Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Mother Like No Other

A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: "Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!" Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises! (Proverbs 31:10-31, MSG)

It never ceases to amaze me that the God of the Universe cares about little, ol' me! Numerous times throughout the Bible, He shows us how mothers are on His mind and in His heart. In fact, isn't it sweet that God-In-Person, Jesus, made one of his last concerns the earthly care of his own mother?

Many times I've despised that Proverbs 31 woman, labeling her as Mrs. Perfect! But as time goes on, I see that even on our worst of days, we moms display so very many of her characteristics. And it should give us perseverance when we see how our Lord esteems us for the seemingly mundane, unappreciated work of motherhood.

Furthermore, God chose YOU to be the mother of the child or children He has entrusted to your care. I always laugh when people throw that phrase at me, "God never gives us more than we can handle," because I think quite to the contrary! I believe God allows us to be stretched, especially as mothers, so we'll learn to rely fully on Him. But He also combines the right traits, experiences, and talents to make us the ideal parent for that child He's going to bless us with, whether biological or adopted. How amazing that He trusts ME to be the good steward of these little lives!

Now, remember that we can blow it if we don't follow OUR Father in complete trust and obedience! If we don't pray before we act, the results can be less-than-desirable. And certainly, not taking God's word seriously in the "if/then" scenarios He lays out for parents is unwise as well.

This Mother's Day, may we cherish all the blessings we are infused with: God's word, God's guidance, God's esteem and the love of a precious child. What more of a priceless gift could we ask for?!

PRAY: Lord, make me worthy of the job You have called me to -- precious motherhood.

~ Barb Dittrich

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