Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her.
I can't begin to count the number of times I said to my sons, "No one loves you like your mom." I still believe it's true. Now as fathers married to wonderful women who are amazing mothers they finally understand.
That's why we celebrate Mother's Day. The first Mother’s Day was in West Virginia in 1912. Mothers were to be recognized as an important part of our culture and lives. The heart of a mother is like a rare jewel. They love their children during the worst and best of times. Charles Dickens once wrote, "The virtues of mothers are visited on their children."
Many of us have been richly blessed by what they learned at mom's knee. Do you remember the old poem:
M is for the Many things she gave me,
O means only that she's growing Old.
T is for the Tears she shed to save me,
H is for her Heart of purest gold.
E is for her Eyes with love light shining,
R means Right and Right she'll always be.
Years ago I read about John and Charles Wesley. They probably would never have been famous if it hadn’t been for their godly mother who taught them that "the law of love and Christian witness was to be their daily guide."
Susannah Wesley, who gave birth to 19 children (yes, you read that correctly… 19 children!), spent one hour each day praying for them. I'm not sure how that math works out, but that's what her sons remembered. In addition, she took each child aside for a full hour every week to discuss spiritual matters with him or her. No wonder John and Charles were used of God to bring blessing around the world.
Here are a few things they remember their mother teaching them from an early age:
· Work together with God in raising your child.
· Teach him or her to pray as soon as they can speak.
· Give them nothing they cry for and only what is good for them if they ask for it politely.
· To prevent lying, punish no fault that is freely confessed, but never allow a rebellious, sinful act to go unchecked.
· Commend and reward good behavior.
· Strictly observe all promises you have made to your child.
Hmmm…a different time and place but there's some wisdom there.
Let us honor our godly mothers today and every day, not only with words of praise for them but with lives that reflect the impact of their holy influence!
Of all the earthly things God gives,
There’s one above all others:
It is the precious, priceless gift
Of loving Christian mothers. —Anon.