Monday, September 28, 2015

Marriage Monday: Model P31: Her Children Rise Up and Praise Her




Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I'm so glad you've joined me as we focus on strengthening and promoting godly marriages, both in our nation and in our own backyards.  {The need for this has never been greater!}

Today I am continuing my series for wives (and future wives) based on the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. It is both fun and challenging to look at this passage verse by verse and then examine our own lives and look for practical ways to apply these timeless principles. Please join me each Monday as we continue to examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31! 




Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
~ Proverbs 31:28


These are some of the most beautiful words in the entire Bible! When a young mother is in the bootcamp years of motherhood, with only small children clinging to her knees, working hard to train her young children to be kind and obedient, or even when she's a bit older, and struggling to maintain wise boundaries for teens who are straining against the rules and "reins" as they long to exert every independent muscle in their bodies . . . motherhood can feel hard and thankless.  When a mother rises early and stays up late serving her family, preparing nutritious meals (which may or may not be eaten with thanksgiving), and cleaning up the same messes over and over and over . . .  she can grow weary and lose her vision for the importance of her work in her home.  These words can become a lifeline for a weary mother to keep going, keep serving, keep loving, keep pouring herself out for the good of her family day in and day out, as she hopes and believes that her work will not be in vain!

According to Elizabeth George, in Beautiful in God's Eyes:


The words rise up mean that the Proverbs 31 woman's children grow up and go out to live in a way that brings honor and blessing and credit to her. The children's lives become the living praise of her worth and her work. . . The children of our Proverbs 31 woman give her life its highest reward. They bless her. They praise her. The children experience the sweet fruits of her virtues, and she experiences the sweet fruits of their lives and rejoices in them.

And that, my friends, is what keeps the Model P31 loving and serving and giving to the needs of her family.  She longs for the day when she will reap a harvest and her diligence in sowing good seeds into the lives of her family will be rewarded. Her reward? The godly, honorable lives of her children which bring her praise!  

But what if this is not the case?  What if her children do not rise up to thank her, and give her praise, and live lives worthy of honor??

Sadly, sometimes it's true that even godly, intentional, dedicated mothers raise up adults who choose to go their own way, and reject their mother's teaching, and wander off the paths of righteousness.

It's at times like these that we must focus solely on obeying God and leaving the results to Him.  God has clearly called us as women to love our husbands and children, to teach and train our children in the ways of the Lord, and to nurture and lovingly discipline our children. We are not to forsake these responsibilities - no matter what! 

Even when it seems that our efforts are in vain, we must continue to trust the Lord and to obey His commands and to trust Him to work all things together for good according to His purposes.  (Romans 8:28). 

A godly mother never gives up, but keeps loving and encouraging and praying for her family!  And many times God brings the prodigals to repentance and restoration, probably in large part due to the mother's tireless prayers and undying love!

I love these words by Edith Schaeffer, "Being a mother is worth fighting for, worth calling a career, worth the dignity of hard work."  And our children are worth sacrificing for! 

Being devoted to the roles of wife and mother may seem old-fashioned in our modern, fast-paced, two-income society!  But the value of such an investment of our time and resources is enduring and eternal! 


Especially for Single P31s:

As a single P31, I encourage you to pray for and encourage your own mother and other mothers you know! Also, begin now to study and learn from great mothers, both those in your circle of influence and those who can influence you through their writings. {With the dearth of good role models, it seems that effective mothering must be studied and consciously developed more than ever before!} 



Project P31, Mission #19:

Examine your life as a mother. Are you being purposeful and intentional? Are you investing your life in the next generation??  How can you be a more effective mother to your children, grandchildren, and others whom God has placed in your life?



{Next week we will focus more on the second part of this verse -- her husband's praise.}


Your Turn to Share:

I hope you'll take time to complete your mission for this week and share your thoughts here!  

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