Mother’s Day came and went, and I never did sit down to write about my “mothers.” It isn’t because I didn’t have anything to say that I didn’t write– it was more because I have so much to say. I never found the time to condense it all into a post. In God’s providence He gave me a godly mother and a wonderful mother in law. (He probably knew I would need all the help I could get! )
Psalm 127:1a says “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it.”
Both Peter and I have mothers who, although not perfect, both depended on the Lord to help them “build their house.” Either the Lord builds, or someone else does…and if it is the latter, your work is in vain. Both of our mothers had a single goal: to just do the right thing before God. And to teach us kids to do the same.
Both mothers have strong qualities that have influenced how I live. They passed down a godly example by their life. I listened as they talked. But I watched how they lived. Words are so cheap, but a life lived out in godliness is worth so much. I am thankful for the example of their lives.
My Mothers taught me:
- To seek God and to get into His Word.
- To teach my children God’s Word.
- That it is my job to make my husband happy, not holy. (that is the Holy Spirit’s job.)
- To serve others, not expecting anything in return.
- To cook, clean, decorate, and plan.
- To speak when it is just and appropriate and to keep my mouth shut when it is not.
- That God sets things right in the end. He is our defense. We don’t need to defend ourselves.
- To forgive generously, as we have been forgiven.
- To judge others lightly and myself more severely.
- To extend hospitality to all ,great and small, rich and poor.
- To love others the way God loves them, and not how I think they should be treated.
Mom and Mom Beals, I am still looking to you for your good example. Thank you for being what you should have been. I am so thankful, and love you both!
What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther