Proverbs 31:10-31 defines with real clarity what makes for an excellent wife and mother. You have probably heard of the Proverbs 31 woman; if so, the aforementioned passage is what that is all about.
I am fortunate that I am married to a Proverbs 31 gal and was blessed with a Proverbs 31 mother (she has been with Lord now for 11 years). In verses 25-28 of that passage it says: “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” I have been a part of and seen this passage lived out before my very eyes in the person of both my loving wife and god- ly, down-to-earth mother. I praise God for both of them!
But I have to tell you that when it comes to my mother, she was a good Christian lady…but…well…she was also quite the spit-fire pistol! Prov. 1:8b reminds us: “…do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Well, I’m here to tell you that my mother taught me a lot. And one of those life lessons was to laugh a lot, laugh with others, and to never be so uptight that you can’t laugh at yourself. I could tell you many spiritual lessons she taught me, but knowing my mom, she would ra- ther me tell you other things she imparted that would put a smile on your face and a laugh along with your step. So, here are some things my mother taught me about many facets of life:
Logic: “Because I said so, that’s why.” And “If you fall off that swing and break your neck, don’t blame me.” To Appreciate A Job Well Done: “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning!” Religion: “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
Time Travel: “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!” Foresight: “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
Irony: “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
The Science of Osmosis: “Shut your mouth and eat your supper!”
Contortionism: “Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck!”
Stamina: “You’ll sit there ’til all that spinach is finished.”
Weather: “It looks as if a tornado swept through your room.”
How to Solve Physics Problems: “If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you; would you listen then?”
Hypocrisy: “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times – Don’t Exaggerate!!!”
The Circle of Life: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
Behavior Modification: “Stop acting like you have no sense!”
Envy: “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do!”
Medicine: “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to freeze that way.”
To Think Ahead: “If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job!”
ESP: “Put your sweater on; don’t you think that I know when you’re cold?”
To Meet a Challenge: “What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you…Don’t talk back to me!”
Humor: “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
Become an Adult: “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.
About Sex: “How do you think you got here?”
Genetics: “You are just like your father!”
Roots: “Honestly, I think you were born in a barn”
Wisdom of Age: “When you get to be my age, you will understand.”
Anticipation: “Just wait until your father gets home.”
Receiving: You are going to get it when we get home.
Well, that was my mom. I love her…I appreciate her…I miss her…she was the best!
So, love and appreciate those Proverbs 31 moms and women out there.
And moms, keep teaching those valuable life lessons! Because one day when your gone, those lessons may very well bring a smile and some laughter to your children…and like my mom…to others as well.
Your friend and pastor, Bruce