May 9, 2021
"I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” (2 Timothy 1:5, ESV)
On this Mother’s Day, I hope that you were blessed by God with as great a mother as I was. I had a special connection with Mom that none of the otherchildren enjoyedbecause I was born on my mother’s twentieth birthday. I have early memories of Mom and they are great. I’m not sure which memory is my earliest one because she told me stories of my interaction with her when I was just a toddler. I’m not certain if they were my memories or hers. Dad was in the Army when I was born and when I was two or three, he was deployed to Korea for a year, so my older brother and I grew very close to Mom.
Today, as I think about Mother’s Day and especially my mother it is a very pleasant trip down memory’s lane. Mom was born at the very beginning of the depression and never knew her mother because her mom died shortly after giving birth to her. Saying that she had a hard life growing up is an understatement. However, those experiences shaped her into a loving caring young lady who would marry Dad the day after her seventeenth birthday. Her formative years stood her in a good stead to become a young mother who had very few resources at her disposal. When Dad was in Korea, Mom was left in Texas with three little boys and no family to help. I’m not sure how she was able to cope with that situation, but she managed.
We never went out to eat but there was always a hot meal on the table every night when we sat down as a family to eat. It may not have been what we wanted but we survived on it. Mom sewed shirts for my two brothers and me and dresses for my two sisters. She sold Tupperware for a while and was always at or near the top of sales in her district. For several years, she worked as a cook in the school cafeteria. She always found work that would allow her to get all of us off to school in the morning and be back at home to welcome us when we got out of school. At some point, my Mom and her sister took a class on cake decorating that eventually grew into a good cottage business. They produced some incredible cakes, including the cake for my wedding. Mom finally retired somewhere around age seventy after driving a school bus for twenty-seven years.
In the middle of all of this, Mom took us to church every Sunday and Wednesday. That is not to say that none of us children never made any mistakes because we did, especially me. I would be thirty years old before that teaching would have a profound effect in my life, but it started with her.
The memories could flow from the pen for days. I love you, Mom!
“He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 113:9, ESV)
Thanks for listening and keep on shining. —Scott
There are a lot of things in life that we might be able to do without, but the benefits of godly mothers are not one of them! Can anyone imagine what this world would be like if it were not for them? We would miss:
The Teaching of Eunice. Timothy’s mother, along with his grandmother Lois, were said by the apostle Paul to have a sincere faith living in them, which they handed down to the young evangelist (2 Timothy 1:5), evidently teaching him the scriptures at an early age (2 Tim. 3:15).
The Reliability of Hannah. This godly woman desired a son, and promised that if God would grant her request, she would dedicate him to the Lord’s service (1 Sam. 1:11). Being a promise-keeping woman, Hannah did exactly as she said she would (1 Sam. 27-28).
The Morality of King Lemuel’s Mother. This royal’s mother encouraged him toward right living in the areas of intoxicating drink, sexual immorality, and protecting the poor (Proverbs 31:1-10).
The Industriousness of the Proverbs 31 Woman. Because of her willingness to work and her ingenuity and business acumen, this woman’s children would “rise up and call her blessed” (Prov. 31:28).
The Humility of Mary. When Mary was told by the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to the Messiah, her response was, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38a). This indicated her submission to God and her willingness to humbly work in the role God planned for her.
How we need godly mothers in our world today! Children need teachers of good things, reliability, morality, industriousness, and humility, and righteous mothers can be great examples of these things. Thank your godly mother today!
— Matt Clifton
Judsonia church of Christ