Happy Mother's Day!
Whether we are mothers ourselves or are daughters, I would like to talk about the influence that we have as women.
We don't have to look very far as we see in the book of Genesis that Eve, the first woman, greatly influenced her husband to do something the Lord told them not to do. How important it is that we walk in the fear of the Lord and walk according to His Word!
Proverbs 31 is a beautiful picture of what the Lord is shaping us into, so we need not avoid this chapter as many women might, who feel inadequate compared to this Proverbs 31 woman.
We all need an older godly woman who we look to as a mentor, just like Mary the mother of Jesus had Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist. We also need a younger woman that we can pour into.
In an article called “Mothers, the Maker of Men,” we learn that every great man in history was influenced by a God-fearing woman, who faithfully taught him the Scriptures and who practiced what she preached. Consider this - why does my grandson love to eat salad? Because he sees his mother loving hers!
Abraham Lincoln talked about his mother, who read him the Scriptures at a very young age. Susanna Wesley, whose two sons became the famous John and Charles, selected the Bible as the first book her children would ever read. Suzanne Edwards, wife of the famous 18th century clergyman Jonathan Edwards, was another mother who displayed this sort of vital interest in developing her children in the ways of the Lord. Many of them went on to become college presidents, professors, lawyers, judges, and holders of public office, even a vice president of the United States. In each case, as busy as these mothers were without any modern conveniences like dishwashers and washing machines, these mothers took time to teach their children!
Theodore Roosevelt said:
When all is said and done, it is the mother, and the mother only, who is a better citizen than the soldier who fights for his country. … The mother who does her part in rearing and training aright the boys and girls who are to be the men and women of the next generation, is of greater use to the community, and occupies, if she only would realize it, a more honorable as well as more important position than any man in it. She is more important, by far, than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.
The successful mother, the mother who does her part in rearing and training the boys and girls who are to be the men and women of the next generation, is of greater use to the community if she would only realize it! The hand that rocks the cradle the rules the world!
King Solomon said in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Crops And A Child
I have seed to raise and I plow the field
And I plant my crop with care.
And I thank the Lord for the rain he sends
As I watch them growing there;
But I don't sit down with a book by day
And let my crop run wild,
For crops won't grow by themselves I know--
Is it different with a child?
I've a boy to raise and I want a man
When his growing days are done;
And a man must work for the crop he wants--
Is it different with a son?
Will strangers care for my wheat out there
Where the weeds grow rank and wild,
If my crop would shrink if I idled there--
Dare I idle with my child?
Yes, I'll work for him and I'll pray for him,
And I'll do the best I can.
For the Lord has given me a son to raise
And I want to raise a man.
Yes, my eyes are set on the harvest years
When the long hard task is done,
So I'll pull the weeds from his life myself,
For I dare not shirk my son.
Blessings in Him!
P.S. If you were unable to join us for the Women’s Retreat last weekend, you can listen to the messages, workshops, and more online here: http://subsplash.com/ccob/s/df6173b