A Godly Mothers Care
Thank the Lord for every mother who has fulfilled her God-ordained role to nurture, cherish, and guide her children. Mothers have the greatest influence on the next generation and an underestimated impact on society as a whole. One person accurately said: “The hand who rocks the cradle rules the world.” Mothers have such an important part in the direction and development of the world because of their commitment and sacrifices they make for their children.
Perhaps an unusual reference to cite for Mother’s Day, but please note Proverbs 29:15, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”
Why would a child be left to himself? Perhaps “babysat” by Disney or a TV program? Perhaps dropped off on the lap of other people for convenience reasons? Perhaps not much discipline due to lack of involvement? Two people can be in the same house or even the same room and not have interaction. It is a tragedy. This can potentially cause shame later in the life of a mother.
Reading this verse teaches me that time and attention are two motherly needs every small child has. Every mother would do well to include her child in her life.
“From the ages of 1-4 a child will learn more than they will learn for the rest of their life.” That is an amazing statement that I heard at an educator’s conference years ago. Children under 4 learn several key factors for life including: coping skills, how to react or respond, obedience, consequences, discipline, value, purpose, peace, contentment, care, tone of voice, attitude, friendliness, appropriateness, emotional control, and how to share, care, and demonstrate true love. Much more could be listed. The point is – the disposition, deportment, and direction of a life is mostly aligned in the youngest years of the human life.
What mom does with those years are of utmost importance.
Here are several ways Godly mothers impact the most formidable years of a young life, from the perspective of talking to a person, once a child and now a grown adult.
Notice Mom’s Care:
- Mom carried you in her body to delivery.
- As an infant she nursed you, feeding you many times in the day and night.
- Mom changed your diaper, changed your diaper, and changed it again. Every day and night.
- Mom cared for you, running you to the doctor, checking your temperature, and making sure that you had the finest food she could get.
- At age 2 your crawling became a stand (against chairs and tables) and then the first few steps came.
- Mom cheered you on as you began to run around the house. Then came climbing. Anything that could be touched became a joyful obstacle course for climbing.
It is funny that after cheering our toddlers on to stand, walk, and run, that as they get older, we say: “sit down!” or “stop running!”
- She sang songs about Jesus and lullabies that encouraged sleep as she cuddled up with you.
- She read books and Bible stories to you, praying all the time for you to love Jesus.
- From ages 1- 4 she did everything with you like walking the mall, and shopping for clothes (because much of her clothes were not fitting right after you came along.)
- When mom was sick, she took you with her to her doctor visits.
- She showed you how to shop for food at the grocery store, rolling you up and down each aisle as people commented on how “cute” you were.
- She told you about her “secret” plans to surprise daddy with a birthday gift or a party.
- She included you in every car ride, carefully buckling you in and making sure you were safe and comfortable.
- Mom took you to the park to run and play.
- She bundled you up in the winter, and made sure you stayed cool in the hot summer.
- She transported you to church where she learned about God, sang to the Lord, and grew in her Christian life and motherly calling. You enjoyed the nursery and learned how to trust God’s people by your mom’s example.
- As she cleaned, you learned about vacuuming, dusting, and how “Everything has it’s place.” She even let you let you fold the wash rags while she folded laundry to make you feel important.
- When mom cooked, you were right there watching and learning about food preparation. She even let you help “stir stuff up!”
- From ages 1 to 4, mom was with you almost every moment of every day. Or better said – you were with mom.
Before Kindergarten you were with mom nearly 24/7. And it was good. She had her moments of being tired and discouraged. She joyfully gave up sleep, money, entertainment, and made other sacrifices to invest everything she could in seeing you grow, develop, and become a person who could find and fulfill the will of God in life. She included you in every part of her life. No mother who has invested that much time and effort into a child has regretted it. While there were moments of struggle, she would do it again. The time and attention shared was worth it.
The developmental years of ages 1-4 are the most critical to our emotional, relational, and spiritual development.
- At age 4 or 5 she sent you off to Kindergarten. It was more hard for her, but your thirst to learn academics needed to be met. You were ready for Kindergarten. Mom had been reading to you, training you by living life with you, and all those hours and days with mom paid off as you already knew how to interact with people, respect authority, and carry yourself with a good disposition.
- Each year mom was there. She helped you adjust to relationship issues, grow up emotionally, physical, relationally, and spiritually. The pains of childhood were lessened because of mom.
By the Way: If your mother passed into eternity before you reached adulthood, thank the Lord for the time that you did have with her. Be encouraged in the motherly figures that God placed in your life to influence you. God had a plan, even if you do not yet understand. This thought should motivate us to cherish each moment we have with our loved ones today.
We could list so much more, from teenage to college years and beyond. You can take the idea and run with it for yourself. The point is – a Godly mother shows consistent care for her children. She invests time and attention. Especially in the most innocent and precious years of life. A Godly mother’s care really is – her time and her attention.
So, Mom – thank you for not leaving me alone. The time spent, the sacrifices made, and the loving care means the world to me. A Godly mother does not leave her child on his own. She takes care of those early years so the child will have a lifetime of success in loving Jesus.