Not long ago, Cherise and I we were promoted to the greatest role yet … grandparents! A full circle moment surrounded us as we witnessed our eldest, Courteney, enter into superhero status as she delivered our treasure, Amelia Jude. Bedside, the hand our daughter reached for wasn’t mine, but her mother’s. Hand in hand, the baton was passed in a beautiful moment as our daughter stepped foot onto the same road her mother had courageously paved before her—the road of motherhood.
A journey paved with endless nights of no rest, thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crusts cut off and who knows how many soccer games. It’s not a journey as glamorous as Instagram and Pinterest make it appear. It’s one of many tears and much laughter. A role that carries a lot of responsibility and not much acknowledgement.
Just for a moment, think about this. What would this world look like if the women we know were celebrated, not just once a year – but daily? Moment by moment, our lives overflowing with gratitude and appreciation for them. Like oxygen is to the lungs, I assure you it would revive their spirits and fuel their souls.
When God wants to do something great in the world, He doesn’t send an army. He doesn’t send an earthquake, He sends a child and He finds a mother whom He can trust. Anyone who has ever positively impacted this world came from a mother, even God himself chose to come to this world the way we all have, through a woman.
The Proverbs 31 woman sets some high attaining goals … you know what I think helped her achieve her greatness? The key verse in the passage, “Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her …”(31:28 NKJV).
Moms. We all have one, know one or are one. Now, let us give them the appreciation they well deserve.
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates (Proverbs 31: 25-31).