May God Settle Us On This Mother’s Day

“The Lord is exalted over all the nations, His glory above the heavens. . . He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.” (Psalm 113:4,9)

Mother’s Day. It’s a mixed bag of emotions depending on your life experiences. Some people will think of their own mother and her precious role in their lives; others will grieve the mother that is no longer here on earth; and some of you will think of the mother you still have here on earth–but who never fulfilled the role of “mom” in the way you dreamed.

Many women will get precious handmade gifts from their little ones; others will sit along and wait for a phone call from their adult child that never comes.

And still, some women will grieve extra hard this day that they are not celebrating being a mom. Perhaps they have not conceived, or they have lost a child. Some will suffer even more silently as they grieve the abortion they had years ago and imagine how old that child would now be.

I celebrate today as a mother because a very special woman gave me her baby through adoption. She looked me in the eyes and said, “I trust you completely.”

God loves us more than we can even imagine. Ephesians 1:5 says, “He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ.” Whatever you are feeling today, be it joy or sorrow, know that you have been adopted by God. He loves us in a way that we cannot even fathom. His love is intense, extraordinary, possessive, and wondrous. We are His. You have done nothing so wrong that God will not claim you as His child.

And scripture tells us that “He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children.” As a woman who dealt with infertility issues, I can say that we are a pretty emotional bunch. To settle us is no easy task. To use the example of settling a barren woman, tells us that nothing is beyond the Lord’s power, and that He can bring comfort in any circumstances, even the hurting heart of one who longs to nurture a child.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be the person You desire for to be and settle me with that peace You speak of in scriptures. Do not leave my side as I experience whatever you have in store for me today, on Mother’s Day.

About the Author:
Lisa Copen has been very blessed to have an amazing mother who is her best friend. She is a mother because another mother surrendered to what she believed was God’s will and gave her child to Lisa and her husband through the gift of adoption. Lisa is currently working on a book for Christian moms who live with chronic illness.

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