Monday, 13 May 2013

Mother's Day - A Different Perspective!

I know we as mothers tend to be the ones giving and giving and giving.  Giving of our resources, our time, our energy, our natural hair colour (lol)!  Seriously, I look forward to Mother's Day to get a guilt free cup of tea made for me (smiles)!

This past week I was wondering, as my girls are older, what were they going to do for me this Mother's Day?  I thought, if I get a cup of tea made for me, a hug and a kiss and the desire to be "available" all day, I would be happy.  And my mind kept mulling...

Then a thought came across my mind!  Why not bake up a storm?  Why not instead of just phoning my Mom (I know, not very loving and daughter-like right?) invite her over for lunch.  I thought, I am going to be a blessing this Mother's day, instead of waiting for my kids to bless me, I'm going to bless them.  I felt so inspired, so free, so happy.  I was going to use this opportunity to bless my girls so they go away feeling happy and lucky blessed to be my daughters!

I have been so excited to do just that.  The focus of Mother's day for me, was not on me!  It was on them.  Now I know we daily try to bless our children but in myself it was a mind shift, a perspective change of instead of waiting to be blessed, or expecting nothing so as to not be disappointed (have you done this before?), I chose to bless first.  It felt good.  And in looking to bless them, they blessed me anyway and I was so chuffed!

Cupcake teapot from my girls :)
My point is, an attitude shift, a change in perspective away from ourselves and our needs is certainly freeing. Now I am not trying to say give and give and give some more!  I am just saying that for me, instead of feeling sorry for myself for not being acknowledged for my great sacrifices (sarcasm here), I pre-empted that negativity in me - by blessing!  I feel as though it was a lesson from the Lord to say, if you are feeling sorry for yourself, turn it around and bless someone else!  IT WILL LIFT your heart and joy and peace.

Acts 20 v 35(b):...And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." 

I encourage you today as you acknowledge the Lord's blessing in your life, to bless others, so they see Him too.

God bless
Tracy

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20 comments:

  1. Thanks for the perspective.... You are SO right. :)

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    1. Hi Liesl, so good to see you here. You are such a great blessing to me
      God bless
      Tracy

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  2. Happy Mother's Day Tracy! - I baked up a storm - 4 of 5 boys came by and spent time - maybe there is something in the "I'm going to do" - I do because I don't want the emptiness of those who don't:)

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    1. Hi Maryleigh, I so know what you mean. I want my girls to always want to come back even if its my baking that brings them to start off with :)
      God bless
      Tracy

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  3. A great idea! Glad to hear that you had such a wonderful day.

    Sometimes a change of perspective is the secret to having a full heart!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, it certainly is. It wasnt really about mother's day, it was about my wanting to give instead of receiving. Love where God used the lesson :)
      God bless
      Tracy

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  4. What an inspiring post! Thank you for your refreshing insight and I love the change of perspective.

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    1. Hi Jedidja, thank you, you are so sweet to say so.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  5. I experienced that on mother's day as well-I took my children to the park after breakfast and church because to me, part of celebrating mom's day was well, being a mom! I loved watching my children play and interact with me and others. Wonderful post.

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    1. Hi Dionne, I know right? I think the previous few mother's day I kind of felt sorry for myself. So good to see things differently
      God bless
      Tracy

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  6. WOW that is a wonderful approach to blessing others on your special day. We should do this on our birthday too! Thanks for sharing your story at "Tell Me a Story."

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    1. Hi Hazel, There is a korean family we know who do just that, and give their guests gifts. Certainly turns gift giving into a whole new game.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  7. Love the idea of baking up a storm...but you don't really want me baking. I know I can find many other ways to bless others. I'm feeling inspired! Thank you.

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    1. Hi Beth, lol, I feel that way about "cooking" up a storm. Not my forte for sure. And thank you
      God bless
      Tracy

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  8. Tracy,
    Love this change of perspective. When we look away from ourselves we see God. Thanks for a great post and for linking to Wednesday's Word.
    Blessings,
    Janis www.janiscox.com

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  9. What a different perspective from the self-focused world we live in! How true that as we bless others, we also receive a blessing.Thank you for this reminder today. I was your neighbor at Thought Provoking Thurs. :)
    Blessings,
    Joanne

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  10. Wonderful reminder and perspective. When we serve others, it really changes our heart and expectations. Thank you!

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  11. I find that when (WHEN AND IF) I do that shift in attitude..it really frees me and is so much more in line with God's way for me to walk with joy, peace and true liberty! Amen, Tracy. WHen and If being the operative words. Lord, have mercy!

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  12. Hi Tracey! What an awesome idea...sounds like you had an wonderful Mother's Day! Yes, it is better to give than it is to receive! What is it to us as long as it's showing others the love of Christ! And THAT is what it's all about! Thanks for sharing Tracey! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. I love this Tracy. Actually, one way I overcome sadness when I feel my children have neglected me is to do something thoughtful for my mother in law. My mom is no longer alive, but I always think: well, I probably neglected my mil over the years and she probably felt like I'm feeling today. So I'm going to make her day brighter. And it really makes me feel better as well.

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