1: a female parent
2: a woman in authority; specifically: the superior of a religious community of women
3: an old or elderly woman
4: maternal tenderness or affection
5: something that is an extreme or ultimate example of its kind especially in terms of scale
The Lord's definition of a mother:
Proverbs 31: 10-28
10 She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
What a blessing I have had in my mother. She is my best friend, encourager, advisor and confidant. My sister and I could not have asked for better parents. I hope to be as precious to my family one day as she has been and will always be to ours. Thanks, Mom!
I have also been blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law, Elaine. She too is also a Godly woman. She raised my husband to love and respect women. I owe her so much for teaching Ben to be a gentle, giving person. He definitely inherited her put-others-first attitude. She is a true Southern woman!
Happy Mother's Day to all women!