To all the mothers, congratulations y Feliz dia de las madres. Special appreciation to all the moms who have made a difference in my life, your mothering has gotten my attention. Sometimes, it was a personal touch, sometimes it was a wonderful example, y otras veces, your mothering arrested me and I checked my mothering so I could imitate “your approach”
Sister, friend and mother, these Proverbs are for you. They describe these traits of nobility: Strong. Trustworthy. Discrete. Honest. Hardworking. Kind. Considerate. Thorough. Intuitive. Gentle. Smart. Wise. Watchful. Prepared. Joyful. Generous. Classy. Courageous. Nurturing.
Let these verses bless you and encourage you to keep wearing that robe “of noble character” even when it feels tight or too big. Andale, when you read these Proverbs, you’ll might go back to a certain day, when your chamaca or chamaco put you through the late night, the extra work, the extreme exercise of self control, the period of anxiety, the season of exhaustion, the long rounds in the boxing ring, the worrisome bout of sickness, that terrible day you had to keep your standard and conviction to draw him back to God’s narrow path. Y por supuesto, the bubbly joy their righteous decisions brought you. What pleasure you felt when they were willing to sacrifice their comfort to bless another, and what extreme relief you felt at seeing God’s fingerprints in their lives.
10 * Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar. (
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm* clothes.
22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
Para mi, motherhood, has been a full time, overtime, jammed packed, wonderful, crazy and emotionally explosive ride of my life. Above all, it’s been something I am so grateful for. My ama’s mothering in my life, and the pleasure of mothering the best kids, now adults, in the whole wide world: Jonathan, Daniella, Emery and Thomas. Gracias a Dios, I do not forget his benefits.