A Step-by-Step Guide to Gratitude this Mother's Day

In one word, how would you describe your mom? In a room full of people we would be able to create a long and varied list. After all, every person is different. We all have strengths and weaknesses. We all experience success and failure. Ultimately, within each of us, there is beauty and brokenness. And so, this year, we’re invited to reflect on everything about our mom that is beautiful, true, and good.


Movement 1

Think about your mom. For which of your mom’s characteristics are you most thankful? When you think about her, what makes you smile? What are some of your most meaningful memories with your mom?

Spend some time thanking God for your mom and your favorite moments with her.


Movement 2

As you reflect on your mom, in what ways do you see the image of God reflected in her? After all, we are all made in the image of God.

Here are some Scripture passages that may prompt your thinking:

  • Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.—1 John 4:8–9
  • “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born.”—Isaiah 46:3
  • “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”–Jeremiah 32:17
  • “May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”—Ruth 2:12b
  • Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.—Psalm 119:65–66
  • The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.—Deuteronomy 2:7

Spend some time praising God for who He is and the ways your mom displays God’s image.


Movement 3

There are different ways in which you can respond to your reflections. Take some time to consider how you want to respond.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Tell your mom what you appreciate about her character
  • Write your mom a letter expressing your gratitude for specific qualities
  • Write your mom a poem
  • Create a piece of art for your mom
  • Find, write, and learn a Bible verse that helps you to pray for your mom
  • … any other activity that helps you to enrich the life of your mom and give glory to God

Engage in at least one of these activities to help bring your gratitude to life.

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