If you’ve never researched the history of Mother’s Day, it would be worth your time to do so. It might interest you to know that the woman credited for Mother’s Day being established as a national holiday was never married and was never a mother. She simply wanted to acknowledge and celebrate the sacrifices that mothers, including her own, made for their children.

Mother’s Day has a become one of the most popular American holidays and results in more phone calls than any other day of the year. But, don’t let all the festivities fool you. This Mother’s Day there will be women among you who will be wearing smiles, but under that happy face is a sad, restless heart. There will be women among you wishing they had a mother worth dedicating a national holiday to, and there will be women among you wishing they had children of their own that would one day rise and call them blessed.

This Mother’s Day, take a moment to survey the women around you. You may or may not know each of their personal stories, but you can be sure they each need prayer. My hope is that the following 15 examples will give you insight as to what the women around you might be experiencing this Mother’s Day. And may this serve as a reminder that no flower, card, or gift will benefit those around us as much as our prayers.

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