"The heart of the perfect Mother"
As we journey into the month of May our thoughts turn to those who are truly deserving of our praise and adoration… our moms.  From our childhood we look to our mothers for the love, nurture, and care that we can never expect from anyone else.
As I think about the virtues of mothers everywhere my thoughts go to Proverbs 31, the “virtuous woman” passage.  There are several things that you notice as you look carefully at this passage.  First, you notice that there is no description of this woman’s appearance.  She is never described as beautiful.  We know nothing about her hair color.  Information on her weight or height is not available.
This seems odd to our modern concept of the perfect woman.  Appearance is one of our highest priorities, for both women and men.  Billions of dollars are spent annually in an attempt to give us the perfect size, the ideal hair color, a perfect complexion, the whitest teeth, etc., etc., etc.
We do all of this to gain the admiration of people… people we meet at social gatherings, people we meet on the street, people we don’t even know all that well. But look at Proverbs 31 again.  Who were the people that sang the praises of this virtuous woman?  Her family!  She was praised by the people who saw her at her worst.  They were the people who saw her without make-up.  They got to see her bed head, bath robed, baggy-eyed, just got out of bed appearance.  And yet they were the ones who thought she was the most perfect person in the world.
What was her secret?  It wasn’t a product that promised to make her more attractive, but rather an inner beauty that came from an ongoing relationship with God.  Verse 30 says,
   “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain:  but a
   woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”
The people who know you best, the people that will always measure you not by your appearance but by your inner qualities, are looking for a mom (a woman) who has a strength of character that can only come from God.  This is the source of perfection; this is what those who know you need to see.

Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price..     1 Peter 3:3-4 (KJV)



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