SOUTHFIELD, MI – A Proverbs 31 woman is what many Christian women strive to be. Taking the time to read the scripture on your own, you will find this passage (Proverbs 31: 27-31): “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he 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 praise at the city gate.”
As a mother we can often view life as busy and overwhelming. After all, our kids have sports, science projects, birthday parties, melt downs and the list goes on. That list only encompasses us trying to keep up with our kids affairs as we try to maintain our own sense of self. Our lives alone can include dating your husband, working full time, being a part of a ministry, managing household duties, and finding time to have a hobby IF there is still time left.
Take a moment to stop in the craziness. Look around you and notice the laughter accompanied with smiles, the love embraced with a hug, the moments that become memories. We are blessed. Our children are blessed. Our family is blessed.
Our hard work and dedication to our children is not in vain. We are helping to mold minds, create disciples, and cultivate character. Trust God in the process and realize He has equipped us to be all the makings of a Proverbs 31 woman. Rest in knowing God will guide you in the moments you feel uncertain, comfort you in the moments you feel overwhelmed, and listen to your silent cries when you feel doubtful. Being a mother is not always going to be a perfect picture, but God has put you in perfect purpose.
I am grateful that God chose me to be the vessel and steward of my now 6 and 4 year old children. Both of my children have tested my patience, and made me question my temperament. Kids have the ability to unknowingly reveal characteristics you did not know was dormant in you. It is in those moments that I have to step back and realize that God is trying to reveal something to me, the need to be more self aware and a better me. My children keep me on my toes, but I would not trade it as their brilliance, silliness, creative spirit, unconditional love, and`remind yourself that we are fulfilling purpose as mothers and the reward is great. Time passes by fast, enjoy it and thank God for it. Treat yourself this Mother’s Day for a job well done. Have a Great Mother’s Day!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tolice is a church planter. In 2016, Her and her husband planted Crossover Church in Southfield, Michigan. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University earning her master's degree in occupational therapy. She has been married to Pastor Ken Nether for 7 years in which they have a 6 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. In her spare time she enjoys family time, traveling, and searching for her next adventure.