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.