I have three daughters-in-law: Holly (to Ron), Jessica (to Keithen), and Megan (to Jeshua). These are fantastic ladies. These each is strong. These each is intelligent. These each is beautiful.
But, it amazes me how these each is so accomplished. While our sons are serving society in ways to make a difference, so, too, are these ladies with whom the Lord has blessed our family. For example, Megan was recently tagged for a significant promotion with the company for whom she works. This is a great advantage to her family. Jessica recently graduated with a Ph. D. degree from Toledo University, and is a professor at Murray State University. Two years ago, Holly was chosen national teacher of the year, and will on July 15th be inducted into the Jostens Renaissance National Teachers Hall of Fame in Scotsdale, Arizona.
I thank the Lord for these ladies-in-law of ours who have become a part of our family. In addition, each demonstrates a vested commitment to God. Each is devoted to their husband. Each is dedicated to the loving well-being of their children.
The writer of Proverbs 31 speaks of such women he referred to as “virtuous.” Who can find a virtuous woman, he asks. The term “virtuous” refers to a woman of ability, a woman who possesses personal power, and a woman who is capably strong. About this quality of woman, he expresses great admiration, saying, “Her price is far above rubies.”
When I consider the specific of Mother’s Day (which recognition is right and good), I tend to consider in general the subject of the ladies at large. The Bible tends to put that consideration in perspective for me, and, through the years, the same was re-enforced by my own mother and two grandmothers.
For example, the accomplishments of the ladies are so noteworthy. According to King Lemuel, the ascribed writer of Proverbs 31, ladies accomplish so much between the time in which they arise to start a day, and the time in which they end the day. It is amazing what he says the ladies do on behalf of their families, and what the ladies do for society at large. Thank the Lord for the ladies.
A certain wife and mother of the home had two daughters that often observed how proactive their mother was. One day the daughters asked their mother, “Why do you do so much? You get up early to help Dad prepare to leave for his work. You get us up and prepared for school. Then, you get ready to go to your work. Many times you help with the food ministry at church. You take us to church, and to our practices and games. Plus, you fix good suppers for us. Sometimes, you even take the time to go out on dates with Dad. Do you not ever think about eliminating some of the things you do?”
The mother smiled, and simply said, “It is important that I hold onto this rule of thumb, which is to do all that you can for all that you can whenever you can. Hopefully, my life will be best measured by that attitude.”
Lemuel wrote about such a lady that “her children arise up, and call her blessed. Her husband also, and he praises her.” He also wrote, “Strength and honor are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come. She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.”
The good thing that we men can do is to thank the Lord for the ladies. They deserve expressions of our appreciation.
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.