My professional career as a teacher and administrator began at a rural Christian school in North Dakota. The other teachers were all women. I will never forget what one of them said to me, “We are praying you get married and have all girls.” They believed my demeanor could use a little softening, and they were right. Fast forward about twenty years. I am now married with three children, all girls.
I am blessed with a household of ladies. God uses them to polish my rough edges. There is no comparison for the compassion of a mother’s heart I see in my wife, and there is nothing like the tender and gentle heart of a young girl practicing motherhood with a dolly. They teach me to better understand compassion and community.
I would not be the man I am today without the women God has placed in my life. So, please allow me to express a simple word of thanks. I have already mentioned my wife and daughters, and everybody who reads my articles should know my gratitude for my mother. I am also grateful for the godly women of our church who love with passion and sacrifice. They are often the first to respond to people in need and serve in many roles that receive little public recognition. Thank you for making the local church happen. I am also grateful for women who never stop praying. I am a pastor today because of praying women. My home church invited me to preach when I was in college. One elderly woman approached me after the service and told me, “I have been praying for you since you began delivering my newspaper. I have prayed you would be a pastor, and I now I know it will happen.” I thanked her for praying and told her I would never be a pastor. Her reply, “I am going to keep praying anyway.” That was more than 20 years ago, and today I am a pastor. I also discovered teachers in my high school had prayed for me. One even invited me to begin attending church. “Thank you” to all of the praying women in my life.
Finally, I praise God for those women who display godliness before my daughters. I celebrate when my daughters emulate women who love the Lord so much it shows. Their love for the Lord is obvious in their modest dress, humble and joyful attitudes, and servant hearts. My daughters take notice, and I am grateful for you. “Thank you” for helping me to raise my daughters to love the Lord as much as you do.
Happy Mothers’ Day everybody!
Proverbs 31:30-31 – Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.