How To Honor And Bless Your Mom This Mother’s Day

by | May 2, 2021

Words Of Blessing And Thanks For The Mother Figures In Our Lives

If you are wanting some ideas for how to honor and bless your mom this mother’s day, then keep on reading!

I have some words of encouragement for all the moms and mother figures in any of these categories:

  • Mom
  • Grandma
  • Aunt
  • Friend
  • Stepmom
  • Empty Nester
  • Grieving Moms
  • Sister
  • Foster Mom
  • Mentor
  • Spiritual Mom
  • *Women Going Through Infertility

If you’d like some ideas for how to say thank you to any of these amazing women in your life, I have some great words for you!

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mom and young daughter sharing a hug on mother's day

How do I honor and bless my mom?

The following categories contain sample words of thanks and encouragement. I hope these give you ideas for how you could craft your own letters of thanks to the amazing moms and mother figures in your life!

Brand New Moms

Wow, your momming adventure is just beginning! 

It may have been days since your last shower and the sink might be filled with dishes, but you know what?

You are doing it every day, 24/7. 

No one may be thanking you, but your work is not in vain.

Thank you. 

Thank you for loving your child enough to get up during the night for diaper changes and feedings. 

Even though your baby can’t thank you or it seems that you’re drowning in laundry, what you are doing matters. 

Don’t worry about a messy house or having to order takeout frequently. 

Enjoy this season.

Even if you go all day long in your jammy pants and sweatshirt with a crazy messy bun, it’s okay. 

Give yourself grace. 

In the blink of an eye your baby will be heading off to kindergarten, so enjoy the time! 

You can do this too Mama! 

Moms On The Go!

For the moms on the go, your plate can sometimes seem beyond full. 

Between being the carpool queen, dishes and laundry, making lunches for school, coordinating all appointments for your 3 kids, and still managing to have time to spend with your husband, things are absolutely nuts! 

You are wearing all the hats all the time, and you may feel like you have nothing left to give. 

What you ARE giving each day and night to your family matters so much. 

Regardless whether you’ve heard “thank you” in awhile from your kids, I’m thanking you for the work you are putting in each day. 

Being a mom is challenging and exhausting, yet rewarding and beautiful. 

On the days you are running ragged, know that you CAN keep going. 

If you need to put on the TV so you can have a 30 minute break, do it. 

There is no shame in entertaining your children so you can enjoy a cup of coffee or get dinner prepped with no interruptions. 

Keep doing what you’re doing, but don’t be afraid to ask for help from your husband, kids, extended family, or friends. 

Even if your children aren’t saying thank you for all that you do, they are grateful. 

They wouldn’t be able to go to dance class or soccer or be on the basketball team if not for your willingness to carpool them around each week. 

You are seen. You are appreciated. 

Thank you for caring for your family!

Stepmoms

This is an important category for many women, yet one that tends to be overlooked.

Many of you may find yourself in this role.

Thank you for embracing these children and pouring into their lives!

I think the term stepmom can have a negative connotation in our society. Sometimes we have images of the wicked stepmother in Cinderella.

That is NOT the case for most women who have bravely taken on this role!

Happy Mother’s Day to each one of you!

Thank you for stepping into a role that more than likely came with some major adjustments.

Thank you for choosing to love the children that God has placed in your care, regardless of whether they seem grateful all the time.

You may not be super close with your kids at times, but you continue to work on that relationship.

You also might be the most stable mother that these kids have ever known, due to a nasty divorce or a mother that left the family.

Regardless of how you came to have the title of stepmom, thank you for the work that you put into your role and your family each day.

Thank you for wearing a hat that isn’t always easy to wear.

I hope on this Mother’s Day you know how appreciated you are by these precious kids and your husband.

May you be celebrated well!

Single Moms

I cannot even imagine what this would be like. 

How do you do it every day?

You are a superhero. 

However you landed in this role as a single mom, I’m sorry for the losses, griefs, or sadnesses that brought you to this point. 

Thank you for wearing multiple hats for your children so that they can have a great life. 

I also realize that there are some of you who decided, even in your singleness, to be a foster mom or to adopt a child. That’s incredible! 

Thank you for choosing to take on a child during such a hard season of life. 

You are working a job by day, sometimes multiple jobs, and then you’re helping with homework, dinner, and doing other things through the night for your kids. 

And without a husband by your side. 

When the going gets tough there isn’t someone you can tag and say, “It’s your turn!” 

It’s just you. 

You deserve lots of hugs and appreciation, and I’m so thankful for your willingness to keep going even without the applause. 

Just remember: each day is a new day, filled with God’s new mercies. 

If you lost it with your kids the night before because you were so tired, just know that others are going through it as well. 

I am not a single mom but have lost it with my daughter on more than one occasion. Parenting is challenging. 

Apologize to your kids and move on. They are pretty resilient. 

And remember, they are looking to you as a source of stability. 

