Ezekiel was actually talking about Jerusalem in the verse above but I think the comparison is good. "As is the mother, so is her daughter." That's why little girls like to play dress up and wear their mother's make up and high heels. They can't wait to be just like their mothers. I was cutting out coupons the other night and when I got up to get a drink, I returned to find my four year old granddaughter in my seat with my scissors and a sheet of newspaper. I said, "What are you doing, Jenna?" She looked up, gave me a big smile and said, "I'm being you, Meme!" That made me stop and think!
2 Chronicles 22:2,3
A good mother wants what's best for her child. Two days ago just thirty minutes from here a
mother pointed a loaded gun at her three year old son's head to escape the police.
Last winter, eight miles from here a grandfather shot and killed his eight year old grandson. In
the first scripture above (2nd Chronicles) Ahaziah's mother counseled him to do wickedly. Our
children are watching us every minute. When you think they aren't listening, they hear everything
you are saying. My daughter and son-in-law bought a new car a few weeks ago. My six year old grandson was
staying with me that day. His mom sent me an email and the subject line read: DON'T TELL ROSS - IT'S
A SECRET. I didn't know he had come into the room and was looking at the computer screen over my shoulder. He's only in the first grade but he said, "Don't
tell me what? What's a secret?" They read things you leave laying around. They listen to your
telephone conversations. They hear you and your spouse when you argue. A good mother always
looks to see where her children are before she speaks if she is going to say something they do not
need to hear! And when her children ask her advise, no matter how trivial or silly the subject
seems to her, she will try to take the time to listen and offer good advise. Their little problems
may seem small to you but they are big to them!
I can't, with a good conscience, leave this subject without saying something to older children.
Just as a good mother will take care of her children, good children will take good care of their
mothers! For some women, when their child or children moves away from home it is devastating.
If this happens to your mother, you need to call often, visit often and include her in your life
as much as you can. Please don't shut your mother out of your life after you leave home. She has
been there for you all your life and now that you are on your own you need to include her in what
you are doing. You needed her for years, chances are, now she needs you! If you are an older
adult and your mother is older, she may need your help. She might need you to volunteer to help
her out around the house once in a while. How long has it been since you noticed things
in her house? How long has it been since the windows have been washed. Do the curtains need
cleaning? The whole house might need a good Spring Cleaning. She probably would never
ask for your help. Don't make her feel like it's a big deal. Just tell her you have a
day with nothing to do and thought it would be a good idea to spend some time together. Then ask
her if there is something she needs you to do for her.
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