“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26
Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend (did you send your Mama a card?), so I’m dedicating this post to my Mom! My mom is a living example of many of the attributes given to the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, but verse 26 always stands out to me with her defining qualities. “She opens her mouth with wisdom…” Being a wise woman doesn’t just happen because you’re married, or you have 5 kids, or you’ve reached 50. Jesus said that the mouth speaks from that which fills your heart. My mom has spent her life immersed the Bible. She reads it, studies it, memorizes it and meditates on it. I have vivid memories of my mom quoting passages of Scripture to herself (and to us) throughout my childhood. She always has a verse or passage written somewhere in plain sight – on her daily planner, posted by the kitchen sink or on the bathroom mirror – to remind her of the Truth and to help ingrain it in her heart. There’s never a time when I go to her for wisdom that I receive pity, humanistic thinking or advice devoid of Scripture. When her mouth opens, the only thing that comes out is the wisdom from Scripture (or a line from The Andy Griffith Show…sometimes you just need to laugh!).
“…and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” I think kindness must be a natural result of a wise person opening their mouth. My mom is smart and very quick witted. She’d be a natural at the sarcasm that is so popular in our conversations – if she wasn’t so kind! 🙂 Her ability to be kind and gracious in any circumstance has always amazed me. Her kindness isn’t limited to lip-service. She gladly serves others – and me – with her kindness. Happy Mother’s Day, Momma! I love you! What do you love about your mom? I’d love for you to tell me in the comments (and then tell your Mom, too!).