01 Oct The Proverbs 31 Mum
“No piled-up wealth, no splendor of material growth, no brilliance of artistic development, will permanently avail any people unless its home life is healthy …
No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night” … President Theodore Roosevelt, speaking to the National Congress of Mothers.
Like any other mother, it’s easy for You to grow discouraged during the day-to-day grind of fixing meals and settling arguments and playing games and reading stories and running errands. So often I’ve heard other mothers say, “I’m tired I need a break.”
But the reality is that You are not just meeting physical needs. Even when You do not realize it, You are spending your days building character.
Dear mum, your children learn that there is a right and wrong, and that those who do wrong are punished.
They learn that God is real, that He is a personal God with whom we can communicate.
They learn that the Bible is truly the Word of God, able to speak to us today.
When You make a mistake and blame the children for something they didn’t do, and you realize it, your children learn that a mother can be humble enough to ask their forgiveness.
When they see You give their dad a kiss as he walks into the house at the end of a work day, they see how a wife loves and honours her husband.
They watch as You reach out to neighbours and friends. They learn about mercy and compassion through your interactions.
When You give them responsibilities around the house, they (grudgingly and slowly) learn about perseverance and doing a job right.
Your children learn to tell the truth, because their mother doesn’t lie to them or tolerate lies from them.
They learn that many of the things the world says are important (such as acquiring money and possessions, and gaining power) are actually temporal and meaningless because You teach them far greater values.
Of course, Your children don’t realize that as their mom You are teaching them all these things. They will eventually make their own choices about their lives. But Your hope is in the truth revealed in Proverbs 22:6, that if You “train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
You are an excellent wife and mother, your worth is far more precious than jewels.
Praying we all have a fulfilled month ahead.