“Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over 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:”
Proverbs 31:25-28 NKJV
We call her blessed
Happy Mother’s day to all those who are with us, and all those who have gone on before, being great witnesses of the glory and faithfulness of the Lord.
In the twilight of my life, I pause often to thank the Lord for the awesome mothers He has placed in my life. I think of my late Grandmother Watson, a four time widow, blessed and provided for by three husbands after the death of the first, who was constant example of faith, that I was able to behold with my own eyes.
Then there was my mother, my forerunner in prayer, who lifted up her kids and her husband daily, providing us coverage. I tell you the truth, I do not know what my life would be like, had she not been interceding on my behalf. It is said that mothers know their children, and my mother definitely knew me, for even as I tried to hide all the horrors that had befallen me in my life, she knew.
She was the epitome of the proverbs thirty one woman, for she exemplified faith in my sight, as I saw her reading her bible, constantly praying and singing hymns around the house. She was one for whom this faith was an anchor, for her life was a stormy sea. She was buffeted by mental illness, and struggled greatly, but she trusted her Redeemer.
She was not a woman of the world, not driven by the flesh, nor oriented toward her own ambitions, but driven by the need to care for her family and point her children toward God. She had a heart not unlike Hannah, for she delighted in knowing God, even in the face of affliction.
“And Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation. “No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.”
I Samuel 2:1-2 NKJV
On this Mother’s Day, I feel a deeper thought, for we are living in a time when the very institution is under attack, as the world seeks to redefine the very concept. I am reflecting on my own mother all the more, for I am afraid that she was a rare breed in these days when so many, in and out of the church, have forfeited the obligation of holiness, to become more like the world.
Brothers and sisters, particularly you sisters, you have been given the most powerful of ministries, for you are the one who is the foundation of the family. In these darkening days, it has become more clear that the devil, the liar and destroyer of old, is attacking women, especially mothers.
He knows that if he can corrupt the mothers of this world, he can take the family. He is using the same method he used in the garden.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.””
Genesis 3:1-5 NKJV
The devil acted on the delight of the woman, offering her all the temptations common to all humans, and brought the whole of creation down. He is still at, and we are seeing the fruit of his efforts everywhere. The curse that God placed on Eve in the aftermath of the fall has so many implications that the evil one is pressing into service in these late days.
Whether it be feminism, domestic violence, the LGBTQ agenda in general, or the misogyny of transgenderism, he is launching a full scale attack. It is essential that each of you be as the woman in proverbs thirty one, for there is no hope otherwise.
Likewise, it is also essential for husbands to be as the Lord has instructed, for you, having been ordained as the leader of the family, must do so as a servant, leading by example as you serve your wives as sisters in Christ, and servants of the Lord.
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
Ephesians 5:22-27 NKJV
“So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.”
Ephesians 5:28 NKJV
We are in a time when all the foundations are crumbling, especially those regarding the family.
I am eternally thankful for the women that the Lord has given to bless me and lead me. I remember standing at the grave of my grandmother, rejoicing and thanking her for her witness, for she had contributed to my new life.
Bless you mothers, for you have been given great power, and through you can come great blessing. Magnify the Lord before your children!
“And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.”
Luke 1:46-50 NKJV
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31:30-31 NKJV
HAVE A BLESSED MOTHER’S DAY!
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Your mother was a beautiful woman, inside and out. I praise God for your testimony of her.