I HONOR YOU, GOD, AS THE DESIGNER OF MOTHERHOODFather-God, I praise you for your mothering heart—The love which you have for all creation;
You feed the sparrow and provide a cliff for the goat.
You send the sunshine and the rain.
You smile on children of every nation.
Your heart delights in their praises.
Holy Spirit, I praise you for your gracious disposition—You accurately reflect the Father’s heart;
With joy, you continually honor Jesus.
With patience, you convince the skeptic of truth.
With gentleness, you assure the fearful of forgiveness.
With generosity, you give knowledge and wisdom to the humble.
Jesus Christ, I praise you for your profound obedience—The astounding humility which you displayed while on earth;
You knew the heart of the Father.
You trusted him without reservation.
You laid aside your rightful, godly-status.
You lived as a servant and died as a criminal.
Holy Spirit, produce the heart of the God-head in your church, today.So that in union with you we may labor and give birth;
Give us perseverance in our prayers
Give us endurance in our labors
Give us steadfast faith, unwavering hope, and unconditional love
Give us the joy of bringing many into your Kingdom.
ON THIS DAY SET ASIDE TO HONOR MOTHERS, I ASK FOR THESE BLESSINGS:Father-God, I ask you to bless the expectant mothers—Those with children in their wombs;
Show them how to care for their bodies and nourish their unborn child
Let their hearts be filled with peace so their babes feel secure.
Give them discernment in their choices so the life they hold flourishes.
Give them rest when they are weary and protect them from disease and injury.
Father-God, I ask you to bless the mothers whose children are with themThose who are happy, those who are weary, and those who feel teary;
Show them fresh creative ways to express love to their children.
Give them insight to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of each child.
Encourage their hearts with your grace so they discipline with kindness
Let them feel so secure in your love that they never seek their child’s approval
Father-God, I ask you to bless the mothers whose children are missing—Some are prospering, some are staying, and some have been buried;
Holy Spirit, fill each sad and lonely mother-heart with your comforting presence.
Banish their feelings of failure and guilt and assure them of forgiveness.
Give them the faith and energy to persist in their prayers
And bless them with the family and friends they need to support them.
Father-God, I ask you to bless the women who don’t or can’t have children—Those who may feel left out or may be ignored on this holiday:
Holy Spirit, heal their broken hearts and fill them with laughter.
Jesus, bless them so that children are drawn to them as they were to you
Send them the orphans, the wounded, and the so-called “difficult” children
Give them honor in mentoring and joy in seeing the Spirit bring forth new birth.
Father, I bring these requests to you in the blessed name of Jesus;
It is through him, alone, that I have the right to pray.
Knowing that you will answer me in ways far beyond what I can imagine,
I leave them at your throne with gratitude and thanksgiving.
May 10, 2019