Mother’s Day can be a great time to share Messages of Hope with the people in your congregation or local community on your social media pages, during worship, or as a devotion for the various groups that meet at your church during the week.
Many of the Messages of Hope have a corresponding short video that can be viewed online on our website.
‘What’s special about your mum?’, ‘Parenting – finding the fun?’ and ‘How do you grieve when your mum or dad is facing the end of their life?’ are some of the topics that will be featured on Messages of Hope in May. We encourage you to watch and use the following videos and resources in your mission efforts.
What’s special about your mum?
On Mother’s Day, we have an opportunity to remember mothers and show how special mothers are. Watch the Messages of Hope ‘What’s special about your mum?’ on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Ns9wLJNntlI
Parenting – finding the fun
Mothers are special, but loving your kids isn’t always easy. Are you wondering if there is any fun in being a parent? Trips to and from school and sporting events, sleepless nights, juggling schedules – it’s easy to lose focus and miss out on the fun moments. God is like a loving parent who empathises with you. He has lots of love and support to help you through the tough times and enjoy the fun times.
In our free ‘Parenting – Finding the Fun’ booklet, Julie Hahn, mother of three grown-up children, parenting trainer and mentor, has experienced many ups and downs as a parent. She empathises as a non-perfect parent herself and offers her insights and encouragement to inspire you as a parent. Through this booklet, you’ll discover the fun in being a parent.
When preschool ended that day, for the first time ever, I squatted down and held my arms out as wide as I could. My children spread out their arms and ran into mine. I’m glad they knew what to do because it was new to me. But it restored the smile that had gone missing.
For more about finding the fun in your parenting, go to www.messagesofhope.org.au/parenting
Download and order ‘Parenting – Finding the Fun’ at www.messagesofhope.org.au/parenting-finding-the-fun
How do you grieve when your mum or dad is facing the end of their life?
Watch the Message of Hope on this topic at https://youtu.be/r-EUr3pD-qY
There is a free booklet, ‘Take Heart in Your Grief’, available to download, too, at www.messagesofhope.org.au/take-heart-in-your-grief
MESSAGES OF HOPE IN MAY
Beyond the stress
How would a stress-free life look to you? Listen to Celia, her friend Janine, mother of three, and stress counsellor Anna about why it’s so hard to get beyond the stress. Click here to listen.
‘They had already labelled her, never to do anything, never to be able to walk, talk or do anything. But I see the determination in her. I will not let the disability make her be disabled.’ How do you parent a child with a rare genetic disorder? Chris shares her journey with her daughter Rachel and the hope that helps them. Click here to listen.
One foot in heaven, one foot on earth
‘It is every parent’s worst nightmare to receive that phone call. I miss her presence every minute of every day. I seriously wanted to go and knock on his door and say do you realise what you’ve done to our family.’
Annette’s daughter was tragically killed in a car accident. She shares her journey of grief, forgiveness and the hope that keeps her going. Click here to listen.
Losing Mike but keeping hope
‘I remember sitting with Mike and just holding his head in the consultation room, saying, I’m going to fix it. I don’t know how, but I’m going to fix it.’
Mike was receiving treatment for a brain tumour, but after three years, there was a sudden and dramatic change. Jen and her daughter Allie share their journey of losing Mike but keeping hope. Click here to listen.
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