When I held my first baby girl, Abbie, in my hands, all she wanted to do was cry. I began to look for the off switch to stop this high-pitched noise. I must have turned her over trying to find it! Then I began to look for the instruction book that told me how to be a good dad. I did not see that attached to Abbie’s diaper, either.
Our parents likely had similar experiences with us. Today, I want to focus on the role our moms have played in our lives, all that they sacrificed for us, and the ways they helped shape us to be the men or women we are today.
Here are some relationship thoughts when it comes to moms.
- Mothers deserve respect.
“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and it may be well with you.” (Deuteronomy 5:16) Treat older women as you would your mother.
- Sons and daughters, love your mother.
Even as Jesus was suffering on the cross, he was worried about his mother Mary’s well-being, and made provisions for her care. Although you may be facing challenges in life, also consider how you can care for your mother. (biblereasons.com)
- Mothers are wise and kind in caring for their children.
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” (Proverbs 31:26)
- Children are a blessing to a mother.
“I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked Him for, I now give the boy to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:26-28) Mothers often pray for the blessing of having children, and they continue to pray for them as they grow.
- Women have a Godly role in the world.
The Bible shares that older women are important in sharing their wisdom with the next generations: “That they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good and obedient to their own husbands.” (Titus 2:5)
- Mothers are not perfect.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) Your mother’s love is beautiful, and it comes from a human being who also faces the challenges that life brings. Love her with all your heart.