In lieu of Mother’s Day edging in on us this Sunday, I’ve been focusing on what I feel all mothers and women should be focusing on, and that is being a Proverbs 31 Woman. This woman didn’t need a holiday to feel important, she knew she was important, because she was everything that God wanted a woman to be—and I feel that in her eyes having a special occasion to honor this would be a no-no. Special occasions are always nice to recognize people for their efforts, but God promotes a humble heart.
Don’t get me wrong, before my own Proverbs 31 journey, I longed for Mother’s Day, but it was always a disappointment. My husband went out of his way to make the day special for me with cards and gifts and lobster was always on the menu. I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I will ever feel as appreciated in this world to recognize what I feel deep down that I am. Being a mother is hard, freaking work, and one day is not going to reward me for the 364 other days of the year that I selfishly give myself up for my children and their needs.
That was the old me. The new me thinks totally different now. This week, I’ve examined the Proverbs 31 woman hoping that moms will realize that their worth in this world is never going to be appreciated like it will be in our afterlife. It is always great to feel appreciated, but the only person that you have to worry about knowing your loving and selfless heart is our incredible Lord. Proverbs 31:13 directs us women, “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.”
Be honest with yourself—how many of us roll out of bed eager to face our world of mundane chores and are enthusiastic to serve our family and put all their needs above our own? This is where the entire concept of having Mother’s Day was birthed. Honoring moms for all the work that is done, with eager hands is what this holiday stands for, right.
Honestly, eager is not a word I would use to describe my feelings about housework. I have to wake up an hour earlier than the rest of my family just to pray that God fills my heart with this attitude, meditate for a happy serving mind and then study scripture to give me more strength to fuel my flame or I am nowhere excited about this task.
Mother’s Day is a great way to be honored for all that women do for their families. I love showering my mother with love and gifts. Myself, however, I don’t need a day to be honored for what is part of living and walking with God. I chose to have children, I am choosing to be a Proverbs 31 Woman, and I’m choosing to realize that God expects this of me, and with his strength I can be as great as I want to be.
I’m finally realizing that becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman is a change that is made from the inside out, and I know now that the inside of me doesn’t need a day to feel appreciated, because I know God is seeing my changes, and seeing my intentions. My real Mother’s Day will come when I finally get to see my Lord and Savior when my life serving my family on earth is over. That is when I will receive all the gifts and rewards I ever need!
If you are feeling the urge to be disappointed this Mother’s Day, try looking at it from my perspective. What’s more important? Having a day in your honor, or having an infinity of recognition from our Divine Leader? I know my answer, and when I think of it this way, my heart is more than eager to serve my husband and family!
Happy Mother’s Day my Proverbs 31 Friends!