Any mother will tell you, being a mother is hard work. But it is deeply rewarding work as well.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 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.’”, (Proverbs 31:25-30).
God extolls women to become good wives and mothers. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward”, (Psalm 127:3). But what does it mean to be a good mother and a Godly woman?
God knows that parenting isn’t easy, for is he not the father to us all? All mothers worry about their children and want to make them into wise, kind, good Christians. A good woman of God must have faith in the Lord that all of her burdens will be eased. She must raise her children with the love and worship of God in their hearts.
Read the Bible daily. Find comfort in its words, particularly about mothers and their burdens. Think of Elizabeth, mother of John, the Baptist, born when she was well past childbearing age.
And think too of Mary, the mother of Jesus who said, when told that she was chosen to bear the Messiah, “And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed,” (Luke 1:46-48).
Read a children’s Bible to you children as soon as they are old enough to understand. Start them out with the word of the Lord, and they will learn to turn to the Bible and study it as they grow older. “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck,” (Proverbs 1:8-9).
Be generous with others so that your children can learn loving kindness and charity. Children will emulate what they see. Set a good example in all things, from the largest to the smallest. Let them witness your mercy, and your love. Let them see you as an example of Christ on earth. Let them share in your prayers for others, so that they learn to care for others as themselves.
A good mother is forgiving. She is forgiving of her children’s mistakes. She is forgiving and understanding with her husband. She doesn’t harbor grudges or resentments against others, and she never bears ill will. She never teaches her children envy, or anger.
Teach your children to be active in the Lord. Welcome your neighbors into your home and show them kindness. Volunteer at the church and encourage your children to do the same as soon as they are old enough. Help the poor and struggling in your town or community. Let your good works testify for God.
Most importantly, a good mother is filled with unconditional love. Let your children know that you will always love them, no matter if they try your patience, or wander far astray. Teach your children the story of the prodigal son and how his father welcomed him back with open arms, even as his son sought his forgiveness.
God is love, and He wants everyone to fee his love. Let his love, and the love of the Holy Spirit shine through you as a blessing to your children, your husband, and your community.