From the pulpit: Proverbs blesses spiritual Mother
My mom has always been a major influence in my life.
I can remember times when she stood up for me when I was too little to stand for myself, and then as I grew, she stood aside me, allowing me to stand on my own two feet.
I remember times when, as a child, I placed my little hand in hers, knowing that she would keep me safe, and then as I grew older realizing that hand would always be there when I needed it to hold.
I remember her making &8220;Boiled Cookies,&8221; watching her spread them across the counter to cool, knowing she made them for me because they were my favorite.
I remember the compassion she would show when I came in hurt, or the open arms to accept me when I just needed a hug.
There are no memories of gruff words or yelling, but rather memories of watching her love my father, my sister and me sacrificially because that was who she was; it was her spirit.
She was my mother and God&8217;s gift to our family.
She made us complete.
Now, as I get older, I more fully and Biblically appreciate my mom.
It says in Proverbs 31:
&8220;She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.&8221;
I now see this proverb come to life as I see her take the same love placed within her by God and share it with my children.
I hear the compassion in her voice as she speaks to them, and I see it as she strokes their hair or gives them a kiss.
I watch her cook their favorite foods when they come visit, and I see her delight just in the fact that they are hers to love.
It is who she is; it is how she is made.
As Mother&8217;s Day approaches, let us take time to appreciate our mothers, as well as all God has placed in our lives to make a difference.
If we are honest and look back we will see a field of faithful people who helped us to become what we are.
Take time to praise God for these gifts of Grace.
Oh … and ( I know she will be reading this) – thanks, Mom!
Brother Bo Brown is pastor at the Community Baptist Church in Maylene.
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