The Proverbs 31 woman is BLESSED BY HER CHILDREN and she is PRAISED.
v. 27-29 says
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her saying:
“Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
How many of you are waiting for your children to rise up and bless you? We may have a bit of a wait. I told you that this was not today’s to-do list, but our goals for our lifetime. I definitely want this blessing from my children and my husband – even though it will take hard work to get it.
Why is praise so important? In Dr. James Dobson’s book What Wives Wish Husbands Knew About Women, he talks about the loneliness and depression that is often associated with wives and mothers. He stresses to the husband that just communicating his understanding and appreciation of what we are doing can keeps us from feeling that loneliness that leads to depression. It is important for us as women to feel appreciated and loved. We achieve that, the Bible says, by emulating this Proverbs 31 woman.
While you are waiting for them to grow up and acknowledge you, let me bless you. You are a fantastic mother! You love your children with your whole heart! You work diligently and you get more done than you think you do! You are an example and a witness everyday of the love of our Creator. Keep up the good work!