In the masterful depiction of the Proverbs 31 woman, I love how the writer validates her godliness and lasting beauty:
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
“But you excel them all.”
This godly woman’s own children and husband—who know her the best and benefit the most from her attention and care—proudly attest to her worth. Those verses impress me in two ways: first, that it is incumbent upon children and husbands to recognize and praise their mothers and wives for who they are and everything they do for their families and communities. Second: that it is not her beauty (we’re not even told if she’s beautiful), or her business savvy, or her charitable or volunteer work, or her great cooking skills (again, we’re not even told she was a great cook) that her family praises her for, but her life as a whole.
Mothers deserve that praise and it is our privilege this Sunday, on Mother’s Day, to set aside a day to especially acknowledge and celebrate our mothers. These incredibly brave women take on a lifelong role when they become mothers—a role that is by its very nature selfless. Mothers give of themselves to their children continually, from the time they give their bodies to nurture and house their unborn children to the end of their lives, when they leave behind a heritage that shapes their families’ futures. A mother’s life is a testament to her love for her family.
A selfless life is a noble life—the noblest there can be. As Daughters of Eve, mothers’ life-giving role bears the handprint of the Creator—a handprint of grace and beauty.
If you are a mother, I hope that you realize the blessing you are not only to your family but to your community and your nation as you raise the next generation and teach them how to live. And I hope that your family recognizes your value and praises you on Mother’s Day and every day. If you do not have children yourself, but you help fill in the “mother holes” in someone’s life, then I hope that you receive recognition and praise for your love and sacrifice.
If your mother is alive, or you have someone who fills the role of mother in your life, I hope that on Mother’s Day you rise up and call her blessed—because she is.
 Proverbs 31:28,29 (NKJV)