Happy Mother’s Day – Holding You Together

A few years ago, I was given the unique privilege of leading a Mother’s Day gathering at our church in Atlanta, GA. That week I decided to sit down to try to write a song I could share that might capture how I feel about my own mother and all the other special women in my life who are mothers too…

Where to start? There was plenty to say and sing about my Mama…she’s the most merciful, kind, full of strength and dignity kind of woman…I could go on and on. I’ve called her “blessed” my whole life and singing it to her would be even more of a thrill. Then, there’s all the other mothers in my life…sister-in-laws, friends, mentors, beautiful women that God has blessed me with left and right. Each of them carrying what can sometimes seem like the weight of the world…yet they make it look so beautiful all the while.

There I sat, jotting down thoughts, blessings, prayers…such crazy-love and respect for all these ladies. Staring out the window, I tried out several different lyrics and melodies but could feel my eyes starting to get heavy. I entertained the thought that maybe I could just lay my head down for just a few minutes to get in a quick power nap. See, we mothers know that when given the rare moment to sit anywhere in the afternoon, the “motherload” simply catches up with you. I folded my arms across the piano keys and dropped my weary head into them…and that’s when I heard Him sing…

I see You, even though you think I don’t see you,
I see all your hard work, how you mend everything
But you don’t have to do that here…

I lifted my head…well, my Father did. I begin to play the notes and as I played, I sang. Eventually the singing turned to sobs with each word and note as they came together, literally in just a matter of minutes. It was a very rare moment in my songwriting life. God, the original singer (Zephaniah 3:17) started singing over me. He became the artist and He put the words in my mouth that every mama needs to hear, including this mama…

See I love you, even more than you know I love you
And sometimes I like to go to extremes just to show you
That I am ever with you now.
I see every sigh in the morning
I hear every cry in the night
And I hold all your prayers like incense before Me now…

I’m holding you together
I’m holding you together
Like glue and like mortar, every seam, every corner
My love covers you…

I know you, even more than yourself, I know you
‘Cause I’m the One who placed all those dreams in your heart
So you could bring Me glory…
I know what it’s like when you’re hurting
This labor of love that you choose,
But long before you were a mother, I labored for you…

I’m holding you together
I’m holding you together
Like glue and like mortar, every seam, every corner
My love covers you

And I am here for always,
I am here for always
Like a boat out on the water, headed for the harbor
With you in the storm…
I’m holding you together…
I’m holding you together…”

I realized that there was nothing to do in that moment but just receive it. I opened my heart and took in every word as a Mother’s Day gift over my own life. I also realized that it needed to be given away…a gift to mothers everywhere who might just need to hear today that God sees you, He loves you, He knows you, He’s with you and He’s holding you together…(Colossians 1:16-17)

So from one mother to another…

Happy Mother’s Day



5 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day – Holding You Together”

  1. Thank you for freely sharing this gift from the Holy Spirit with us! Everyone needs to be encouraged and reminded just how loved we are by our Heavenly Father! This song is such a blessing to me!!!!

  2. Dana Castorena

    This is amazing! What a beautiful gift to you & us all from our Great Father!! I’ve been a follower for 13 years, I’m almost 31 & I’ve had the privilege of leading worship and bring the women’s ministry director and I had never even considered writing a song. Then, last week as I was studying the life of David & Psalm 142, these words came flowing to me, overwhelming!!! I knew it was the sweet Holy Spirit, because nothing in my flesh could do that. It was written in less than an hour. I can’t read or play music, so I can’t do music with it yet, but, my God is great, and there’s purpose for His song, even if it’s only for me one day in the future! To HIM be all the glory!! Thank you for sharing!! God bless you!

  3. Christy,
    Thank you for this generous, tenderhearted gift you are sharing with moms on Mother’s Day weekend!
    Becoming a mom has been a desire of my heart since I was a little girl playing with my dolls. Yep.
    When I grew up and married, it seemed I would never be able to conceive…going through fertility treatments and having a miscarriage.
    But GOD, in His perfect timing blessed me with the delightful surprise that I was pregnant and sweet baby Grace was born! What a gift she is!
    And then surprisingly, 3 1/2 years later I was pregnant again! But there was a miscarriage and tremendous grief.
    But GOD, four months later I discovered was pregnant… with Mary! People told us we should have spelled her name Merry. 🙂
    My hubs and I are empty nesters now. By the grace of God our daughters are gorgeous inside and out and are passionately serving Jesus with their hearts and gifts.
    And this mother’s heart has never stopped rejoicing that God has given me one of the greatest desires of my heart.
    I’m a Mom!
    Thank you, Christy, for gathering moms everywhere to celebrate the goodness of our God … With the beauty of your music.
    God bless you, Sister, and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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