Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
I've always been proud of my daughter, Sarah Jane. Even though we didn't always see eye-to-eye when she was growing up, I understood that tensions between mothers and daughters are inevitable. My Mom and I shared many misunderstandings and downright confrontations during my teen and early adult years, but those never severed the love-line between us. The commandment to honor father and mother has not always ruled my day, but the older I got, the more compelling this commandment became. It is real beyond real, true beyond true. It is one we should all acknowledge, respect and obey.
I peruse these photos sent from Sarah's IPhone and find myself coping with opposing sentiments of hope and melancholy.
So, I decide to send a message to my daughter: One day, this winsome Virginia Rose could pose more problems than you, Sarah, could ever imagine. One day, little Savannah Jane, the image of innocence now, could defy your heart and your desire that she blossom in this world. What will you do? How will you handle it?
My only advice is the phrase my Nana, your great-grandmother, passed on to all of us: Love them, no matter what. Just love them.
Is there any parenting advice which could top that? I don't think so. Keep on loving, Sarah, keep on loving! And, the Lord will always see you through.
And, one day, I know, your grown girls will rise up to bless you.
Parents, were your children a piece of cake to raise, or did you endure struggle after struggle in the process? Please share your experiences, the good, the bad, and the ugly, in the comment section.
Prayer: Today, Father, we lift up all parents who are raising their children the best they know how. Help them when they struggle. Help them when lines of understanding and communication seem severed. And, above all, let these parents love their children as You love us - no matter what. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.