Keep on going! Your kids are learning so much from you: how to be strong, resilient, a fighter, how to persevere, and the value of hard work. 

Thank you for all that you do each and every day. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!

You are a lifeline to your children.

Empty Nesters

You may not have had kids under your roof for a while, but you are certainly still a Mom. 

Maybe you see your adult kids all the time, and maybe you don’t. 

But you are still a mom. That role sticks forever. 

You think about your kids all the time, wondering if they’re okay or what they’re up to. 

You continue to send cards on birthdays, call for a quick chat, and pray for your kids as if they were still living under your roof. 

Thank you for continuing to love your kids. 

When they hurt, you hurt. When they have a victory, you are cheering for them and celebrating. 

You have never stopped loving them, no matter how far away they are.

Thank you for your commitment to your role even in this phase of life. 

And maybe you have the wonderful joy of being a Grandma, Mimi, Gigi, or Lolli. Amazing! 

It’s not the same as parenting, it’s a whole new ball game. I’ve heard great things about being a Grandma from my own mom. Sounds pretty fun! 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you empty nesters.

Thanks for loving your adult kids and giving them the freedom and confidence to make a difference in the world. 

Much of who they are now is because of the great influence you had on their lives. 

That is definitely worth celebrating! 

Grieving Moms

This is a tough category to name, and an even tougher one to be a part of. 

If you are a grieving mom, then there has been some form of loss in your past. 

Be it a miscarriage, death of a child, or a broken relationship with your child, there are many forms of grief that moms are carrying. 

Maybe you carried the role of Mom for a time, but due to multiple failed pregnancies or the death of an only child, the world doesn’t view you as a mom anymore. 

But you are. 

Your grief may stem from having a broken relationship with your own mom. It’s been years since you’ve talked.

Maybe your mom is no longer with you, whether it just recently happened or it was many years ago.

You just want to call her and hear her voice one more time.

This could also be a crazy season of suffering for you because of extended illness, stress in your marriage, or financial woes.

Due to being so overwhelmed, it’s hard to feel joyful.

Mother’s Day carries both joy AND grief for you. 

That is beyond difficult, and I am so sorry. 

When you see family pictures from Mother’s Day on social media and it makes your heart hurt because your arms feel empty, God sees you. 

He cares about your griefs, losses, and pain. 

Know that on this Mother’s Day, I’m praying for your heart to be comforted.

I’m praying that you experience a peace that surpasses all understanding, that will guard your heart AND your mind in Christ. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Thank you for continuing to put one foot in front of the other in the midst of your suffering. 

Thank you for the days, weeks, months, and years that you’ve never forgotten your child. 

The world may seem to forget, but a mom simply cannot forget. 

The bond is too strong between mother and child. 

You are smiling for pictures while carrying grief in your heart. 

The empty spot at the table is tough to see.

You may go in and out of conversations with family because your mind is scrolling through old memories of what used to be. 

I am so sorry for your grief and pain. 

On this Mother’s Day, you are not forgotten. 

You are seen, heard, cared for, and loved. 

Happy Mother’s Day to each of you. 

Spiritual Moms

Happy Mother’s Day to the spiritual moms and foster moms, the women who may not have birthed biological children to parent, but have played the role of Mom to many. 

Thank you for choosing to mentor kids who may not have a good role model at home. 

Thank you for choosing to invest in young people’s lives.

If you and your husband have taken on the role of foster parents, thank you for stepping into a role that many people shy away from. 

Your willingness to parent and love kids who may only be there for a short time, speaks volumes of your commitment to children. 

Although you may not have the official title of Mom, you have played that role many times over. 

Thank you for not growing bitter in your singleness, but channeling your strengths to impact kids’ lives for the better. 

Your impact on the next generation does not go unnoticed and is so appreciated! 

Thank you to all the mentors and spiritual moms out there. You are beautiful souls. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you! 

For My Fellow Sisters Going Through Infertility

*If you know someone going through infertility, Mother’s Day can be a very rough day for them. It’s one they would give anything to celebrate, but can’t. Getting a letter of encouragement from someone who acknowledges their pain can be very life-giving. Here are some heartfelt words as an example.

I know that Mother’s Day can be extremely hard for women in this position.

There is a huge focus on blessing moms from the pulpits in churches, and not a lot of thought to those struggling to become moms.

This should not be!

For my sisters who are trudging through infertility and are longing, hoping, and praying for your mom dreams to be realized, I am so sorry.

Mother’s Day is rough.

Many of you may have been pregnant multiple times, but have never been able to carry the pregnancy to term.

Some of you have yet to see a positive test.

Hopeful seasons dashed by loss.

Whether this means anything or not, I am praying for you.

I am praying that your heart will somehow be filled with hope, and that one day your dreams will be realized.

I see you and I care about your pain, but more importantly, God sees you and He cares.

