Everyone needs someone who cares deeply for them, someone who loves them enough to give their life for them if necessary, someone who will be committed to them unconditionally.  Nothing gives a person a feeling of security more than knowing that there is someone like that to fall back on when the rest of the world turns them out.


Having had a mother who met those criteria lets me know there really are people like that in the world.  And then there are surrogate mothers, step-mothers and other people in the lives of orphaned and abandoned children who have given them love and support and would give their very lives for them.


This kind of love may sound foreign to one who hasn’t experienced it.  Unfortunately, there are mothers who don’t fit that description.  Sadly, some children have lost their mothers when they were mere infants and grew up without that kind of nurturing.  It’s hard to imagine, but there are mothers who have abandoned their children for their own lifestyle where the children didn’t fit in or just set them aside as if they didn’t matter at all.


Whatever the case may be, there is good news:  Everyone has access to that kind of love and support (mother-care).   If you’ve never known it, you can.  If it has been your privilege to grow up in a loving environment, you too have access to an even great love.


“Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12).


When the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments, He included one that said, “Honor thy father and thy mother.”  The essence behind this commandment was that the father and mother would be worthy of honor!  God expected them to supply the children with the kind of care that would foster honor.  He expected parents to introduce Him and His commandments to their offspring, so they would know Him as the loving God that He is.

To quote a former pastor, "God intended that man be the head of the house, but the woman is the heart of it."


“And thou shalt teach them [commandments] diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou riseth up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).


Maybe you haven’t been loved by a mother like God intended.  Maybe you have been deprived of mother-care.  But here’s the ‘good news’!  God has taken it into consideration and made provision for you.


When Jesus was on earth walking the dusty roads with His disciples, they looked to Him as He taught them about God’s love and intentions for the human race.  When He told them He would soon be leaving, they were shocked and saddened, because they had left behind their previous lives and followed Him expecting to see His Kingdom arise and to be a part of it.  Jesus knew what was in their hearts and comforted them with these words:


“If ye love me, keep my commandments [there’s that ‘word’ again—commandments!], And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever [emphasis mine]; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you [His presence], and shall in you [emphasis mine]” (John 14:15-17).


Can you see God’s plan?  Even if you missed the comfort of a loving mother who would give her life for you, you have an even greater One who gave His life for you, not just to save yours on this earth, but to preserve you for all eternity! 

Not only do we have His presence to surround us and comfort us, we have Him as an indwelling Presence who will never, never leave us.  Our mothers could only be with us when we were in their physical presence, but the “Other Comforter, the Holy Ghost,” is part and particle of our very beings!


The Psalmist knew about this prophetically when he wrote, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up” (Psalm 27:10).  He assumed that the most important people in our lives would be our parents who had the responsibility to teach us about God and nurture us to adulthood; but, in case they didn’t, we would have God-care like a mother’s who would “take us up,” love and care for us forever.


If you’ve missed the “Mother-Care” that you deserved, look to the greater “God-Care” which will not fail you, never ignore you and will be “in you” always.


I remember a story I heard while in elementary school that stuck in my memory.  It told of a mother hen who had a brood of young chicks.  They were caught in a brush fire, and she clucked and clucked until all the chicks were under her protective wings.  She hovered over them while the fire blazed around them.  After the fire, she was found still in that protective stance but her life was lost while her babies were safe under her body.  That’s a powerful story of mother-care, but it falls short compared to God-care.


Mothers can hold our hands and even give their lives to save ours, but they can’t give us that extended life beyond death.  God-care can!  Don’t allow whatever is in your past cause you to feel you aren’t loved. 


“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).


We don’t have to wait to deserve His love!  His is an “anyhow” kind of love that reaches beyond our worthiness.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).


Accept and rest in His Love.  Feel surrounded by it; let it saturate your innermost being.  Be comforted by the knowledge that it will never dissipate, dilute or vary from day to day.  It will stay the same under any and all circumstances.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).


Honor your mother on her special day.  If you still have her, let her know of your love, even if you feel she doesn’t deserve it; that’s the God-kind.  I hope you have a very special Mother like I had who, by example, taught me about God's Love!  If your mother is no longer with you, honor her memory.

And don’t forget the other mother-figures who have blessed your life.


“Happy Mother’s Day!”



A Little Something Extra

How To "Preserve" A Husband

Be careful in your selection.  Do not choose too young.  When selected, give your entire thoughts to preparation for domestic use.  Some wives insist upon keeping them in a pickle, others are constantly getting them into hot water.  This may make them sour, hard, and sometimes bitter; even poor varieties may be made sweet, tender and good by garnishing them with patience, well sweetened with love and seasoned with kisses.  Wrap them in a mantle of charity.  Keep warm with a steady fire of domestic devotion and serve with peaches and cream.  Thus prepared, they will for years.

.....Author Unknown to me


(Fellows, this would work to "Preserve a Wife" as well!)

~~Pages for "Mother"~~

The Oilers

A Test of Love

Mother Care

Marvelous Creature

Perfect Mother

Like A Mother

Things From My Mother's Heart

More About My Mother (and Daddy)





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