Devoted, Loving, Sweet,  Gentle, Affectionate — and Godly

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Mama, ma, mother, mom. Our culture puts many adjectives in front of these cherished nouns, adjectives such as soccer mom, helicopter mom, working mother, stay-at-home mom, work-at-home mom, homeschooling mom . . .

Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child by Mary Cassatt, 1880. Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

I think our culture would be better off if we eliminated about a jillion categories. Categories tend to dehumanize folks; and, if you’re like me, you’d rather not be lumped into any particular category of mama. Your abundant life can’t be reduced to one catch phrase.

Let’s celebrate our shared status as women created in God’s image whom He has granted the blessing of being a mother.

You want your children to see you as their devoted, loving, sweet,  gentle, affectionate mama. In addition to a mama who is devoted, loving, sweet, gentle, and affectionate, every child needs a mama who can lovingly be described as godly.

A godly mama — that is one adjective that is simply non-negotiable. Mamas are guides. They are protectors. They are teachers. But to do those jobs well, they need their own guide, protector, and teacher, and there is only one effective place to receive the guidance, teaching, and protection necessary to do the mama job well.

For the grace of God has appeared,
bringing salvation to all men,
instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires
and to live sensibly, righteously and godly
in the present age,
looking for the blessed hope
and the appearing of the glory
of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
who gave Himself for us to redeem us
from every lawless deed,
and to purify for Himself
a people for His own possession,
zealous for good deeds.
Titus 2:11-14


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