The Kind of Mother We All Need

“She is a woman of strength and dignity and has no fear of old age. When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says.”

Strength and dignity. She is strong and she is worthy of respect. Not in a demanding way, but in a you-can’t-help-but-show-her-that kind of way. The very manner in which she lives designates that she is someone to honor in all the things you do.

She knows what you need when you don’t have a clue. She knows how to handle the situations when you’re at a loss. And she handles it with grace. With kindness.

She watches carefully all that goes on throughout her household and is never lazy. Her children stand and bless her; so does her husband. He praises her with these words: “There are many fine women in the world, but you are the best of them all!”

She plays a role that no one can fill or replace, a role specifically designed for her alone. And she tends to this role endlessly, tirelessly. Her love, her work ethic, her dedication knows no bounds.

Charm can be deceptive and beauty doesn’t last, but a woman who fears and reverences God shall be greatly praised. Praise her for the many fine things she does. These good deeds of hers shall bring her honor and recognition from people of importance.”

First and foremost, she exudes her love for the Lord. She makes it so that her family has no room to doubt the root of her faith. She understands the extent in which the Lord asks us to climb, and she holds him in esteem because of it.

And because of all this, because of the so many great and wonderful things that she is, she deserves to be praised. She deserves to be recognized and delighted in and celebrated.

Proverbs 31: 25-31 (TLB)

Mothers like this, it almost sounds too good to be true. But, me? I’m fortunate enough to know it isn’t. Because there isn’t a single verse in the description of a Proverbs 31 woman that my mother doesn’t exemplify. Her work is never done, day or night. She is the wisest of wise, the first person I go to with matters of the heart. She gives advice founded solely on what she believes is most like Christ. She breathes kindness, she extends love to all. She helps those in need, and is praised by those who love her. Y’all, she’s even made us clothing before.

This is the mother that I pray you have, and this is the mother that I pray I become one day.

Happy Mother’s Day, because you ladies deserve more than one day! Special shout out to the mothers in my life, my mother, Teresa, Grandma, Mameme, Jill, MeeMaw and my soon-to-be a mother sister, Melissa. Love you ladies and so thankful for the example you set for me!


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