Monday, May 19, 2008

Mother's Hearts

It has been a while, but I wanted to finish the ten virtues or heart attitudes of a mother. The last two are great ideas to complete the mothering attitudes.

A Heart That Is Present: Our presence in the home is important. Nothing can compare to the feeling it gives to a family to know Mom will be there after school, in the evenings, at night, on weekends etc. Each family has a different schedule, most mothers have to work outside the home, but it is important to be home when you can. Many, many activities can draw you away - Tupperware, home interior, candle, plant, lingerie parties, shopping with the girls, even good things, school meetings, sports meeting etc., if engaged in regularly, can keep your presence away from the home. A good rule of thumb is to let these things be the exception, not the normal. There is no substitute for the things a mom does in the home, cooking dinner, getting the kids ready for bed, reading and praying with them and kissing them good-night, important things that she must be present to do.

A Heart That Is Quiet: Proverbs 31 offers us a lesson about quietness: "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness." Words from a godly mother are marked with wisdom and kindness. Every mother loves to talk about her children. And , if we're not careful, we can overly share about the challenges of motherhood, "just wait until their teenagers, that is an awful age", etc. or share things which would embarrass our children "he's 10 years old and still wets the bed". A mother whose heart is quiet, will not broadcast any harmful or critical information about her children, but use every opportunity to speak with blessing the joys of motherhood and share (in moderation!) good things about her children.

I have enjoyed posting these attitudes of a loving mother. There were 10 attitudes of the heart in all and if you missed some and would like to find it again, here is the Mothering Link.

God bless you as you strive and seek the heart of a loving mother!

1 comment:

  1. I love these thoughts... particularly regarding quiet hearts. Thanks for sharing these with us!


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