‘Can a woman forget her baby?’ Isaiah 49.15 VOTD

“Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast?
Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne?
Even if mothers were to forget,
I could never forget you!”

Isaiah 49.15

God uses the figure of a mother to describe his compassion for Israel.

Can God truly be understood in human language? What dangers lurk here?

#VOTD #motherhood #God

Hugh’s News & Views (Mother)

Hugh’s news & Views

WHAT MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Mother’s Day was established by Anna Marie Jarvis (with the help of Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker) following the death of her mother. Jarvis campaigned to establish Mother’s Day, first as a U.S. national holiday, and, later, as an international holiday. The holiday was first officially declared by the state of West Virginia in 1910, and the rest of the states soon followed. Mother’s Day in some fashion and on various dates is celebrated throughout the world.

I am glad our world recognizes the value of mothers. Without them none of us would be here! Someone said: “The sweetest sounds to mortals given, Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.” Almost fifty years ago, in a speech at David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University) in Nashville, the late Batsell Barrett Baxter said, “The Christian wife and other is the strongest influence in the church today.”

For almost fifty-six years I have been blessed with a wonderful wife who has been a great mother and grandmother. Her mother was taken suddenly from us in 1973 at the young age of 60 in a freak accident. She was a kind, thoughtful, and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. My own mother was a strong, industrious, and independent-minded woman. She passed away a little less than five years ago at the age of 93.

While not original with me, I can strongly relate to the following which someone listed as being lessons learned from an old-fashion mother. Perhaps many of our readers had a mother like the one described. In my judgment, we need more such mothers today.

My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done. “If you are going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning this house.”

She taught me religion. “You better pray that what you spilt will come out of this rug.”

She taught me about time travel. “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week.”

She taught me logic. “Because I said so.” Continue reading

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“Christian” single chooses to be mom

What do you think about this woman’s comment to Ann Coulter’s article about single moms?

Since I hate for people who ask me what I think to keep their opinions to themselves so they can come out later and whack on others, here’s my take: It’s weird in the extreme, besides touting a bad interpretation of Scripture.

The woman doesn’t reveal how she “chose to have a child.” We’ll assume (yes, dangerous assumption, I know) she adopted or chose artificial insemination.

To deprive a child of a father is selfishness. That seems to be the best summary of it to my mind.

#motherhood, #sexual-mores, #single-moms

Ode to the Shining Example

My mother has so many endearing qualities. I will focus on two that are so intertwined, I don’t know how to separate the two. First, she loved (and still does) her children more than just about anything. She is the most selfless person I’ve ever known. We were her world. Second, she is a devoted Christian. I cannot remember a time in my childhood missing worship, and as we grew, we were always at the center of anything going on at church. Visiting preachers came home with us for Sunday dinner — their whole families too. Even today, she is busy working in the church, preparing items for the battered women’s shelter, organizing the other women to send cards to the sick, helping host birthday parties and dinners for the widows, helping with VBS. She just looks around at anything that is happening and finds *something* she can do to help.

So why are these two qualities to intertwined? It is her great love for me and the Christian example she set before me that have, many times through the years, helped keep me on the straight and narrow. You see, the thought of disappointing her and causing her pain makes me cringe. Is she perfect? Of course not. No human is. But those are some pretty big shoes for any woman to fill, in my estimation. She is a shining example and one that I strive to emulate, even today. Thanks be to God for this woman.

#example, #mother, #mothers-day, #mothers-love, #motherhood, #nudge

Daily Nudge: mother quality

Name a quality of your mother that endeared her to you. What characteristic or habit of hers drew her nearer to you? Perhaps something that many mothers have in common or a trait that was unique to her.

Of course, this is Mother’s Day, both in the US and in Brazil, who knows where else? Our congratulations to all those good and godly mothers who devote themselves to one of the most important tasks among men.

Yesterday, I shared my tribute in a poem to “My Mother.”

Have a great First Day and Mother’s Day!

#mothers-day, #motherhood, #nudge