// Lynette Hagin
MOTHER'S DAY IN the U.S. has been an official holiday on the second Sunday in May since 1914. Certainly, it is fitting to set aside a day to honor the person who was responsible for us being on the earth. The Bible honors wives and mothers in Proverbs 31:10–30. I particularly like two of the verses in the New Living Translation. Verse 11 says, "Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life." Verse 28 states, "Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her."
Mothers are one of the most important individuals in our lives. A survey conducted among children said they would choose the love and approval of their mother over money, fame, or possessions.
When asked who the most influential person in his life was, Winston Churchill replied, "My mother."
George Washington said, "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."
Motherhood is an awesome responsibility. Unfortunately, there aren't any courses you can take that will prepare you for the joys, challenges, heartache, and laughter that motherhood brings. God created the father as the head of the home. However, the mother is the heart of the home.
A child was asked, "Where is your home?" The little fellow replied, "Where Mother is." As keeper of the home, God has endowed mothers with special traits that qualify her for strenuous and honorable tasks.
She sets the atmosphere of the home, filling it with joy, music, and laughter. Without Mom, no one knows what to wear. She knows what each child needs to wear each day and has it washed and mended.
I'm reminded of an incident that happened years ago after our children were grown. I have always laid out my husband's clothes each night. One week I was out of town, and in the midst of trying to get everything done, I forgot to pick out his clothes. I got a phone call from my daughter.
"Mother," she said, "did you not pick out Dad's clothes before you left?"
"Denise, I was in such a hurry that I forgot."
"Mother, Dad looks like a clown today."
I laughed so hard. "Denise," I said, "I won't forget again." Since that day, I have always picked out my husband's clothes!
When Mom's not there, a proper diet is never followed. Dads just ask the kids where they want to go. Of course, it is never healthy food. Mom is the only person on earth who can divide her love among many children and still give each child all her love.
Mothers need to recognize the powerful influence they have on their children. They will learn more about God in the home than any other place. Our attitudes and the values we live by are teaching our children how important or unimportant God is.
Children usually come to mothers to solve their problems. When my children came to me with issues, I often did not have an answer. However, I knew where to find it. I would pray to the Heavenly Father and ask Him for the answer.
I relied on John 14:16–17 many times. The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says, "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever. The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you."
On many occasions, I have called upon the Holy Spirit as my Counselor in handling issues for my children. I would ask Him for the right words to comfort or guide them. Then I would teach them how to listen to the Holy Spirit for themselves.
Mothers are special. Is your Mother still living? If so, express your love for the gift that she gave to you—your life. We often do not take the time to tell those who mean the most to us how much we love and appreciate them. I encourage you to do this frequently.
"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."
—Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)