What Defines A Mother?
Such a seemingly simple word, the term Mother encompasses one of the most complex relationships we have.
A Mother is a caretaker, caring for all the needs of a child—emotionally and physically.
A Mother is an instructor, instructing her child from the moment she hears the first sound escape from his lips to the final step heard as he goes out the door to begin his own life.
A Mother is a teacher, teaching life’s lessons of love, loss, and laughter gained from the experiences of her own life.
A Mother is a disciplinarian, using correction to benefit her child, which also benefits society in whole; not out of need to control or abuse, but because of her love.
A Mother is a protector, whether the danger comes from outside the home or from inside the child. She is always a step ahead, watching for those lurking evils that disguise themselves as something good.
A Mother loves without being told how and gives without asking how much.
A Mother takes a child and cares for him through the millions of moments in his life, whether they be joyful, peaceful, and carefree, or worrisome, troublesome, and heart breaking.
What defines a Mother?
I believe the relationship with the child, and not the number of children one has, defines the mother. A true Mother is a woman that sacrificially loves the child in her care, no matter how, or if, they are related.
Many women have given birth, but not all have accepted the responsibility of “Mother”.
A Mother “…looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed…Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:27, 28, 31
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