Friday – A Tribute to Mothers

By Paul E. Collier

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:28-29

In this crazy world we are living in, days become a blur! I think Mother’s Day can be lost if we are not careful. We need to pay tribute to the mother’s in our life, every day.

I am fortunate to have had an extraordinary mother. My early memory of her was of a mother who was 100% devoted to her husband and her two children. One advantage we have is that my mom was a registered nurse. She was the neighborhood doctor and a great nutritionist. That always was not good for a kid who liked to eat junk.

The devotion and love my sister and I saw between my parents gave us much satisfaction and comfort. When my dad was on shift work on Sundays. my mom would walk with us about a mile from our house to catch public transportation to attend church! At the time I thought it was crazy, but now it is a precious memory.

I also want to share about my wife, Patty. Our first son was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1977. At the time we were raising support to go to Paraguay. We lived in a little basement apartment and enjoyed every moment of those early days. They were not easy days, but she never complained. Her eyes were fixed on the author and finisher of faith. Our second son was a big surprise. He was born in language school in Edinburg, Texas. He was born just 15 months after our first. There never was a complaint. She was a loving and nurturing mother. 

Then the rubber met the road as we prepared to leave for Paraguay. This was the biggest challenge so far. We were going to a difficult mission field. We were headed to Paraguay with an 18-month-old and a three-month-old. I will never forget what happened in the queue in Miami for our flight to South America. A lady in front of us asked where we were going. I replied, Paraguay. She asked, “Why do you want to go THERE?” Patty did not flinch. Our third son was born there in 1984. There were many trials, but the blessings outweighed them all.

“...but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)

Bible Reading Plan - Day 5

Exodus 12

Ps 78:1–10

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