Happy Mothers’ Day: A Little Help to Rise Up & Call Them Blessed

Posted: May 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Mother’s Day is a beautiful day of recognition as mothers in our country are being honored. As a follower of Christ I am reminded that our wise God made mothers to fulfill one of the most challenging endeavors known to man:

  • Raising up children who would thank, love, and honor their Creator.
  • Loving their husbands in such a manner that brings glory to her heavenly Father.

They are called to do all this with the current lifestyles that permeate through our Western culture that make this at times seem an extremely difficult task. No doubt, such a tall task of motherhood can challenge the faith of the best of Moms. I hope you will take the time to honor your mother and/or the mother of your children and I have included some helps for just that.

If you are a mom reading this then I pray that your children will “rise up and call you blessed.” (Proverbs 31:28)

As a reminder, let us show compassion and consider for some Mothers’ Day doesn’t feel like a celebration. Noel Piper has helped here with her article:  When Mothers Day Isn’t a Celebration.

Of course the Bible shows many accounts of faithful mothers but there is no place quite like Proverbs to see the task examined and exalted:

Proverbs 6:20-22 – My son, keep your father’s command, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching. Always bind them to your heart; tie them around your neck. When you walk here and there, they will guide you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; when you wake up, they will talk to you.

Proverbs 23:22-25 – Listen to your father who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. Buy—and do not sell—truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly, and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him. Let your father and mother have joy, and let her who gave birth to you rejoice

Proverbs 29:15 – A rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a youth left to himself is a disgrace to his mother

Proverbs 31:10-12 – Who can find a capable wife? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good. She rewards him with good, not evil, all the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:28-29 – Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her: “Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!”[1]

Here are some helpful quotes on motherhood:

“I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England.”

John Wesley

“The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies. A true mother is one of the holiest secrets of home happiness. God sends many beautiful things to this world, many noble gifts; but no blessing is richer than that which He bestows in a mother who has learned love’s lessons well, and has realized something of the meaning of her sacred calling.”

J.R. Miller  in Secrets of Happy Home Life, 1894.

“(Mothers), our daughters will be products of their theology. Their knowledge – or lack of knowledge – of who God is and what He has done for them will show up in every attitude, action, and relationship. Their worldview will be determined by their belief system. We must teach our daughters that their value and identity lie in the fact that they are image-bearers of the God of glory. This will protect them from seeking significance in the inconsequential shallowness of self-fulfillment, personal happiness, materialism, or others’ approval. Our daughters must know the wondrous truth that their overarching purpose in life is God’s glory.”

Susan Hunt  Taken from: Biblical Womanhood in the Home by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Crossway, 2002, p. 150.

 “God graciously puts [common] love in the hearts of all mothers. Society is better because of it. But add Christ to that, and you have something far richer. Only a Christian mom can love that child “for Christ’s sake,” and “as unto the Lord.” Only a Christian mom can show her child what it means to be a true believer in Christ. Only a Christian mom can pray effectively for her child. Only a Christian mom can teach her children the truth about Jesus. Only a Christian mom can teach her kids what marriage is all about, even when times are difficult. And only a Christian mom can die as a lover of Christ, contentedly anticipating eternity in the house of her heavenly father.”

Jim Elliff in She Loved It, Christian Communicators Worldwide, www.CCWtoday.org. Used by Permission.

“Wives are not the only ones instructed to respect their husbands. Children are told to honor their fathers (Ephesians 6:2-3). If you are disrespectful to your husband, your children will likely acquire the same attitude. It will be much more difficult for them to honor their father if you are belittling him and speaking to him in a harsh, sarcastic tone of voice.”

Martha Peace  The Excellent Wife, Focus Publishing Incorporated, p. 114.

“To be a mother is by no means second class. Men may have the authority in the home, but the women have the influence. The mother, more than the father, is the one who molds and shapes those little lives from day one.”

John MacArthur in Successful Christian Parenting, 1998, p. 194.

“She has a more influential and powerful role than any political, military, religious or educational figure. Her words are never fully forgotten. If you were blessed with a good mother, you will enjoy the advantages for the rest of your days. If your mother neglected you and her responsibilities, unfortunately the impact is almost certainly still felt today. Whether it’s good or whether it’s evil, a mother’s impact is permanent. A child’s mother is arguably the most influential figure in their life, giving credence to the old adage: the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”

Author Unknown

“Motherhood is not disparaged in biblical teaching; contrary to many in modern society, it is held up as the woman’s highest calling and privilege.”

Andreas Kostenberger
God, Marriage and Family, Crossway, 2004, p. 120.

“What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.”

Henry Ward Beecher

“After years of society belittling the calling of motherhood, something wonderful is happening – something wonderfully counter-cultural! In the midst of the anti-life, anti-motherhood philosophies which pervade the culture, there is a new generation of young ladies emerging whose priorities are not determined by the world’s expectations of them. They have grown up in homes where fathers shepherd them, where children are not merely welcome, but where they are deeply loved. Some of these women have been home educated, which means that many of them have grown up around babies and their mothers. They have learned to see motherhood as a joy and a high calling, because their parents see it that way. And when asked about their future, these girls know their own minds. These are the future mothers of the Church. Young women who are not afraid to say that the goal of all of their education and training is to equip them to pursue the highest calling of womanhood, the office of wife and mother.”

Author Unknown
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Motherhood in America, May 9, 2008, Vision Forum Ministries

[1] Thanks to Thom Rainer for the Proverbs list.

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  1. […] also praises her: “Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!” We may do that well on Mother’s Day weekend but how are we doing a honoring and praising them now that we are  a couple of weeks past […]

  2. […] Day and beat down dads on Father’s Day.  No one should question a mother’s worth and we should “rise up and call them blessed” at the same time we must emphasize that healthy children ideally come from healthy families where […]

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