Sunday, 08 May 2011 00:40
According to a survey by Ladies Home Journal, 85 percent of women say that motherhood is the best thing that ever happened to them. But 70 percent of all mothers consider motherhood incredibly stressful. It was certainly stressful for Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus.
She was the mother of no ordinary boy, but she was a mother still, with all the concerns, hopes and dreams of any mother for her children. She found favor with God, was a recipient of His grace, and therefore could say, “My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior”(Luke 1:47).
The greatest and most unselfish substance in the world is the love of a mother for her children and the calling of motherhood is not an easy one. But Mary demonstrated how to be an effective parent, living a life in God's favor and grace. From varied scenes in her life we can see three attributes every godly mother needs. Mary was a godly MOM, and every mother who partners with God can be a light of inspiration to her children as well.
A godly mother is a model to follow. Luke 1:26-35 reveals the divine dialogue of God's plan for this young “mother-to-be.” At first it must have been hard for Mary to understand God's plan for her life, but she was faithful though she struggles to understand, she depended on God moment by moment. This is exactly what God wants mother to do today.
Mothers are still the significant caregivers. They have an awesome responsibility to nurture these gifts from God we call children. Although overwhelming at times, parenthood was never meant by God to be undertaken alone. He is our strong ally. Ruth Bell Graham said, “As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.”Godly mothers are models who trust and who can be trusted.
A godly mother hangs on to an optimistic attitude. In john 2:1-11, a wonderful scene unfolds between a mother and a son. The wine had run out at the wedding feast. Mary apparently had some responsibility at the wedding, so she asked her firstborn for help. She did not know what Jesus would do, but she knew he would do the right thing, and she told the servants to follow His directions. She believed in Him, and this is an attribute children need from their parents today.
In John 19:25-27 and Acts 1:12-14, Mary demonstrates one outstanding attribute. She was a mainstay of the faith. At the foot of the cross when the world had turned its back on Jesus and in the Upper Room when the world thought Jesus was dead, Mary was firm in her reliance on God. She was a mainstay of faith for son, His followers and the early church.
I repeat, the greatest and the most unselfish substance in the world is the love of a mother for her child. Mary was a model to follow, an optimist at all times, and a mainstay of faith. Mary was a godly MOM, and every mother who partners with God can be light of inspiration to her children as well.
To God be all glory and honor.
NOTE: It is my prayers, that every woman,(maiden, wife or mother) like Mary – the mother of our Lord Jesus, will declare herself as servant and submit to the will of the Lord (Luke 1:39), and likewise like Mary, may their soul magnifies the Lord, and their spirit rejoice in God our Savior (Luke 1:46-47). May the blessings of God be upon all mothers today. Happy Mother's Day!
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