Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mother

Mother and Me

Mother with her dolls.
Mother with her brood. (Dayle, Elaine & Gayle)

My mother's birthday is Monday. I'll be spending time with her this weekend. I'm beyond grateful for the moments we share. For the life she's lived. For the example she is. It's a privilege calling her "Mom."

Most Christians are familiar with the "virtuous woman" passage in Proverbs. Those verses of Scripture depict my mother perfectly. In her honor, I'm posting them today. In any translation, it's a lovely read. Here it is from The Message.

Proverbs 31:10-31
(The Message)

Hymn to a Good Wife

A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!

Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with a godly mother. Her fingerprints are forever stamped on my life.

Joining Spiritual Sundays. I hope your weekend is wonderful.


  1. What a perfect honor for your Mother.
    It warms my heart to hear a daughter speak so highly of her mother.
    Enjoy every moment with her.

  2. She is a jewel. We are blessed to be her children.

  3. Sticking my big blog nose in to wish your mother a wonderful celebration with those she loves.

    Happy Birthday to her!

  4. Happy Birthday to your mother! That is a sweet post about her.

  5. Such a nice way to remember your mom's birthday.

  6. Hi Gayle,

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom. Have a great weekend as the two of you spend time together.

    Blessings and peace.


  7. Please tell your mom Happy Birthday from Spiritual Sundays. What a blessing for you to spend some time with her.
    God Bless,

  8. How precious. Happy Birthday to your dear mother. I know she is proud of her family as you are proud of her.

  9. This is just a precious post honoring your mother. I hope your time together is that of the making-memories kind. She must be a special woman of God.

  10. Amen sista... I love that post..and the pictures.. I had a great momma too..but she is in heaven now.. but what a wonderful feeling it is to have had a great mom,,and I hope that I can be half of what she was..