Like God, mothers encourage us

By: By Milley Brewington - Guest columnist

Mother’s Day is traditionally the day we honor our mothers and give thanks to God for all the blessings mothers bring to our lives.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first official Mother’s Day on May 09, 1914.

By faith on Thursday, June 16, 1938, my mother accepted the Lord as her Redeemer and Savior. Mother was a godly woman that had a great influence on her family. She was the most influential person in my life. She molded, shaped and influenced my life. There was always something special about Mother’s prayers. She always thanked God for life, health and a reasonable portion of strength to run her Christian race.

The beautiful and unselfish love she gave was a constant reminder of how much I loved her. Who can put a value on the work that a mother does for her children? Who will ever be able to repay her for her sacrifices?

We should hold our mother’s with the greatest respect. Respect — meaning “honor is manifested toward the worthy. Greek word for respect is timao; which means to prize, revere, honor, and value. Here on earth it is a mother’s love that is most compared to the love of God. Unconditional and everlasting.

A mother has a special kind of love. She is the one who comforts, loves and serves everyone else. A mother is a person who sees there are only four pieces of pie for five people. A mother is the first teacher of her children. It is a mother’s love that drives the teaching in families. When discouraged, it is Mother who inspires and encourages. When disobedient, it’s Mother who corrects. When doubtful, it’s Mother who says, “You can do it. Yes, you can!”

Like mother’s, God also has words for us: when discouraged, when disobedient, when afraid and doubting. God says in 1 Peter 5:7 — to bring “all of our cares to Him.” When growing up our mother’s were always there for us. I know mine was. As we grow older we find that God is with us, no matter where we are or under what circumstances we find ourselves. God has said in the second part of verse 5 in Hebrews chapter 13, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”

Godly mother’s honor God’s Word and train their children in it. Proverbs 22:6:,”Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it.” There was a time in my life that I tested the waters and walked away from my mother’s teaching and her Christian example. And later in life I remembered her faith and teaching about prayer and the Word of God. Through faith in God and honoring His Word, Godly mother’s have great influences as they train their children. A Godly mother will use God’s Word to lead her children to saving faith in Christ. A Godly mother translates the Bible into her everyday life. Exodus 20:12, “Honor your father and mother so that you may live long.” Deuteronomy 5: 16; “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you.”

Godly mother’s are veterans of the faith in Christ Jesus. What does it take to be a veteran of the faith in Christ? 1. Obey the Commander. 2. Engage the enemy. 3. Fight to the end. President Theodore Roosevelt, our 32nd President of the United States and the only President to be elected 4 terms once said, “When all is said, it is the mother, and the mother only, who is a better citizen than the soldiers who fights for his country.”

A Godly mother is a Kingdom woman whose life flows through different seasons. Each of these seasons carries with it different time restraints, blessings and demands. A Godly mother’s fear of God, her reverence, determines her actions, thoughts, and priorities. Without that the demands of life would overwhelm her. A good Christian mother stays intimately connected with God so that she will keep a discerning heart, to train her children well. She persists in prayer at all times. A Christian mother trust in God (Psalm 9:10) and keeps the faith (Proverbs 28:20). A Christian mother keeps her home free of physical clutter but watches for the spiritual and emotional clutter of worldliness. A Christian mother holds to what is right in the eyes of God for her children’s spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. She refuses to compromise. righteousness for acceptance.

The best legacy mother’s can leave their children is not money, property, education or musical accomplishment, or a well-paying job. These are all good things, but the best is to provide your children with a Godly example. We should be o thankful for mother’s who — as a legacy have passed down a good heritage for their children. Legacies of faith, hope and love. Legacies which inform, inspire and empower, embolden, enliven, and give life.

The most important thing a mother can do is help her children know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Instill in your children from an early age the importance or reading, studying and memorizing, and obeying God’s Word. You cannot impact what you do not possess.

As I think of my mother’s legacy of faith, I am reminded of Lois and Eunice in 2 Timothy 1:5. Eunice (Timothy’s mother) and Lois (Timothy’s grandmother) spent many hours teaching Timothy, praying with him and for him, and training him to be a Godly child. To mothers — what do your children see when they observe your life? I saw faith worked in my mother’s life. She was a woman of authentic, practical faith. The legacy of faith should be at the top of the list that they leave their children.

Faith is not hereditary. You cannot inherit faith. Faith is not something someone gives you, but it is something that can be influenced by seeing it lived out. My mother had faith in good times and bad. In failures and successes. Lois and Eunice were both believers but Timothy had to come to a point where he had his own faith. He had to come to a place where he placed his faith in Christ. Eunice demonstrated that a mother can make a huge spiritual impact on her children without the help of a Father. Timothy had a dad that was an unbeliever and Eunice instilled in Timothy a life of faith by being an example to Him. Timothy became a strong believer with a good reputation. A man of integrity and a man of the Word. He was solid as a rock in his faith and it could be traced back to his mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois. Mother’s should never underestimate the power of their influence. Timothy learned about the Christian faith from the people who raised him in their home and they were the primary people that influenced his faith.

My mother, Sudie Chavis Brewington, was a Godly wife and mother. She supported her husband, vigorously worked to provide for her family. She gave to the poor and needy. She had great strength and dignity, wise counsel and instruction. Proverbs 31: 29; “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” My mother was a daily example of God’s love. I am so thankful for her legacy of faith. At night when we went to bed, we would kiss each other and tell each other “I love you.” I would then say, “I hope to see you in the morning.” Mother would reply by saying, “If it is the good Lord’s will, and I hope it is.”

A mother with sincere faith knows who to go to and who to put their trust in during times of challenge. An authentic faith chooses to make time to pray, to read and study the Bible, and discover more about God. A Godly mother who trust God and seeks His hand is able to accept His will and see the Lord do great things with her. Our good treasure is our Christian faith. I order to guard our faith, prayer is essential. To guard our faith, we must be persistent in faith. An authentic, sincere faith is contagious. Lois and Eunice found the key to living and passed it on to Timothy. Eunice was a wise and spiritually — strong mother. She learned her priorities from her mother Lois and passed them down to Timothy. Parents verbalize and teach their children things, but children watch to see that it is true in the parents lives. Your words mean little if your actions and life does not reveal what you teach. When your words do not match your actions…when you live out the Christian principles, standards, and even scriptures that we speak of, your lives become powerful examples of what it means to follow Christ.

Express your love and gratitude to your mother all through the year and not just on one day. Most mother’s deserve far more praise and thanks than they receive. My mother was a cool breeze blowing beneath my wings when I was weary and tired. She always knew what to say and when to just listen and pray.

Love your mother verbally, physically (give her a hug or kiss on the cheek or just sit and hold her hand). Be patient with her, be attentive to her needs and listen to her attentively. Be gratetful to her, be generous — give back to her instead of expecting her to always give to you. Love your mother honorably.

Lord, help us to “never” be too busy for our mother’s…If You dear Lord could take time and great effort for her on the cross in Your death, help us to love our mother’s while we have them in our lives. Amen.

I was in the hospital for testing last week and everything is fine. Praise God!

By Milley Brewington

Guest columnist