Seed Thoughts //Lynette Hagin
"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be Like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." -Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
THIS MONTH we in the United States set aside a day to honor mothers. I was born on Mother's Day. I would always tell my mother that she got the best mother's day present that year. She would just smile and agree. A mother's job is to watch over, nourish, and train her children. This job starts the day she finds that she has conceived. It seems that it is just a built-in mechanism from the Lord. I have referred to the Proverbs 31 woman many times, but it is always important to review those things. This year let's look at some of those verses in the Message Bible. For lack of space, I will not include the whole passage.
PROVERBS 31:10–12, 15–21, 25–31
A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. . . . She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. . . .
Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: "Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!" Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!
Looking at this description, I would say that a mother is not a person; she is a miracle! She can turn into anything she needs to be in an instant. At the sight of a scrape or scratch, she turns into a nurse. Whether it is a fever, a cut, or a broken tooth, she knows how to fix it. When a young child gets a "bad boo-boo," the mother's kiss calms that child and makes everything all right.
A mother must be a cook, a maid, a taxi driver, and a referee—all in just a few minutes. She is the timekeeper. Children don't watch the clock; they listen to mom. She knows everyone's schedule. Whatever has a time attached to it, be assured that mother has that time recorded in her time clock—her head. Of course she always has a back-up system. The schedule is probably also on the refrigerator or her smartphone.
A mother is a mender. She mends clothes, broken toys, broken bike chains, and other things that come loose in life. But most often she mends a child's broken heart. She brushes away the tears. She assures her child that tomorrow will be a better day. A mother feels every happiness and sorrow as though it were her own. You know her shoulder is always there to lean on, even while she helps you become strong enough to stand by yourself.
A mother is an encourager. She makes you feel like you can do anything, yet she reminds you that you are loved without having to do anything at all. She believes in you when everyone else has given up. Her smile of approval is worth a thousand words. She encourages you to strive for your dreams.
As you can see, motherhood is an awesome responsibility with many tasks. God has promised us, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6 NKJV). If you were not brought up in a Christian home, decide today to begin creating a godly pattern for your children to follow. If your mother is still alive, tell her you love her and appreciate her. You will not always have that opportunity. Sometimes we get busy in life's routine and lose sight of the most important aspect—loving our family and expressing that love. And mother happens to be where the family began.