Praising Mom – Proverbs 31:28-29

“Her children arise and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’”
– Proverbs 31:28-29

Proverbs 31 describes a noble wife of character. In verses 28-29, the family praises her for her many virtuous qualities. As I ponder the many ways my own mom has influenced me, there are some things that stand out. From silly to serious, here are just a few that I appreciate most:

FLOWER FINESSE

You can’t spend any time with my mom without hearing something like, “Oh, Honey, just look at those hydrangeas!” Or “My dear, did you see those delphiniums?”

Raised by the ultimate flower-dropper (as opposed to a name-dropper), I know my petals from asters to zinnias. While I’m not much of a green thumb myself, I still witness God’s glory every time I see an array of floral splendor lavishing His earth.

APPROPRIATE ATTIRE

To church, you wear your Sunday best.
To work, you wear your professional wardrobe.
To the pool, you wear a bathing suit – one that’s designed to swim in and not show as much skin as possible.

In addition to dressing for the occasion and understanding a modicum of modesty, my mom also taught me to work with the colors and styles that best flatters my height, shape, and coloring. (A red-head simply cannot wear some colors and pull it off.) My mom is the perfect example of this. She has never been blown and tossed by the winds of trends. She knows what works for her and sticks to it.

I am eternally grateful that my mom taught me the importance of honoring God by the way I dress the temple of the Holy Spirit. These are things I am also very intentional about with my own daughters.

HEREDITARY HYMNS

I grew up in a church that sang hymns. This was no accident since my mom was the worship leader and my mom’s mom was the piano player. I used to pride myself in knowing all the words to all the stanzas – not just the first and last verses.

Nowadays, the lyrics and melodies of particular hymns often come to mind. Written by many theological forefathers, I am awestruck as an adult by the power, truth, and beauty they hold. Sadly, singing hymns is quickly becoming a lost art in today’s hip church world. I do love contemporary worship songs, but I also value the strength and vulnerability found in hymns.

More than anything, though, I appreciate my mom’s sensitivity to the Holy Spirit during times of worship. It was impossible to grow up not sensing God’s presence. What a joy it is today to hear my own kids singing “It Is Well” (because they’ve heard it played in the car over and over again.)

PIVOTAL PERSEVERANCE

My grandfather was an alcoholic. He died of alcoholism when my mom was eight months pregnant with me. But my mom made a different choice; one that forever altered the course of our family. As a result, alcohol was never a part of our growing up. My mom was the turning point.

Not even the most succinct of writers could squeeze the essence of this influence into one solitary paragraph. And, of course, there are many other things I could say as well. But for the sake of brevity, I’ll stop here. Of the virtuous woman, Proverbs 31: 28 says, “Her children arise and call her blessed.” Today, I wanted to be a daughter who did just that.

9 thoughts on “Praising Mom – Proverbs 31:28-29

  1. I agree with Warren's comment, that one day your children will write something wonderful about you. Having just spent four days with them, I know how much they respect your lead. Many comments from them began, “Mom says that..” or Mom does it this way…”. 🙂

    Thank you for such a kind tribute in this post, but thank you even MORE for raising three such great grandchildren! I have often told others that you are absolutely the best mother I have ever seen.Your kids are blessed to have you. God bless you – Mom

  2. Nice work Marsha! As a child whose mother stopped the cycle of abuse in her family, I can understand your admiration for your mother's courage to stop the cycle of alcoholism. Generations are blessed by this determination.

  3. One more thing … we have two kids in graduate school and one still in high school. When the two oldest went to college they sent their first “thank you mom and dad' notes. They are deeply touching. I remember sending my first one after my freshman year in college. Being shown even a small amont of tribute does so much to a parent's heart.

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