By Johnny Ramsey
Someone has well stated that three of
the grandest words in our vocabulary are heaven, home and
mother. How deeply indebted we are to godly women. The
tribute to virtuous mothers in Proverbs 31 informs us that
their children will count such a person as a distinct
blessing to their life upon the earth. One of the most
famous lines in literature reminds us: “If I were hanged
on the highest hill I know whose love would follow me
still—Mother of mine, Mother of mine!”
In many ways, we acknowledge that
the most powerful person on earth is a godly mother. Yes,
“the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” Abraham
Lincoln once remarked, “All that I have accomplished I owe
to my angel mother.”
The Bible, in many passages, pays
homage to the tremendous contribution of women who truly
seek God’s kingdom first. Some of the most tender and
touching sections of scripture make reference to mothers
like Hannah, Lois, and Eunice. Such godly women raised
sons like Samuel and Timothy, who valiantly served
Jehovah. Many of us today who preach the gospel of Christ
do so because of parents who encouraged us to serve the
Lord. The debt we owe to our beloved mothers just cannot
Women with meek and quiet spirits
as we read about in 1 Peter and 1 Timothy, are rare in
this day and time, but such will always be of incomparable
value. Mothers who take time to be keepers at home, and
who grow in their love and care of their children, are
indeed the salt of the earth (Titus 2:3-5).
Wise parents never forget that
“righteousness exalts a nation” (Proverbs 14;34) and “the
house of the wicked shall be overthrown” (Proverbs 14:11),
so they reflect on the following words:
I saw tomorrow look at me
From little children’s eyes
And thought how carefully
We would teach
If we were really wise.”
The Psalmist was inspired to
write monumental words: “Except the Lord build the
house they labor in vain who build it.”
Godly mothers who take the time
to truly make home a delightful place contribute mightily
to the precious memories we sing about at funerals
of loved ones. But sadly, we find today that we are all so
busy making money that we never take valuable moments to
make lives more meaningful. Norman Trott powerfully wrote:
“No time for God? That day when sickness comes or trouble
finds you out and you cry out for God, will He have
time for you?”
The hardest work in all the earth
is being a godly mother. She goes down into the very pit
of death to bring a child into the world. She labors
incessantly in the first months of the infant’s sojourn
just to keep the child alive. For the next 20 years, she
will spend a great portion of her time feeding, clothing,
educating and caring for her offspring. No one deserves
more loving gratitude than spiritually-minded mothers!
Allowing each letter in “godly”
to represent a trait or quality of proper motherhood ought
to tell us a lot about her value.
Gracious...In spite of our lack of expressed appreciation,
our mothers are still gracious toward us.
Observant...A wise mother keeps a close watch over her
offspring lest evil habits or companions hinder us.
Dedicated...Genuine commitment and loyalty to the
challenge of rearing children is her trademark.
Lovely...Physical beauty has nothing to do with the
loveliness of godly mothers who truly care!
Yearning...to her dying breath, she will still be pleading
for all the children to live for Jesus.
More women across America
desperately need to take time to be holy. Fashion may be
important, but spirituality is at the top of the list for
women striving to please God and help their children go to
heaven. Silver and gold shall not deliver us in the day of
God’s wrath (Zephaniah 1:18), but purity and love
for truth will be valuable always. The mother of John
the Immerser was righteous,
obedient and constant in the love of God (Luke 1:6). We
need more women like that in our era also.
A London magazine asked the
question on its editorial page, “What Is Home?” Hundreds
of letters poured in. The seven best ones were published.
As I carefully read the seven gems the editor selected, it
became evident that the one person who made those
classic rejoinders possible was Mother!
What kind of a woman makes a
Motivator...Yes, she “provokes us unto love and good
works” (Hebrews 10:24).
Opportunist...She sees her motherhood as an opportunity to
mold her children to serve God (Proverbs 22:6).
Teacher...She never fails to instruct in the way of
holiness (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Happy...She enjoys the challenge of guiding the
home (1 Timothy 5:14).
Example...She practices hospitality without
(1 Peter 4:9).
Reliable...You can count on her to constantly seek first
the kingdom (Matthew 6:33).
Without contradiction, when you
find a virtuous woman, she is far more valuable than
precious jewels (Proverbs 31:10). One of the Bible’s
tenderest scenes portrays the care of a man for His
mother. On the cross, in deepest love, our Savior made
provision for Mary’s care (John 19).
Let us take time to be grateful
for godly mothers who helped us along the way. We are just
too busy if we fail to take time out to say, “God bless
you, Mother, for all you have done for me.”
Only eternity will properly
reveal the marvelous contribution godly mothers made
toward the population of
heaven! — via Christian
- via The Family Friend,
a monthly newsletter published by the Calvert City Church
of Christ, Calvert City, KY. It is an excellent
resource for articles relating to the family. To
learn more consult the congregation's website: