Sunday, May 11, 2014

In Praise of Mother - May 11, 2014

Proverbs 31:1,10-31 (New Living Translation)
1 The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message, which his mother taught him.
10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife(and mother)? She is more precious than rubies.11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

13 She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. 14 She is like a merchant’s ship,bringing her food from afar.

15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.

18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,her fingers twisting fiber. 20 She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

21 She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. 22 She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.

23 Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders. 24 She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. 26 When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.

27 She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:

29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. 31 Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

This Mother's Day, let's take time to reflect on the mothers in our lives and give them the praise and honor that they are due. They do a thankless job raising children in a very difficult world, yet all of us who follow the Lord can probably thank our moms for reflecting the heart of God and the love of Jesus to us.

I would like to thank my wife for always living out the example of the Proverbs 31:10-31 woman that is shown to us in the verses above, and I want to especially thank her for being that example to our beautiful daughters. I pray that she knows how much we all love her, and that we show her our love daily. To my own mother, I would like to thank her for her love, and teaching me how to be a good son.

Let us all not only honor the mothers in our lives on this day, but throughout the year. If you are a mom, I pray that God blesses you and rewards you for the sacrifice, devotion and caring you always give us.

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