My hope is for society and the church to improve greatly on reaching out more to women struggling with infertility, and to acknowledge your grief and pain on Mother’s Day.

I will be thinking of all hopeful moms-to-be on Sunday.

Popular Mother’s Day Quotes

When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.

Mitch Albom

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

Abraham Lincoln

A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.

Cardinal Meymillod

In Closing

Thanks to every person who has taken the time to read this! 

I know that one of the greatest ways to bless the mother figures in our lives is to name the ways they’ve blessed us and say thank you

Hopefully you can walk away from this post with some awesome ideas to honor and bless the moms in your life!

And if you are a mom yourself, be encouraged in your role, and continue to shine bright into your child’s life in the best ways you know how. 

Happy Mother’s Day to you!

Lisa 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” ~Romans 15:13

Cover Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels

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40 Comments

  1. Kait

    This is so wonderful! I am not a mom (just pets here!) but there are so many moms in my life, not just my own, who are so important to me. I love how you included those struggling with infertility, as well. It can be a lonely thing to go through.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks for your encouraging words Kait! I’m glad you have so many important moms in your life to love and appreciate. =)

  2. Gloria

    Aww this was great! Appreciation goes a long way.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      All moms need to be appreciated!

  3. Marcy

    Thanks Lisa for making me feel so appreciated for being a mother!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      You’re welcome Marcy. I’m glad you felt the love!!!

  4. Brandy

    This is an amazing post❤ I shared on my FB blog page. Thank you for this

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Brandy, and thank you for sharing the article! I hope many moms are encouraged by these life-giving words!

  5. Adelaide

    Lisa, this is absolutely my favorite post I’ve read this week! You give such special care and attention to so many different types of nurturers and so many of these women are forgotten on Mother’s Day! And I agree that the church seems to only remember the traditional moms most years.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Adelaide, I appreciate your encouraging words so much! I’m glad it lifted your spirits. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  6. Yolanda

    Don’t forget stepmoms! I’m a full-time stepmom (since my youngest was 4, now 15) who has infertility (and stopped trying) and I am grateful every day that I can have beautiful boys in my life. Being a stepmom who can’t conceive has very unique emotions and challenges but this had made me into the best stepmom ever!!! Happy Mother’s Day!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Totally an oversight Yolanda, thank you so much for bringing that to my attention. I will go back to the post and add stepmoms into the mix. You’re right, they are so important.

  7. Genesis

    I’ve never heard the term “spiritual mom” before and I love it! I’m going to start using that from now on. These letters were wonderful!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      I’m so glad you were encouraged by the letters! Spiritual moms have played a huge role into who I am today. Glad you have that new term in your vernacular!

    • Lisa

      So glad it lifted your spirits! Keep being an awesome Mama!

  8. Taffy

    thank you so much. i appreciate it. i am a busy stay at home mom and i just needed to hear these encouraging words.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      You’re welcome Taffy! We all need this because being a mom can be so overwhelming at times.

  9. simplyjolayne

    Amen to all. Being a Mom is hard work 24/7.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      It is indeed. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  10. Kelly Bolen

    This is a wonderful acknowledgement of what all moms do! Thank you!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      You’re welcome Kelly. I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  11. Juliet

    Thank you for the inspiration

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Happy to inspire, Juliet! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

    • Lisa

      You’re welcome Cyndi!

  12. Linda Egeler

    Love these great sentiments for Mother’s Day. I particularly like the ideas for Moms who are grieving. It can be so hard to find the right words, and you have done this beautifully!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Linda! I appreciate your encouraging and thoughtful words. Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  13. Nicole Anderson

    What a truly wonderful open letter! This really illustrates so well what mothers are, what they go through and provides some appreciation of the many things we all have to be thankful for. I hope all mothers can be made to feel as special as we know they are on Mothers Day.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks for your encouraging words Nicole! I’m glad your spirits were lifted, and I hope that every mother feels special this Mother’s Day!

  14. Courtney

    As always, your posts are so great. This one is one of my favorites I think. It is always good for moms to be reminded that they are doing great work.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Courtney. I agree, we need to be encouraged because it’s so easy as a mom to feel deflated and not good enough. Glad you were encouraged!

  15. Freya

    This is such a lovely thoughful post, and expresses sentiments that a gift can’t.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Freya for your kind comments!

  16. Rachel

    What a beautiful post. Thank you for recognizing all moms.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      You’re welcome Rachel! So glad you were encouraged. =)

  17. Heather Kemp

    This is such a sweet post! Will definitely be incorporating some of these into my everyday conversations with my mom 🙂

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Heather! I’m glad you were encouraged and that you can pass some of these words along to your own mom. =)

  18. Anne

    Thank you so much for writing this! It was something I needed to hear as a busy and soon to be working mom myself. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      I’m so glad it was the timely encouragement you needed! Keep up the great work Anne. Your family appreciates you. =)

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