by Roger Thomas

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The Worth of a Mom (2 of 8)
Series: Family Classics
Roger Thomas
Proverbs 31

Moms have to be tough! For one thing, mothers have to survive Mother's Day. Consider these Mother's Day experiences. Eight-year-old Mary wrote her mother a note for Mother's Day. "Dear Mother, here is the box of candy I bought you for Mother's Day. It is very good candy. I know because I already ate three pieces."

Billy Graham says his favorite story is about a husband who was not very attentive to his wife. Mother's Day rolled around. He started feeling guilty. The guy usually never bought her anything. After all, he argued, "She's not my mother!" Bad reasoning! This particular year he decided to make Mother's Day different. On his way home from work he bought a box of candy and some flowers to surprise her.

He arrives at home, walks up to the door and rings the doorbell. She opens it. He stands there, candy in one hand, flowers in the other, crooning, "I love you truly, truly, Dear." Instantly she starts crying. It's not tears of joy, but deep heartbreaking sobs. "Oh, Harry!" she cries, "This is the worst day of my life! The dishwasher quit. The toilet backed up. The kids have been fighting all day. The house is a wreck. And now you come home drunk!"

Moms have to be tough! As we all know, it's a good thing, a very good thing, that God designed women to be mothers. If men had been given the task, life wouldn't be a pretty picture!
Our text offers an insight into the wide-range of responsibilities that a mom shoulders. Moms often cringe when they hear Proverbs 31 is going to be read on Mother's Day. Who can live up to that laundry list of responsibilities? Some suggest that it had to be a man who wrote this chapter. I can understand the sentiment. The list does seem overwhelming. Let me suggest another way to read it.

Proverbs 31:10-31 is an acrostic. The twenty-two verses correspond to the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the o ...

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