Proverb 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
Every time God has wanted something great to be done in the Earth, He first had to have a child born here. Without a mother, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Samuel, David, or Jesus wouldn’t have been here. We are indebted to mothers for sure just on that basis although there are certainly many other reasons we should honor and bless our mothers. Here’s how you can bless her and not be like the generation spoken of in the Proverbs:
Honor means to esteem highly and respect; give importance, value, or weight to; defer to or give advantage to. Honor her by not taking things for granted. We benefit from their help without acknowledging it or even saying thanks. Moms sacrifice all the time and give the advantage to their children and family. Why not do what’s to her advantage, what she wants, what she likes ahead of our preferences.
First Peter 3:7 uses the word honor directed to husbands to honor their wives as the physically weaker vessel. I know there are some very strong women, wives, and moms but part of honor is recognizing there is, in general, a difference in physical strength and endurance. That means helping out and helping to share the physical work load. Help with caring for family members, the cooking, cleaning, coordinating of children’s involvements, and all the contacts that sometimes need to be made by moms. Help her get more time for herself. Help her get more time with God. A fifteen year old came home from school one day only to find his mom in bed at 3:30 pm. He asked if she was sick or something. The mom said, “as a matter of fact I don’t feel so good, I’m tired, and I’m fighting off this cold.” The son said, “Don’t worry about dinner Mom, I’ll help you. I’ll be happy to carry you down to the kitchen.”
Twice in Proverbs Solomon instructs us not to forsake our mother’s law or teaching. (Pr. 1:8; 6:20). We should listen to and not take their words to us lightly but make them carry weight. Shutting them out, ignoring their words, or only yielding after making them wrestle with our will is not what God had in mind through Solomon’s instruction in Proverbs. Have you ever noticed how children sometimes don’t talk to and listen to their mom like they do their friends? With their friends they open up and share real personal feelings; adjust their mood; laugh with them; listen to what they think; make the effort to talk in the right tone; and wouldn’t think of rolling their eyes, disrespecting, shunning, or ignoring them. But what about mom?
In closing, in addition to blessing your mom by honoring, helping, and hearing her, why not pray for her. If your mom is anything like my mom or the way my wife is over her children there is no one on the planet Earth that has prayed more for you. Don’t wait for a crisis, an illness, or old age to come. Bless her by praying for her every day. For those who have a mother who has passed away give thanks to God and teach your children to honor their mom.