Henry Ward Beecher said, “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” Very true. My mom was a saint and I learned a lot from her. I am looking forward to seeing her again and will tell her how much I love her and have missed her. My mom had it rough. Real rough. Her dad died in a bathroom in a flophouse in Cincinnati. He had abandoned his family long before that as a result of his addiction to alcohol. Very sad. Mom wound up in an orphan’s home in Covington, Kentucky, when she was about five years old. When she was sixteen, after experiencing many years of neglect and loneliness, she was adopted into a gospel preacher’s family to help the family care for newborn twins. I am so grateful to that preacher’s family! They taught her to love Jesus and she did precisely that all the way through the rest of her life.
Monday…Take time to read I Samuel 1. What a tribute to a Godly woman and mother! It grieves me deeply to see motherhood denigrated in our society. Children raised without a mother in the house are at a tremendous disadvantage throughout their whole lives. I watched my wife, Beth, many times care for our kids and teach our kids when I had to be away earning a living. Our kids are blessed and happy largely because of what Beth did for them … and continues to do for them … during their formative years. Moms, God bless you! You are valuable beyond what you could possibly know.
Tuesday…Read Proverbs 31 and realize that the Godly woman can wear many hats and be successful (with God’s help) in every role she is called upon to play. Societies which hold the girls and women in contempt are corrupt, foolish and anti-Biblical. Women can be wives, mothers, business people, leaders in government, industry, etc… I do believe that the greatest thing a lady can do (married, with children) is to be a good mother to her kids. Can you imagine what our country would be like if every woman raised her kids to fear God and obey His Word?
Wednesday…One of the greatest themes in the Bible is that God adopts us into His family. This is taught in Romans and Galatians, for instance. Get on the computer and look up “adoption into God’s family” and you will see a wonderful concept explained. God leads some people to adopt children. What a privilege and what a responsibility! And, what an imitation of our Father who adopts us through His Son, Christ Jesus.
Thursday…I have several vivid memories of my dear mother. One of the best memories I have is how she would meet me around 9pm during my Senior year of high school when I got home from work and have a meal for me. Looking back on that (I have seven brothers and sisters), I realize now what it took for her to do so much of the taken-for-granted “little things” she did. She truly was a conduit for the love of God!
Friday…Someone has described having children as like having your heart walking around outside your body. I get it. Ladies, if your kids have gone into the far country as did the prodigal (Luke 15), stay faithful in prayer. Do not blame yourself. Keep on loving. Keep the door open for them to return home. Know that your prayers and example will have a powerful effect.
by Dale Holzbauer