Mother’s Day… from an Amish perspective.

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I am beginning to understand…

As I stood before the congregation this past Mother’s Day morning, listening to the preacher extol the many virtues of these women standing alongside me, something happened to me.

I am not someone who enjoys the spotlight. In fact, I get extremely nervous when I have to stand up in front of a group of people for any reason. So you can imagine that I was not up there by choice. When the pastor asked all of the mothers to come up, my mother pulled me with her so I went.

But as I stood there sweating out my nerves, I began to look at the experience through the eyes of an Amish mother.

An Amish mother is the embodiment of Proverbs 31.

Proverbs 31:10 – 31 KJV

[10] Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

~ Amish women guard their virtue fiercely because they understand that virtue is a precious gift God has bestowed upon her.

[11] The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

~ Amish marriage vows are second only to the vow a young person gives to God upon their baptism. Many of us who are not bound so tightly in our faith have no comprehension of the strength this commitment requires.

[12] She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

~ Amish women understand that it takes a strong woman to “submit” herself to God and then to her husband.

[13] She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

~ Amish dress so conservatively that most of their clothing HAS to be made by hand. And tourists come from all over to purchase hand-made items like quilts and toys because the workmanship that goes into them is unequaled.

[14] She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

~ Amish women work hard to build wonderful gardens so they are able to feed their families well.

[15] She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

~ Amish women work at all hours of the day or night to take care of their families. There is a lot of truth in the statement “A mother’s work is never done.”.

[16] She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

~ Amish mothers consider how every purchase will benefit their family… or not.

[17] She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

~ Men may work “by the sweat of their brow” but a woman’s hard work involves a lot more than just the physical.

[18] She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

~ No Amish wife or mother is going to go off to bed when there are things that still need to be done.

[19] She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

~ Amish women spend time making things for their family – and not just because it might cost less. A child is much more comforted under a blanket made by their mother’s own hands.

[20] She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

~ Every time a family in the community has needs to be met, the women bind together to bake goods and make beautiful quilts or other crafts that can be sold to make the money that is needed.

[21] She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

~ Amish women are taught to trust in God’s will but they are also taught to plan ahead.

[22] She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

~ Amish women dress very modestly but every Amish is taught how important it is to save her true beauty for her husband.

[23] Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

~ Every woman, Amish or not, wants to feel that her husband is valuable to his neighbors and respected in the community.

[24] She maketh fine linen, and selleth it ; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

~ Amish women want to be a credit to their husbands, their family and their community.

[25] Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

~ Amish women know how important it is to present a good witness. They teach their children by example.

[26] She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

~ There are thousands of Amish Proverbs and mothers are the ones who hold them most dear – in times of stress and times of teaching.

[27] She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

~ You will never find an Amish woman just sitting around when there are things to be done.

[28] Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also , and he praiseth her.

~ An Amish woman is truly the hub of her home. Everyone counts on her and she holds a special place in each of their hearts.

[29] Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

~ Nothing pleases an Amish woman more than seeing her daughter continuing in the faith and taking care of her own family.

[30] Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord , she shall be praised.

~ Amish women know that the things of this world are fleeting. They put their faith in God!

[31] Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

~ And this is where my article comes full circle. Amish women don’t cultivate pride. They don’t expect awards or rewards. They don’t want applause or praise.

Amish women understand that mothers don’t do all of the things we do for praise. We do it because we love to.

Yes there are times being a mother is a thankless job but again, we don’t do it for Thanks.

A good mother takes care of her family because they’re important to her – they are her life and their happiness is all the thank you she needs.

 

God Bless!

 

© Rachel L. Miller 2014

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