She was but a young girl when she made her first serious vow:
"I will never do anything that will hurt my mother."
And, young as she was at the time of her vow, she remembered and kept it throughout her mother's life.
Mutual respect limits regrets. Family loyalty demonstrates love. Keeping promises promotes personal peace.
Then, one day, this girl found herself in a vowing mood again. This time she wore a white gown and walked down a church aisle to meet a man awaiting her at the altar.
He was eager to hear her vows and make his own so the two could be pronounced one.
Launching into their new life together, the man kept remembering the words of King Solomon's mother when she advised him about the importance of finding a good woman to be his wife: "Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her, so he has no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil all the days of his life," Proverbs 31:10-12.
So, the man felt good about his bride and their future.
Soon children began arriving and the man began to wonder about this woman. She was constantly busy and seemed to have wisdom beyond her years. He again saw traits in her that fit the description given to Solomon about an ideal wife: "Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness," Proverbs 31:25-27.
Spiritual qualities kept developing in this young wife. She was guiding their children in ways of truth -- praying with them, teaching them Bible verses and songs of faith and modeling faithfulness.
He also learned about a third vow she had made: "I will never do anything to hurt my husband or my children!"
Now the words of Solomon's mother came to mind again: "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her," Proverbs 31:28.
And let every mother know God wants the same for them.
Roger Campbell is an author, radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist from Waterford, Mich. He has written more than 20 books and has had articles published in most major Christian magazines. He was a pastor for 22 years and has been a guest speaker in Alaska churches from Anchorage to Homer.
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