This weekend we celebrate a holiday affectionately known as Mother’s Day. I nostalgically reflect on this occasion growing up in Jackson, MS several years ago. It was and remains one of the opportunities I cherish to give thanks and appreciation to my mother. Although I edify my mother throughout the year, it is honorable to make sure she has a special day on this holiday.
In 1914, United States President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a national holiday to publicly acknowledge and express love and respect for mothers which is also celebrated around the world by many other nations and cultures. I truly thank God for the role of a mother in a household as a wife, raising children, and many other ways that present opportunities whereby she can be an influence to many. Proverbs 31:10 gives an admirable detailed description of a virtuous woman whose accolades are priceless if she is found. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her (Proverbs 31:28).
What does this mean to me? Well, there are several biblical examples of righteous women and godly mothers who raised kings, prophets, and even our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As a mother, I endeavor to attain all such qualities that encompass a woman of virtue who is strong, industrious, confident, dependable, respected, and spiritually mature. A mother who knows the power of prayer is one who can sincerely make an impact in the kingdom of God. I want to encourage all mothers and every woman who has the power, or capacity to effect the development in the lives of others. Be kind and thoughtful to make a positive impression by imparting words of encouragement at all times. You never know when your words will meet a need for someone who has lost a mother (due to any circumstance) and needs strength to keep moving forward. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness (Proverbs 31:26). There is a proverb that likens the effect of honey to gracious words that bring comfort, or anything positive. Just like honey, these words reach the soul and feel good. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones (Proverbs 16:24). This holiday be mindful to impart words of life as you engage someone to pause and say, Happy Mother’s Day!