Showing posts with label motherhood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label motherhood. Show all posts

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day reflection from Proverbs

Proverbs 23:24–25 (ESV)
24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
25 Let your father and mother be glad;
let her who bore you rejoice.  

From God's Wisdom in Proverbs, 258:
We must not miss that Solomon turns it around and makes this an imperative to the son: you must give joy to your father and mother; you must give your mother reason to rejoice. This is nothing but an application of the imperative in Exodus 20:12, which morally and spiritually obliges children not merely not to dishonor their father and mother, but positively to seek ways to honor them. In that same way, a child is obliged, not only not to bring sorrow and grief to his parents, but positively to seek ways to bring joy and gladness to them.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Monday music: "Farewell to Nova Scotia," Off Kilter

Combining a Mother's Day and a Monday Music post:
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you (Exodus 20:12)

He who ... chases away his mother
is a son who brings shame and reproach (Proverbs 19:26)

Let your... mother be glad;
let her who bore you rejoice (Proverbs 23:25)

The eye that ... scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley
 and eaten by the vultures (Proverbs 30:17)

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
"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 (Proverbs 31:28-31)
Happy Mother's Day to all the godly mothers who read BibChr! Hope your children (and husbands) honored you appropriately!

My dear wife likes this group, so — extending some extra TLC for my children's worthy mother — here's another one for you, Valerie!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Al Mohler almost says "Bah! Mombug!" to Mother's Day

Mohler traces the history of Mother's Day in America. He complains of the agenda in its creating, the consumerism, the sentimentalism that has overtaken it... but ends up here:
Let's just make certain that there is more to Mother's Day than sentiment. The mothers we should honor are those who raise children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, who honor their marriages and live faithfully, who teach and nurture and discipline by the Bible. These are mothers who defy the spirit of the age, protect their children from danger, maintain godly discipline and order in the home, and feed their children the pure milk of God's Word.

These mothers deserve honor upon honor, and their reward will be great in heaven. Yet, in the meantime, a card and a kiss on Mother's Day won't hurt. It's just not nearly enough.
It's certainly a fair point. I think Mohler leaves out something that I'm confident he nonetheless believes. How a wife treats her husband deserves mention. Does she set a godly example (cf. 1 Peter 3:1-6)? Can her husband relax and trust her commitment to him (Proverbs 31:11-12)? Does she give him good reason to feel like a king, or a rotted twig (Proverbs 12:4)? These are part of the picture as well.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Many of our faves here at BibChr are mothers. Happy Mother's Day to all of you. God bless you who raise your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. You serve them best by walking with God, teaching them the Word, and loving their fathers by showing respect.

Godly mothers have moved history. Augustine traced his salvation to the mediate cause of his mother Monica's prayers. Timothy had both a godly mother and grandmother to model faith and ground him in the Word from infancy (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15). The great J. Gresham Machen said he learned the faith at his mother's knee. God bless you as you do the same for your children.

Husbands, today's a great day to do Proverbs 31:28-31.

Children, take it from someone who hasn't had a mother to love on this day for several years: take the opportunity while you still have it. She carried you, nourished you, bore you, loved you, cleaned you, stayed up nights with you, taught you, worried over you, opened up opportunities to you, formed your character, and loves you still.

This is a big theme in Scripture (cf. Proverbs 15:20; 19:26; 20:20; 23:22, 25; 28:24; 30:11, 17, for starters).

I'm blessed with a wife who is a phenomenal mother to all four of our children. No one knows better than I how she's breathed and lived and (at least emotionally) bled for them, how her heart is devoted to them. All four of them, before they drew their first breaths, were objects of her amazing mind, thinking and planning how to give them a richly-furnished life. We homeschool because of her vision (to which I converted), which provided the older two with early, solid and deep platforms to do amazing things. Because of that they've been exposed to an amazing array of educational and social experiences.

I remember Valerie staying up all night making clothes for my dear and only daughter, and for my oldest son, pouring her heart and soul into them devotedly day after day, all year long. They have her to thank for so much good in their lives.

Be sure you say your thanks today, too — you who still can.

It is difficult to think of much that is more contemptible or repulsive than a treacherous, cold-hearted, smug, ungrateful child, who has positively returned treachery and vile ingratitude for such depth of selfless devotion.

It is common for men to regard such ingratitude with contempt. But that attitude is dwarfed by the similar judgment of God (Exodus 20:12; Proverbs 15:20; 19:26; 28:24; 30:17). Such a creature should never imagine that he or she has the smile of God, the holy God who put the obligation (not merely not to dishonor, but) to honor father and mother at the very foundation of His social laws.

Among Jesus' last words, despite the unimaginable agonies of the Cross, were His arrangements to be sure that His human mother was cared for (John 19:26-27). How can one claim to follow Him, while showing cold contempt for his own godly mother?

"Thanks" should be a daily practice, for children and husbands. But this day marks a special opportunity. Take it!