I cannot tell you how many times I have read Proverbs 31, and thought, “How could this author have known who my mom would be?” Everything that you can think of when you think of a good mother – nurturing, supportive, selfless, generous – is possessed by her. She hasn’t had a “job” for over fifteen years, but she is one of the hardest working people I know. She is a personification on the love of Christ to me. She sacrifices willingly, she listens carefully, and she chastises lovingly. She and my father have taught us how to make the most of what we have. She has shown me how to be a loving and compassionate wife, and one day, if God wills, I hope to be at least half as awesome a mother as she is to us.
She also reminds me of Ruth. When she was younger, she took the chance of leaving everything she knew to have a better life. If she had not done that, she would not have met my father and I would not be writing this. She reminds me of Esther. She stands up for her children. My mother is a beautiful and quiet person, but do NOT mess with her husband, parents, children, grandchildren or siblings. On our recent trip to Atlanta, there was a situation where she felt that people were being disrespectful to me. I tried to ignore it, but not my mommy. Have you ever seen a mama bear when her cubs are threatened? I did that day. And, I thank God for her because she will stand up for me when I cannot or am too timid to do so for myself.
Growing up, everybody thought I would be like my dad and I do have some traits that are clearly his, but the closer my mother and I grow, I realize I am becoming more and more like her each day. I have two wonderful parents who have some fantastic qualities that I love having and want to instill in my progeny. I have known many people who have strained relationships with their parents, or do not even know one or both of their parents. I have known many people who had parents that may have been supportive, but for all the wrong reasons. I have known many people whose parents do not know Christ. So, there is never really a time when I am grasping for something to praise God for because all I have to do is think of my mommy and daddy and what a blessing they truly are to me. Ms. EV