“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands…She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family…She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night…She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue…a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:10-30.
There are so many things to say about mothers that it is nearly impossible to do justice to the special, unconditional and unwavering love a mother feels for her child. When we are happy, sad, anxious or just need a listening ear—for many of us—mom fills the bill. The simple truth is no matter how far we go in life or who we know, mothers always hold a special place in our hearts.
Sure mothers get frustrated, disappointed, annoyed and even angry at times. And why not? They are often the disciplinarians, nurses, psychologists, chefs, housekeepers and the voice of reason who have loved us when we were not lovable, stood up for us, encouraged us, cried for and with us, buoyed our spirits, punished us, rewarded us, and stayed up all night praying for us. It is always amusing how as we grow older we have an increasing appreciation for the sacrifices, uncommon love and wisdom of our moms.
On Sunday, May 10, we will recognize and honor all our moms. We know your mother is special, ours are too. That’s why on May 10th we are going to show and express our gratitude for one of God’s greatest gifts to the family. Make plans right now and invite your mother to be with you in a service on this special day.
- Growing up, what was your favorite thing about your mom? Growing up, what was the craziest thing about your mom?
- Instead of honoring the women in our lives only once a year, what are some ways that we can live in constant respect and honor for them that makes them feel valuable, appreciated, and thought of throughout the year?
- How can we best pray for the mothers in our church? With motherhood more challenging than ever, what do they need in the way of prayer support?
- Pray for God to renew and strengthen our mothes and give them hope. Pray that they would flourish, that they would reach their full potential, and for their gifts and abilities to rise to the surface. And pray that they would carry the grace of the Lord to speak life into people they influence.