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Working Moms!!

Three verses in Proverbs 31 sum up God's estimate of the role faithful women play and the work they perform in behalf of their husbands and children and communities: "Who can f ind a virtuous wif e? For her worth is far above rubies .... Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who f ears the LOW), she shal I be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates" (3 1: 10, 30, 3 1). This tremendous tribute reminds us God esteems the character, roles, work, and responsibilities of a godly wife and mother even if our culture does not. A little boy, when told by his own mother that it was God who made people good, responded, "Yes, I know it is God, but mothers help a lot." Thoughtful people realize that mothers help a lot, an awful lot. An old adage asserts more truth than some men may admit: "Man's work is from sun to sun, but woman's work is never done." Anyone who is aware of the work faithful wives and mothers do for their families realizes how ridiculous it is to ask a mother, any real mother, "Do you work?" whether she works outside the home or exclusively inside it. Godly mothers are some of the busiest, hardest working, most fatigued people on the planet! As one mother said, "The joy of motherhood is what a woman experiences when all the children are finally in bed." A working mother must have penned this poem: "Some may climb Mount Everest, in search of thrills galore) But I scale peaks that rival it, just past the laundry door./ Slopes of socks and underwear, sheer cliffs of shirts and pants./ Oh, yes, I live in mortal fear of a laundry avalanche." Don't dare ask a conscientious mother if she works or you may get an angry, or at least an exasperated stare!

Theodore Roosevelt paid tribute to the work mothers do with these words: "When all is said, it is the mother, and the mother only, who is a better citizen than the soldier who fights for his country. The successful mother, the mother who does her part in rearing and training aright the boys and girls who are to be the men and women of the next generation, is of greater use to the community, and occupies, if she would only realize it, a more honorable as well as more important position than any man in it. The mother is the one supreme asset of the national life. She is more important, by far, than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist." Roosevelt's words remind us that no one can replace a mother who works at the work God assigns mothers to do. Thank God for moms who work!

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