The Proverbs 31 woman is sometimes controversial. Some are inspired by her, others are discouraged by her. I don’t think she is an actual woman. It’s more poetry than prose. However, this “woman” is often lauded as the standard or ideal for women. My mom has mentioned that over the years of her life she’s heard some poorly directed sermons, causing her to dislike this passage – it’s unattainable and only sets a wife and mother up to fail. I’ve been blessed to not have had that experience and have always loved this passage as motivation through the daily grind of life.
I see a woman who works hard, often without praise or thanks, but who manages an amazing amount of productivity.
I see my Mom.
My Mom has always been a hard worker. Perhaps a result of her hard-working mother.
- My Mom has always worked with willing hands.
- She would get up early (and stay up late) to prepare things for our family.
- She helped provide for us by cultivating a home garden.
- Mom made clothes for us as kids, which stretched the family budget.
- To help provide for the family, she went back to college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree at 50 and a Masters of Education at 57. This resulted in long nights of study, but with profitable results.
- She would get up in the middle of the night to answer us when we had a bad dream, or fell out of bed, or during my many asthma attacks.
- Mom could have taken a cushy job in the suburbs; but she taught children in public school in the heart of Detroit. With the help of her mother’s knitting, she made sure her students had mittens every winter.
- She made sure we had the clothes we needed and that our home was comfortable and pretty.
- As a pastor’s wife, Mom was always gracious with the people that Dad ministered to. She was a friend to so many women, even when the sentiment wasn’t returned.
- How many times did my sister or I go to her for help with a problem? She was patient and taught us how to treat others.
- Mom took care of us in so many ways as teacher, doctor, friend, cook, counselor, etc.
Okay, so, she doesn’t like snow, but no one’s perfect.
Today is my Mom’s 75th birthday.
We are celebrating a woman who,
- as second oldest of six, helped her widowed mother raise her younger siblings;
- raised her own family, went to college, and worked as a teacher at the same time;
- after being widowed herself, packed up everything and became a missionary in Japan for 6 years;
- still loves her entire family dearly, even the ones who she never gets to see anymore.
Mom, you’ve worked so hard through your 75 years. They have not been wasted or in vain. Your legacy carries on in your children and grandchildren. You have been blessed. You are blessed.
“Many women have done excellently,but you surpass them all.”Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.Give her of the fruit of her hands,and let her works praise her in the gates.*
Happy Birthday, Mom. You are a wonderful woman who I am so proud to call Mother. I love you!
In honor of my Mom, celebrate your mother today. If she’s still living, give her a hug or a phone call, and tell her how much you appreciate her.
What do you love about your mother?