For Mother's Day (at least in certain parts of the world) we thought we'd do something different this year. Here's a list of "GC-approved Mother's Day Gifts" submitted by one of our awesome readers, Ally.
Amid growing concerns that Adventist men and women may be tempted by the numerous ads encouraging gifts of jewelry and wine for mothers, the General Conference has released a list of approved gifts just in time for Mother’s Day:
They may not be tasty, but they sure are healthy! Carob-covered strawberries will tell your mother you not only love her, but you also care about her health and well-being, though perhaps not her taste buds.
Adult Coloring Books for Christians
Adult coloring books are all the rage right now, but when perusing the many options this Mother’s Day, it’s important to make sure you choose wisely. Any coloring book that seems to promote mythical or mystical elements should be avoided at all costs. Those with Bible verses or hymn quotes or those that depict Biblical scenes are acceptable.
Bible Verse Scarf
Scarves offer a great alternative to jewelry and the GC would like to see more women using these approved accessories to promote important Bible passages that will inspire all those around them. Why buy your mother a beautiful scarf when you can buy her a virtuous one?
A New Crockpot
Is your mother still cooking potluck dishes in a crockpot from the '70s? A new crockpot is a thrifty gift for the budget-minded individual who doesn’t have a lot to spend but wants to encourage those tasty potluck dishes to continue now and in the future.
Proverbs 31 Artwork
Give your mother some aspirational artwork this Mother’s Day. The GC specifically recommends Proverbs 31-inspired art so your mother can be daily encouraged by her sacred duties.
Anti-Women’s Ordination Book
With the fervor over women’s ordination showing no signs of stopping, Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to gift the women in your life with a book that affirms the GC’s clear stance on this issue.
Ellen G. White Complete Collection
Though pricey, there’s no better way to say “I love you” to your mother than with a complete collection of Ellen G. White’s writing. Though the GC would hope that every good Adventist mother already owns a complete collection, they recognize that this may not be the case, and would like to recommend that sons and daughters help rectify that this Mother’s Day.
While admitting this is not an exhaustive list, the GC expressed that a strict adherence to said list would still be in everyone’s best interest. Regarding the approved gifts, Dimitar Majka, General Conference Vice President of Family and Relationship Oversight, stated, “Each gift has been thoroughly vetted by our Family Oversight Study Committee (FOSC) and we think the list provides a variety of Adventist-appropriate options that any mother would feel delighted to receive, while also reminding her of her God-given duties to her family and her church.”
Special thanks to Ally for the guest post.