Being a mother is a very difficult job! It calls for many hours of thankless labor, often during the middle of the night when no one sees or cares. There is the work of training and disciplining in addition to countless diapers to change and meals to make. Words of encouragement can make a world of difference for them.
I’ve been at this business of mothering for a long time so I’m beginning to reap the rewards of my years of labor, but there are many mothers who are in the beginning years. They are home with several preschool children and it often looks like an overwhelming task they are facing.
For many years I have mentored young mothers. Many of them have several young children, husbands who work hard, small apartments or homes, limited finances, and struggle to be the wives and mothers they want to be.
One of them was very discouraged and read me a list of areas in which she felt she was failing. It was a list most mothers could have written but I was surprised to hear her say these things since I felt she was doing so well. After listening to her I offered some words of encouragement and finally said, “I brag about you!” Her response was, “Really?”
I offered her encouragement by sharing that I’m always telling others
how well she is doing.
I’ve even said I wish I had done as well during my husband’s school years. This was just what she needed to hear. Why had I waited so long to tell her? Why did I tell others yet fail to tell her?
I was convicted that I often keep encouraging words to myself instead of sharing them with the people who need to hear them. I was reminded of Proverbs 25:11
” A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. “
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I determined to watch for opportunities to share a word of encouragement when I can, especially with young mothers. These opportunities present themselves often. How about the young mother at the store? Could you hold the door for her so she can enter more easily, and while you’re doing that, how about a word of encouragement?
I wrote about some words of encouragement I received in my article I Hate Going To The Doctor.
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