I was trying to think of something wise to say about mothers for this mother’s day, specifically my mom. I quickly came to the conclusion though that I am not wise enough to adequately write about how much my mom means to me. I would add, also my wife, mother of my two children to that statement too. So with that in mind, I googled the Bible to see what God had to say about moms.
I picked out five of my favorites. The first one that really hit me was from Proverbs:
My son, keep your father’s commandment and forsake not your mother’s teaching. – Proverbs 6:20 ESV
Mom was the first teacher. Dad was too, don’t get me wrong, but Mom was the one who dealt the lessons out on what we should and shouldn’t do. Right and wrong are so important…basically the foundation of being able to live a successful life in the image of Christ.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 ESV
Pretty explanatory and not always easy for even the best of Moms. I think mine did a pretty good job though.
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. – Matthew 10:37 ESV
Something I learned growing up. I knew I was loved, but I was reminded that God loved me even more and that my parents loved him more than me. Often times kids are allowed to think that they run the house or that their needs are higher…just saying, the Bible has something to say about that.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. – Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV
God’s word was revered in my house growing up and we were taught it constantly. It wasn’t just a Sunday thing. This was 24/7.
Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death. – Proverbs 19:18 ESV
Thank you for not killing me. I don’t remember doing anything terrible, but I’m sure there were moments over the years where you had to remember scripture like this when disciplining me. Thank God for hope (and forgiveness)!
All this to say, and I could keep going with examples, thank you, Mom. Thank you for being a Godly woman who helped to mold me into the person I am today. Thank you for showing me that even though you loved me, that there was one more important and that he loved me too. Thank you for teaching me God’s word in everything we did. Thank you for the legacy you left in me that I now pass down to my children. And most importantly, thank you for not killing me.
Love you, Mom!
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. – Proverbs 31:28 ESV
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