conversation on family, ministry, and counseling
Ambrose Bierce once provided this definition, “Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”
As we enter this season of honoring our mothers, may I remind us all of the singular tenderness and graciousness they bring to our families and churches. These unique sensitivities include the following:
May I ask you to contrast the “strange woman” of Proverbs 7 with the “virtuous woman” of Proverbs 31. It is striking to me how many differences fill the chasm between these two female categories. There are two main ones I draw to your attention.
There is nothing more unnatural and destructive than a hard woman. There is nothing more Godly and honorable than a soft, assertive lady who provides warm love to those in her family and ministry.
Proverbs 31: 28 declares, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Why should our moms receiving such lofty blessing and praise? Our motivation is ultimately found in a mother’s spiritual sensitivities that put “the heart” in all of our relationships. As a son, I am so thankful for a Godly mother that continues to invest much prayer and encouragement into my life, family, and ministry. As a husband, I am forever indebted for the daily love and conscientious sacrifice that my wife pours into the boys and me. May the Lord truly bless our mothers and give us wisdom on how to encourage them!