by LINDSAY LI SOUMAR
(member of the mt airy church of Christ)
I was told at one time that being a mother will change you and your life. I was skeptical about it until becoming a mother of two boys. Those little humans, God’s gift, are small, but very powerful because they change you every day. When I was told to write this topic, “what did I learn as a mother”, I look at my kids at home and think what I have learned. Does feeding them, putting clean clothes on them, putting them to sleep count?
The list can go longer and longer. I didn’t know any of that before I become a mother. I probably did not know how to or would refuse to talk to a kid with the baby tones. Whenever I see them on the street, I think they are the cutest creatures on earth. Then I realized that being a mother is a lifelong learning process.
For example, my two and a half old boy is learning how to speak these days. He will say everything that I say. I know that I need to be careful about what I say to him or around him. He is like a miniature me until he develops his own ability to choose right or wrong. I know I am not perfect, but I want to be perfect in front of him every minute. My other boy who is 10 months wants me to hold him all the time. When I hold him, he will stop crying and start smiling at you. Both need me! As a mother, my job is not only to provide food, clothes, or places to stay, but to pass down my best qualities as calm, wise, and kind to children and everyone around them. In Proverbs 31:26, “her mouth is full of wisdom; kindly teaching is on her tongue”. At the same time, we need to be strong and not lazy since being a mother is not a one day, or a one year job, but a lifelong duty.
Proverbs 31: 25-28 says “strength and honor are her clothing; she is confident about the future. Her mouth is full if wisdom; kindly teaching is on her tongue. She is vigilant over the activities of her household; she doesn’t eat the food of laziness. Her children bless her; her husband praises her: ‘Many women act competently, but you surpass them all.”
This is what I want myself to be as a mother to be strong and resilient, serve my family by inspiring kindness and perseverance in my children. Being a mother is not a easy job. There are a lot of sacrifices but I’m grateful to have the opportunity from God to become a mother and to get better every day.