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A Mother’s Day Salute

Mother's Day Salute

Happy Mother’s Day!

I believe that if Proverbs 31 were written today, it would be written for all women who fear God in holiness and purity. In more modern terms, to worship and revere our Heavenly Father in righteousness and truth. And this would especially apply to caretakers, single mothers, step-mothers, mothers-in-law, adopted-foster mothers, guardians, grandmothers and other “mother/nurturing figures.”

It is with this in mind that I share with you a special Mother’s Day salute to all the Moms out there inspired by the famous passage in Proverbs 31.

Epilogue: The Mother of Noble Character

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A mother of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

Her children has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

She brings them good, not harm, all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her family is respected at the city gate, where they takes their seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed and praises her:

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Praise the Lord for good mothers! You are welcome to share this Mother’s Day salute with a great mother you know.



This post currently has 24 comments.

  1. Janice Brooks
    May 9, 2016

    THANK YOU AND BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!

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    • Dr. Z
      May 11, 2016

      You, too!! <3

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  2. Liberata
    May 9, 2016

    Thank you so much Dr. Z. for recognizing all women and the hard work they do. You are such a blessing, an example to ALL men.

    Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

    LGT

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    • Dr. Z
      May 11, 2016

      You’re welcome! Many blessings to you and yours!

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  3. Ruth
    May 9, 2016

    Beautiful. My husband sings this to me every Friday night with my children. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 11, 2016

      That’s beautiful. <3

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  4. Jeanene
    May 8, 2016

    Thank you Dr. Z for this scripture–it is a standard for us as mothers to look to for improving ourselves. I really appreciate those of you who recognize our Creator–Jesus, and who seek to enrich our lives with the things He has created for our health.

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  5. Sarah
    May 8, 2016

    To address the question about fearing the Lord, if I may. The word fear is appropriately translated to revere and to be in awe, not unlike the response provoked by Niagra Falls, the birth of a baby, or true forgiveness in the face of great harm. This response is life giving, and all the more so when it is a life-posture before God. And thanks to Dr Z for honoring mothers with God’s word today!

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    • Carol L. Edic
      May 13, 2016

      Amen. The word fear in scriptures is usually misunderstood. Thanks for clarification for all.

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  6. Elba
    May 8, 2016

    Oh this a wonderful,l loved thanks Dr. Z

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  7. Overton
    May 8, 2016

    The “virtuous” or “noble character” in the translation above does not convey the full significance of what Solomon’s mother is saying to him.

    Strong’s gives the translation of H2428 as “From H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength:”

    Perhaps broadening our understanding of the character required of a wife and mother will be helpful in our appreciation.

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  8. Micaela L
    May 8, 2016

    Thank you! I needed to hear this. God bless.

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  9. wilma
    May 8, 2016

    Dr. Z, I have never understood why one would want to, or be expected to, fear their Lord. I believe my “Lord” to be All Loving and Encompassing. Could you please enlighten me why one would choose to live in fear. Thank you and May the Blessings be.

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    • Kaye
      May 8, 2016

      Scripture is rich with teachings that God is love and that he so loves the world (John3:16, is but one of many). The Bible is also very clear that God poured out His wrath on Jesus Christ on Calvary and those who choose to not accept the free gift of salvation that Christ fully, freely paid will fall under our perfectly just God’s wrath and punishment. God is perfect love AND perfect Holiness. His holiness can not accept any unrighteous person and in His perfect love provided a way for us sinners to be accepted when He imputed Christ’s perfect righteousness onto our record. I want a just God, just like we want and recognize the need for a just judge that presides over matters here on earth…and justice is fearful for those who are unlawful. But praise be to Him who made “Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we become the righteousness of God in Him”. (1 Cor. 5:21). Hope that helps. Blessings!

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    • Gigi
      May 8, 2016

      When scripture talks about fearing the Lord it is referring to having a reverence of and awe for our Creator for all that he is, which includes being all knowing, all powerful and all loving.

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    • Laurie
      May 8, 2016

      Wilma,
      To fear the Lord is not to be afraid of Him, but to have holy reverence toward Him. He is our Lord and Savior and holy!

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    • Heather
      May 8, 2016

      I’m sure Dr. Z will add much more insight, but I felt compelled to reply. The “fear of the Lord” referenced numerous times in the Bible refers to an ‘awesome reverence’ of God and who He is. It is not so much a fear as ‘terror’ or ‘afraid’. As it says elsewhere in Proverbs “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” – we can’t truly obtain wisdom or be wise without first grasping the need to be in awe of God and revering/honoring Him for the great, mighty, and unmatchable God that He is. May He bless you as you strive to understand this more deeply.

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    • Sora
      May 8, 2016

      When one has an appearance with a king he stands before him with respect and dignity. He loves the king because he knows the king is concerned about his subjects and does everything for their welfare. But he will not run over to embrace and shower the king with hugs and kisses. At the same time he is fearful of the king’s power. He wants the king to know that he is one of his loyal admirers and that he is ready to sacrifice for the king. Our feelings towards the Lord, must be a mixture of love and awe. Without the fear, there is no self control, the ethics are lost, the fabric of society and basic human relationships are destroyed. And without the awe, it is not a true love. Your question is a very good one. I hope this helps you understand a possible answer.
      Sora

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    • Ginelle
      June 1, 2016

      Hi Wilma,

      I would like to expand on the concept of “fearing the Lord.” When we hear the word “fear,” we typically think “to be afraid of.” However, Scripturally, fear of the Lord portrays a positive connotation.

      The word “fear” is derived from the Hebrew word “yare” and can be translated as “to respect” or “to reverence” in a sense of awe and worship. Therefore, when presented in the Bible, “fear of the Lord” means to honor the Lord and have the utmost respect and reverence for Him. It is acknowledging His holiness and power and encourages us to humble ourselves before Him, giving Him the honor and glory He deserves!

      There are many Bible verses that speak of fearing the Lord. Here are a few that may clear up the concept for you:

      “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” -Proverbs 1:7, Psalm 111:10

      “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.” -Proverbs 14:27

      “And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation.” -Luke 1:50

      “Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”

      “In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence.” -Proverbs 14:26

      “Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” -Ecclesiastes 12:13

      I hope this clears up the concept for you! If you would like to read more about fearing the Lord, here is a great article to take a look at: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/god/who-is-god/fear-of-the-lord/

      Blessings!
      Ginelle

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  10. Richard
    May 8, 2016

    No man will ever be able to improve on the words of Proverb 31 …God bless all of our mothers !!!

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  11. Lucy E
    May 8, 2016

    What a wonderful, spirit-filled tribute to all the mothers. May the Lord bless you and keep you; may He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; may He lift up His countenance upon you and give you shalom (peace).

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    • Dr. Z
      May 8, 2016

      Thank you Lucy! Shalom! <3

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  12. Angela Strother
    May 8, 2016

    Thank you Dr. Z! Happy Mother’s Day to your family, as well. May the name of the Lord be praised.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 8, 2016

      Blessings!! <3

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