June 25 – Children, Rise up and Call Mom Blessed!

On Mother’s Day in 1995, when our kiddos were young and we were serving at Antioch Baptist Church in North Carolina, all the moms at church received a beautiful scroll inscribed with the last few verses from the thirty-first Proverb.   The godly woman that we encounter in the last proverb recorded in God’s Story intimidates many women.  She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”  This godly woman could have disheartened, overwhelmed, and intimidated me.  She appears to be somewhat of a Christian Superwoman.  But instead she encouraged me, and she should encourage you too because it is wonderful to learn from a role model like this.

Back then, my kiddos were too young to know or use the word “blessed” but I certainly felt blessed by their hugs and hand-drawn cards.  God does not call mothers to be super-women but daughters of the King, and He wants us to know our true identity in Him.  In the joy and strength that God supplies, we serve our family faithfully, loving our Lord without reserve. How thankful I am to the women in my life, including my own mom, who continually model this kind of beauty.

Proverbs 31:27-29 ESV