Our Mothers
Proverbs 31:30
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

Writing in her diary soon after the birth of her babe, Margaret Fuller put these words, "I am the mother of an immortal being. God be merciful to me a sinner!" A true woman cannot feel other than seriously the import of such an experience. Somebody has said, "She who rocks the cradle rules the world!" The world is what those constituting it make it. "Like mother, like child." How great and sacred are a mother's responsibilities! Her teaching and example are the most forceful agents in the formation of her child's life. Virtue is transmitted as well as evil. The good we do lives after us as potentially as the bad. The strong things in a mother's life pass on to the child as well as the weak. Let no mother say that her sphere is obscure or secondary. A noble ambition can fill no wider scope. Certain things are essential if you are wisely to fulfil your responsibilities of motherhood.

1. Endeavour to be what you would have your child become; in character, in morals, in religion.

2. Look well to yourself. Live what you teach.

3. Win the respect of your child.

4. Never let your child get beyond you in intellectual sympathy. Hearts may keep pace where heads cannot. Learn to sympathise with religious perplexities, and learn how best they may be eased and remedied.

5. Let your child be always certain of your love. Be faithful to your woman's instinct. Deal patiently and lovingly with your child. Keep the home life bright for him. Learn to respect his rights. Allow him room for the free play of the varied powers God has given him. Are you not assured of grace sufficient for all your mother-needs?

(George Bainton.).

Parallel Verses
KJV: Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

WEB: Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.

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