John D. Telgren

     Mom?  Mom?  Mom?  Mom?  Mom? Mo - - - - - - -mm!  Isn't it amazing what mom puts up with?  At times it would have seemed easy and just to be disowned by mom, but she stuck with us even though we nearly drove her insane at times.  Why?  Because she loves us.  There is a special bond between a mother and her child.
     Sometimes we miss it.  We have been punished, we have been given advice (even in adult-hood) that we think is just for the birds, and we sometimes get irritated at mom.  And we seem to forget about all the times that we have irritated her over the years.
     Show your mother love and appreciation for all that she has done and continues to do for you.  Do this not only by giving her a gift and telling her, but listen to her wisdom and instruction.  She will always be your mother and you will always be her baby no matter how old, big, or tall you get.

     So what should you do?  Consider these words
:  "Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old."  (Prov. 23:22)  "Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice."  (Prov. 23:25). 
     1)  First of all, make your mother proud and happy to be your mother.  Don't treat her like a fool because she is old.  Gray hair is a crown of honor, not a covering of shame. 

    Consider these words also: 
"Honor your Father and Mother"  (Eph 6:2).   There is no age limitation on "honor your father and mother" 
     2)  Second, Honor you Mother.  To honor means to "value" something.  Do you value your mother?  If so, what are you doing to show it?  To value your mother means you value her advice as well: 
"Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid." (Prov. 12:1)  When you mother gives you advice or corrects you, don't be "stupid".  Continue to honor her as well as love her.

     Mothers, don't give up. 
"Chasten your son while there is hope And do not set your heart on his destruction" (Prov. 19:18)  Sometimes it may be tempting to give your kids away or sell them, but the bottom line is you love your kids in spite of any grief they may cause.  The power of love causes you to overlook those things with patience just as God is patient in love with you.   So don't let up:  "Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul (Prov. 29:17)
     Thank God for Mothers!