Mothers play such an important role in God's earthly and eternal plan. In the very beginning he made Adam a partner and she was called Eve. Most translations agree that Eve is derived from the Hebrew word haya, which means live or have life, or to give or restore life; quickening or revive, nourish or refresh. What a wonderful God-given name for the Mother of all mankind.
Genesis 3:20 - And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.From Eve forward, Mothers play a very important role in not only the physical but the spiritual lives of their children. They help to begin to lead their child on the spiritual journey for them to choose God on their own. While long, I love the way that the following verse describes not only a woman and a wife but a Mother.
Mother's do so much to keep the house running, educate the children, and assisting their husbands in their daily lives. Mother's, however, do not get the thanks and the praise that they deserve. While I believe that Mother's Day should happen much more frequently, I am glad that there is a day set aside to help all remember to say Thank You to their Mother's. God commands us to honor our mother's and father's many times throughout scripture; however, these jobs are so often forgotten.Proverbs 31:10-30 - A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Matthew 15:4-6 - For God said,'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.' But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,' he is not to 'honor his father ' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise-- "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
Exodus 20:12 - "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long inthe land the LORD your God is giving you.Deuteronomy 5:16 - "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
I know that I am completely guilty of not Thanking and Honoring my Mother as I should. This is the woman who gave me life, taught me to be successful, taught me to be strong, taught me to be a warrior, supported me when I was weak, fought for me when I was accused, and just all in all was/and is amazing! I should take more time more often to let her know how thankful and grateful I am in the way that I was raised. My mother fostered the gifts that God breathed in to me so that I would recognize those gifts and be able to use them fully. While I didn't understand until recently that I should be using these gifts every day for the Glory of God and for the Kingdom, without the fostering that my Mother did while I was growing up, I wouldn't have the strength and conviction to use the gifts now.
I was listening to my Church's call in radio show last week and someone called asking about how to honor their mother and father once they are married and have their own family with their own convictions. I thought that it was a fairly timely question and was eager for the response. I thought that the Pastor did a wonderful job. He mentioned a few verses, below. To summarize, he said that marriage breaks the cleave of child to parent and cleaves the wife and husband together to form a new family. While this new family may be convicted and directed differently for a different cause in the kingdom, it is important to still honor your mother and father. Honor, however, does not always mean obeying their directives. Sometimes, honor can be simply coming for council, listening to concerns, and even going against those concerns and using the cause as a way to discuss the Gospel and good news.
Proverbs 1:8-9 - Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
Genesis 2:24 - Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.In everything that we do, we do for the Kingdom. Mother's are the very embodiment of this. They work hard, they sacrifice, and they educate. So, Thank You to all of the Moms out there that are training up their children to be Spiritual Warriors!