Friday, May 9, 2014

The Gift Every Mother Needs for Mother's Day

"It takes a village to raise a child" is an old African proverb. By your understanding of this phrase you may agree or disagree. But I will tell you one thing -- it takes a community to raise a mother.

It takes mothers and grandmothers and aged women to model this calling of motherhood. This laying down of a life in love and service through health and happiness, sickness and sorrow. It takes fathers and grandfathers and aged men to live out words like "love" and " cherish" and "nurture" in real life. And when men and women live lives that look like that? It encourages mothers to live the hard words like "honor" and "respect" and "submit".

It takes love "with shoes on" to make a mother. People who will make the time and take the effort to teach the young women to take their job seriously, to love their husbands and children as a matter of the will, to show wisdom and discretion in thought and speech and lifestyle, and yes, to cook and clean, and live a truly good life.

It takes fellowship with believers in church to grow strong mothers. But what if no one is in fellowship there? What if we just let the mothers come and go without being given truth? Where else will they get it? If "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world," shouldn't some one be filling mothers up with Scripture and inspiring them to teach it to their children?

And shouldn't we be praying? Praying our mothers through births of babies, and toddler tantrums, and sleepless nights, and flu season, and puberty, and children's hard hearts, and money troubles, and hospital stays, and priority troubles, and empty nests?

And while breakfast in bed and dinner out and flowers and chocolates are nice...these are the things that are needful.

To all of you wonderful people who have chosen to pray with us through Lili's surgery and to show your love and care in any way you could.....thank you. You have given the best Mother's Day gift ever. Love that is willing to do something.


  1. Oh, Patty! This is so beautiful!! We love you and we are praying for each of you!! LOVE YOU!

  2. Patty,
    You have such a beautiful way with words! I love reading your blog and I have been praying for your family through all the hospital trips, stays and surgery. Thank you for sharing your heart with all of us. What an encouragement you are through all of this.- Tara Dunford

  3. What a wonderful post! So true. we are continuing to pray for your precious family. I love your pictures! We love you. The Hilliard Family