May 12, 2019

"Mother": the Badge of Highest Honor

 “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”-- Proverbs 31:28-31 (KJV)

It’s true that every mother doesn’t live up to the ideal woman portrayed in Proverbs 31.  When did she have any time to relax and sleep? This paragon of virtue took care of a house and a vineyard. But, wait! That’s not all! She also cooked, made clothes, and sold her goods. After all that, she unselfishly spoke kind words and donated to charity.

Okay, but where does that leave us regular people? Some of us had rough childhoods. Others may feel their mothering skills are lacking in some areas.

It’s a day for celebrating all mothers, not just the “perfect” ones. We have to accept that we’re all works in progress. Still, motherhood is challenging. All mothers deserve respect.  Let’s look at some ideas on that subject. Mothers…

Give birth to us
Heal our physical and emotional wounds
Emotional backbone of the family
Work hard and make sacrifices
Are forgiving
Support the family
Set up boundaries/rules for our protection
See and hear everything
Have a smile that warms the day
Make their kids functioning adults

Rock the cradle and rule the world
Most influential educators

Partners with God in giving life to another human being

Timeless teachers in the classroom of life

Understand what a child does not say

Teach us to have confidence and belief in ourselves

My Conclusion

Mothers are often there for us when nobody else is. We may be misunderstood, even bullied, outside the home. We can always come back to our protective mother bear.

She is for us. She accepts us.

Do you believe motherhood is the most important job in the world?

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