Mother’s Day was celebrated on Sunday. It is always a time that I am happy about, but I also approach it with a heart heavy for the women who may be hurting.
I posted this on my FB page on Sunday morning. Based on the likes and shares – it is a feeling felt by many women.
“To all the women who have lost babies too soon…I honor you today.
To the women who desperately want children but can’t for some reason…I honor you today.
To the women who have wayward children and spend today in worry….I honor you today.
To the women who work full time outside of the home help care for their family….I honor you today.
To the single mother who struggles to make ends meet….I honor you today.
To the stay at home moms who don’t always feel valued or appreciated….I honor you today.
Mother’s Day isn’t always a happy day for some and my prayer is that we would lift up women in prayer today. Remembering that there are women hurting on the inside and seek to encourage them in a special way today!!”
Having gone through my own miscarriage and loss and having dealt with years of infertility…I know the heartache that the journey to motherhood can bring.
As hard as I felt my own individual journey was, the reality is there are women struggling who are dealing with some really unimaginable situations.
One of my favorite non-profits is Mercy House Global.
Kristen Welch is the real deal. A woman who’s heart was broken for the mothers in Kenya, Kristen started the Mercy House as a place of refuge for young, unwed pregnant mothers.
Giving them a place to stay, education and skills training so that they could have sustainable employment in the future, Kristen saw these women as the priceless treasure that they were.
So often we just turn our eyes away.
The reality of rape, abortion, unwed pregnant teens in extreme poverty….well it can seem like too much to handle. How could one person make a difference?
But through organizations like Mercy House I have discovered that I CAN make a difference. I can be involved without going to Africa myself. By purchasing products from Fair Trade Friday, I am buying products from women who are finally being given an opportunity to be employable and take care of their own families.
With each product I am reminded that these beautiful women are priceless.
My family spoiled me this Mother’s Day and now it is my turn to honor another women.
The “She is Priceless” campaign is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of oppressed women.
Mercy House is one of 5 non-profits that is joining in this movement. Today I am wearing this beautiful pearl necklace and earrings in honor of every woman who has lived in oppression.
Would you join me today in spreading the word about this campaign? You could put on a pearl necklace of your own and take a selfie with #putonyourpeaarls, and share it on social media. Or consider taking your lunch money, or latte cash for the day and donating it to one of the five organizations on the She is Priceless webpage.
And please be in prayer for the mama’s out there that are hurting. Let us not forget that every woman, no matter their story or background, is priceless.