“Being born a woman doesn’t make you a mother.”
One of the hardest things in life is being a woman in today’s world. You must be strong, flexible, an innovator of ideas, and competitive in the job market. BUT this is nothing compared to adding being a mother into the mix.
A mother suddenly finds her dreams come third in her life. First are her children for most of their growing up years, second is her husband, and third is herself. A good mother sets boundaries, is a great listener and observer, forgives on a daily basis, plays, disciplines, pays bills, organizes, but also hurts a lot as she watches her children grow, usually in silence or behind closed doors.
My mother was one of the jewels of the world. A rare and precious one rarely found. She lead by example. She worked outside the home and in the home, told stories, read to us even when we were teens, canned her own food, sewed, gardened with a green thumb, kept us loving each other, gave plenty of respect to each of her ten children and four stepsons. She loved equally; therefore, we learned to love equally. She lived on Faith in God and believed with her whole heart. I was one of the most lucky people in the world. She raised eight kids alone after my dad died. I am so proud to be her daughter.
This describes my mom. I can never reach the goals I wish to have to be more like her. She died an early death of 48 leaving three children still at home, myself and two brothers.
Proverbs 31:10-31New International Version (NIV)
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaffs and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:10 Verses 10-31 are an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
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