does whatever she can to encourage me! Let Mother’s Day be a reminder that we should celebrate the moms and other women out there not just one day, but every day of the year!
It is great to have a mom to look up to, but maybe some of you aren’t close with your mom or no longer have her around or just need some encouragement and women to look up to. If that’s the case I would love to encourage you with some examples of women from the Bible! Although Christ is the only perfect example for us to follow, these are strong, faithful, God-fearing women who give great examples of how to live our lives for the glory of God!
Ruth (means “lovely friend”) – Reading the book of Ruth I have found what a loyal, unfaltering friendship looks like. After suffering great misfortunes, a woman named Naomi and her two daughters-in-law (Ruth and Orpah) must leave the country of Moab to find a place of refuge since they have lost everything. Naomi insists on going back to her home land in Bethleham and that Ruth and Orpah go to where they could have a better future. Ruth and Orpah were both moabite women and it would be hard for them to continue with Naomi into Bethleham since moabites were consider to be enemies with the israelites. Orpah does what Naomi told her to do and ends up leaving in hope of finding a better future. Although Orpah leaves, Ruth responds to Naomi by saying,
“Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God”
Ruth gladly sacrifices her chances of a bright future in order to stay loyal to her mother-in-law and to help her find more prosperous lands.
I love how Ruth gives us a great example of friendship and loyalty. She seems so fearless in going to a land that she may not be accepted and in her willingness to trust God to provide for them where ever they end up.
Mary (known as Mary Magdalene) – Here is the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42,
“38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Martha was so busy worrying about worldly things and busying herself in daily life that she missed the most important thing of all – knowing Jesus. Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus and grow in knowing Him while Martha had found other things to take precedence over time spent with Him.
There are days where I see myself being just like Martha and wanting to worry so much about all the earthly things I need to spend my time doing. I get flustered with all the chores and tasks that I busy my days with that I miss the whole point of my time on this Earth – living to serve my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we find ourselves too distracted in the day for making time to grow deeper in our relationship with God, we need to reorient our priorities. Being like Mary and making Jesus our first priority is so much better than troubling ourselves with tasks and distractions of the world.
I love how Ruth and Mary are both women who chose to make sacrifices in their lives and choose to be women who don’t worship the world. Ruth does not worry about her future or how she’ll be provided for and Mary does not care if her house is perfect for Jesus to visit. I love that they both trust in Christ to satisfy them fully.
Thanks so much for reading and I hope these women inspire and encourage you like they do for me! Happy (almost) Mother’s Day to all the awesome moms out there!
Ps: Here’s one of my favorite videos because I want to give you a reminder of how worthy you are as a woman! YOU are loved by Christ and YOU have world-changing capability!