Monday, July 15, 2013

Chasing History: A Mother's Wisdom

Today I am linking up today with It Just Takes One  for her Chasing History series.  We’re learning about the women of the Bible and how their stories can impact OUR stories.

Much has been said about the "Proverbs 31  Woman". Books and ministries are based on verses 10-31 of Proverbs chapter 31. But I want to take a moment and look at the woman who taught all this wisdom to her son: King Lemuel's mother.

The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him...    Proverbs 31:1

I have so many unanswered questions about this amazing woman. However, Scripture tells us nothing about her background or earthly life other than she taught these wise sayings to her son.
What did she teach him?
-Stay away from bad habits (wine & women) that will impair your decision making (v.4-7)
-Defend the sick and poor (v.8-9)
-Find an excellent wife - one that will care for her home and her children and will make her husband look good (v.10-31)

I want to be a wise woman like the King's mother. I should be the one to explain to my children how the world works:
-how to avoid sinful habits
-how to treat others, especially caring for those in need
-how to conduct business with honesty and integrity
-what to look for in a lifetime marriage

These lessons are not just taught once but repeated over and over during the formative years of childhood to be ingrained in their minds. I pray my instruction to my children is encouraging, inspirational and memorable - that they would treasure it and pass it on the next generation. I pray that I would leave a legacy of faith and devotion to the Lord like King Lemuel's mother did for him.

1 comment:

  1. Taryn,

    I have to admit, I had no idea who this was when I first saw the name. But I love this! What an interesting way to look at it...His mother must have taught Him these things, and now they impact so many!