Please don't get me wrong! I understand that there are situations in which a woman has to work outside the home. I also believe that the Proverbs 31 woman sets a beautiful standard of a strong woman who supplements the family income with her own creativity and industry (Proverbs 31:13, 16, 17, 24). Some wonderful and godly women never get married, like my own dear Aunt Jean, who not only worked hard to support herself, but also offered love and support to my grandma and her three young boys when my grandpa was killed.
Though the process is long and painstaking, moms have the incredible opportunity of molding a godly character in their child and encouraging them to become men and women who can change the world through their passion to "love God with all they got, and love their neighbor 'til they drop." In a long-term sense, moms can not only "make a difference in the world" (see paragraph above), they can multiply the difference they make through their children!
I'm not a mom, and I obviously don't understand everything about this issue. There's lots of godly mothers who have made a difference through a ministry or a business or in some way outside their role as "mom." But I just want to cheer on those mothers (including my own) who pour themselves out and sacrifice so that their children will grow into passionate God-fearing, people-serving men and women.
Don't believe me? Read up on these women and how they impacted their children:
- Mrs. Beaver (yes, my mom!)
- Hannah (mother of Samuel; see 1 Samuel)
- Susannah Wesley (mother of John and Charles Wesley)
- Ruth Graham (mother of Franklin Graham)
- Sarah Edwards (wife of Jonathan Edwards and mother of 10)
And here are a few quotes from others grateful for their mothers:
"I remember my mother's prayers--and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." ~Abraham Lincoln
"All that I have ever accomplished in my life I owe to my mother." ~D.L. Moody
"My mother's kiss made me a painter." ~Benjamin West, first great American painter
"The influence of a good mother is worth more than a thousand school masters" ~George Herbert
"If I am Thy child, only God, it is because Thou gavest me such a mother." ~St. Augustine
Thanking God for my own mother,