Like Mother, Like Daughter (Proverbs 31:1)

“We saw the cutest little girl today. She was afraid of seeing the dentist but Mom was able to calm her down and we were able to clean her teeth.”

I was earnestly listening to my daughter discuss her day with our family at the dinner table. For the past two months, she had been assisting my wife, a pediatric dentist, in her office. As I watched my daughter and wife enthusiastically delve deeper into the nuances of dental care, a broad smile emerged on my face. She was exhibiting the same enthusiasm that my wife has when she discusses her day with me. Not only was she immensely enjoying the experience, she even began thinking about changing her career plans to dentistry. Neither me nor my wife had ever pushed our respective careers upon our children. It was gratifying to see the evolution of my daughter’s career choice. My wife was imparting her many years of wisdom and experience to my daughter and she was positively responding. Like mother, like daughter!

Her mouth speaks wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.

Proverbs 31:26 (CSB)

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.

Proverbs 31:30 (CSB)

The Bible honors the godly influence of mothers in the lives of their children. Whether it is through the spiritual or vocational guidance, a godly mother is one who fears God above all else.

The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message, which his mother taught him. 

Proverbs 31:1 (NLT)

In this last chapter from the book of Proverbs, the author, King Lemuel, honors his mother. Many Bible scholars believe King Lemuel was really King Solomon, acclaimed as the wisest man in the world at that time. Most of the Book of Proverbs was written by him, inspired by God, the Holy Spirit. Yet in this last chapter of Proverbs, Solomon acknowledges the role that his mother, Bathsheba, had in molding and shaping his faith in God. Solomon’s great wisdom in God was rooted in his mother’s tender guidance and example. 

I am thankful that my wife is a godly woman who fears God. Since the birth of our children, she has been a positive spiritual influence, helping to shape their understanding of God’s love, grace, and mercy. Now, as a young adult, my wife is taking on a new role as she imparts her collective wisdom as a pediatric dentist to our daughter. The nurturing influence of a godly mother never ceases!

Like mother, like daughter. 

Praise God!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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