“Her children rise up and call her blessed, and her husband also, and he praises her.”
I will have to say this is my favorite verse in Proverbs 31! I already feel abundantly blessed when it comes to my son. Yesterday, he pointed to the sky and said, “Jesus and Jonah,” the first 12 days, he said, “Amen” after learning it. I cried every time I heard it, and Sunday when the praise band was singing and I had my hand lifted in praise, I looked at that sweet two-year-old doing the same thing! To think the blessings from this sweet being will not only continue, but increase fills my heart with over-flowing joy! This, my friends, is just a reminder of how good God really is!
I love the thought that this verse means that her children will rise and be Godly beings, and that is her blessing. I sometimes find myself struggling, as I’m sure many Moms do, with the possibility of being unsure of my son’s salvation. When that struggle comes to mind, I find peace in knowing that this is not in my hands, for it is in God’s. It is up to me to do as God instructs– to raise a child that will serve and honor Him. As Mrs. George says, “God has determined your role: as a mother, you are to love your children-no matter what (Titus 2:4); you are to teach your children-no matter what (Proverbs 1:8); you are to train your children-no matter what (Proverbs 22:6); you are to discipline your children-no matter what (Proverbs 22:6); and you are to care for your children-no matter what (Proverbs 13:27).” It is our job to follow God’s plan… not following His plan and instructions will result in punishment.
Pray, Pray, and Pray for your children! This is sooooo important. In a time when the world we live in can be so broken, your children will one day thank you. Never stop praying for them, no matter what their age. Love them, care for them, and focus on having them know Christ. There is never a time when our children will not need our guidance and prayers, but the impression we make in the first five years can be so important.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
I’m going to close with that this week. Next week, we will still be talking about this verse, ”and her husband also, and he praises her.”
We come to you today praying over our children. We pray for your protection, and guidance to always be with them. I pray they know you as their friend and their Father, that they come to you for all things. May they not be of this world, but instead be renewed by your Holy Spirit. May the love of Christ overflow from their lives onto those around them. Lord, these are your children that you have given us the privilege of loving and caring for. God, give us the strength to do this task for the glory of your name. Lead me in the job of motherhood.
In Jesus’ name,