Meet Cheryl Barker, a fellow blogger, author, and sweet friend who has written a truly beautiful and practical book for mothers of a bride. For your chance to win a signed copy of her book, Mother of the Bride—Refreshment and Wisdom for the Mother of the Bride. please follow the instructions at the end of her guest post. Here’s Cheryl:
As women, we all face seasons when we need extra prayer support. Whether we’re starting a new job, going back to school while raising our families, handling life as a new mom, facing illness, or balancing the needs of our aging parents and our kids, certain times of life find us needing the prayers of our friends and family in increased measure.
One of those times—the Mother of the Bride season—commences as soon as our darling daughters get engaged. Yes indeed, mothers of the bride need prayer. And they need it on a regular basis throughout the wedding planning months.
Most mothers of the bride are not event planners by trade, yet they find themselves helping plan the biggest events they’ve ever planned in their lives. The increased demand on their time and energy along with the regular stresses of everyday life creates a huge need for prayer that many of us may not be aware of unless we’ve lived the MOB role ourselves.
The Bible tells us that “two are better than one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV), and this principle certainly applies to mothers of the bride and their need for various kinds of support—prayer included. When tasks are piled higher than the ceiling and anxious feelings creep in, mothers of the bride need to know that not only are they pouring out their hearts to God about their challenges and fears but that others have their backs in prayer as well.
While helping plan my girls’ weddings, I regularly asked my sisters, my mom, and my best friends for their ongoing prayer support. After all, during the months of wedding planning, mothers of the bride need wisdom for a host of decisions. In addition, MOBs need God’s blessing in finding the best deals available, and they need his help in securing all the items they need to make their little girls’ dreams come true. An MOB also needs prayer for physical and emotional stamina as well as for handling any tension that comes up with the bride and groom or others involved in the wedding in any way.
And sometimes an extra need for special prayer may unfold. An MOB you know may be hit with a family crisis in the last few days or weeks before the wedding. Or one of the vendors may go out of business at the last minute. Or maybe Wedding Weekend is upon her and she’s feeling anxious and in need of peace.
That kind of general unease hit me a couple of days before my daughter Kelli’s wedding so I called on my good friend Teri for the extra prayer support I needed. It helped just sharing my fears with someone. And she was happy to help during such an important time in my life.
Let’s be the kind of friends and family who stand ready to help the mothers of the bride in our lives. Let’s offer that prayer support they need. Let’s ask God to strengthen them for their many tasks, to be their ever present rock and provider, and to bless them with wonderful wedding celebrations. Let’s have their backs!
“Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant . . .” Nehemiah 1:11a NIV
*Along with prayer, what else might we do to help mothers of the bride?
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Cheryl Barker loves to refresh spirits and nourish souls. She is the author of Mother of the Bride—Refreshment and Wisdom for the Mother of the Bride. You may find her inspirational blog, her Mother of the Bride Blog, and info about her book at cherylbarker.net. More info about her book can also be found at MotheroftheBridebook.com/. Cheryl would love to connect with you via the social media buttons on her website as well!