More Precious Than Rubies: Celebrating the Christian Mother
Early mornings, late nights, sleepless hours, carpools, countless piles of laundry, housework, meal-prep, playdates, weekly agendas, and a thousand other little things make motherhood one of the most challenging, yet rewarding assignments in life. Although she is but one half of the parental unit, her role influences who her children are and, ultimately, who they will become. Suffice it to say, motherhood is without question one of God’s greatest commissions; to be a mother is truly a holy privilege from God.
Christian mothers may bend, but they never break. They are resilient and resolute in the mission with which God has entrusted them; namely, to raise children who love and reverence Him.
Much like Jesus Christ the Christian mother sees the best in her children even when her children cannot see the good within themselves.
A Christian mother ministers to the hearts, the minds, the bodies, and the souls of her children. She is a wellspring of encouragement, support, love, and guidance.
No matter the age of her child, whether he or she is three-years-old or thirty-three-years-old, a mother’s love fails not; it persists in both times of triumph and tragedy.
The Christian mother is, undoubtedly, the embodiment of unconditional love.
Furthermore, she is the pivotal spiritual force in the family unit, for she is “wise…[and] builds her house…”
(Proverbs 14:1, English Standard Version)
She understands that the strength of her relationship with Christ affects the mental, emotional, and spiritual health and prosperity of her family.
As a result of her steadfastness in Christ, he bestows her with all the tools she needs to be a true manifestation of his love to her family. “She is clothed with strength and dignity…She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
(Proverbs 31:25-27, New International Version)
The Christian mother is bathed in wisdom. Her discernment is keen; the wool cannot be pulled over her eyes. The Holy Spirit gives her foresight to see those things that others cannot, so that she can quietly watch and pray as she beseeches God to keep and guide her family through those times of uncertainty and woe.
Although, technically not a “Christian” holiday, Mother’s Day, was founded by a Christian woman to honor her own mother. It was first celebrated on the second Sunday in May 1907 at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia.
Its founder, Anna Marie Jarvis, recognized that the Christian mother has such an essential influence in the family. She understood that the Christian mother is both the cornerstone and the connector to Christ for her family. She is her children’s first point of contact with Christ; it is through her that her children learn who God is and how much he loves them. Moreover, she is also her husband’s confidant, prayer partner, and source of reassurance.
The Christian mother is quite simply one of God’s greatest gifts to the Christian home.
Thus, it behooves us to not only celebrate our mothers, and any other woman who has taken on that position in our lives or the lives of others for who they are as women of God, but also to honor them for allowing God to use them as vessels of love, wisdom, and ministry.
We must let these wonderful women know just how greatly appreciated they are, not just on Mother’s Day, but every single day of the year.
So, I admonish us all to take time out on Mother’s Day, of course, but also every day to let our mothers know just how important and how essential they are to us and the family as a whole.
Even more, we should always hold our mothers up in prayer. Here is a special prayer to pray, every day, just for your mother:
Lord I am her child, but she is yours. Please comfort, keep, and encourage her. Remind her that she has been chosen by you to minister to the hearts of her children, so, that they will live their lives holy and acceptable unto you. Let her find peace and strength in you. And, give her the knowledge that her role as a mother is not in vain, let her count all its difficulties and hardships as joy. Thank you for continuing to extend your hand of mercy and grace to her. In Jesus’s blessed name I pray. Amen.
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