The Priceless Gift of Being a Mama: A Teaching Mandate from God
Mamas teach indispensable lessons to their children, and God commands their children to listen to and obey those lessons.
In Proverbs 1, Solomon tells his son:
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head
And ornaments about your neck.
And again in Proverbs 6, he says:
My son, observe the commandment of your father
And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;
Bind them continually on your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
When you walk about, they will guide you;
When you sleep, they will watch over you;
And when you awake, they will talk to you.
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life.
I love the statement, “And when you awake, they will talk to you.” As we go through our days, we need to be aware that what we teach our children will talk to them all their lives. That truth makes us confident that our efforts are worthwhile. It also makes us careful that what we teach is worthy of being remembered.
I also love that the commandment is a lamp, the teaching is light, and reproofs for the purpose of discipline are a way of life. If my children bind my teachings on their hearts and tie them around their necks as Proverbs instructs them to do, my teachings will brighten their future and become their way of life.
It is a great privilege to have that kind of influence and to have a mandate from God to be that influence.
. . . for it is God who is at work in you,
both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
I love this one Charlene! It is written so beautifully in Scripture, and is so much less intimidating than quoting the commandment to honor your mother and father. The Proverbs are so inspiring!
Thank you so much, Lisa, for the kind encouragement.