Although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is, in some respects, one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked... in which I have spoken of so many important things done by Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply, To the superiority of their women.

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Gotta do a Mother's Day post with this blog entitled, The republican Mother and all.

 12For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
 13As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
--Isaiah 66:12-13

This is one of my favorite "mother" scriptures that illustrates not only God's relationship toward Israel, but the ideal behavior of a mother and child. Notice that the mother is always present, holding the child at her side, bouncing him on her knee, and the nursing babe being satisfied.

I'll never forget being at a local park back when I just had two kids. A little girl about 9 years old had ridden her bike from some condos next door and was attracted to my baby girl.  She asked where my older girl went to school, and I said that she went to preschool a couple of days a week. Then she asked, but where does she go after that. I replied, "she goes home with me." The little girl looked down and said 'oh', real sad. It really hurt me that going home with your mom or having a mother available to you wouldn't have entered her mind. You have to be going to somewhere all of the time.

God's plan for raising mentally healthy persons is for someone to be there with them, pretty much all the time.  (Deut 6.) For those of you who think you would be nuts if you were around your kids all the time, that's the first sign you're going off the tracks. You see, a properly domesticated child is not a butt-wipe to be around. In fact, the older my kids get, the more helpful and mature they become. They're modeling their behavior after me, not a bunch of kids in a "lord of the flies" situation. We have arguments and all that fun stuff, but I can say that I can take all my kids to a restaurant by myself and not be embarrassed. 

So when people ask me "what I do", I reply, I help preserve Western Civilization by raising children who can write cursive, know their multiplication tables, can diagram a sentence, question authority, fear God, are immune to peer pressure, etc. Not necessarily in that order, but you know what I mean. I could probably be making a lot of money sitting in some office somewhere, but in the long run, having children who have discernment and wisdom of the Word will pay far more than any salary you can imagine.


  1. Outstanding! My Mom was a college educated woman (when that wasn't common - she was born in 1913) and she always knew that being a good Mom was the most important job a woman could do.

    Happy Mom's Day...

  2. "God's plan for raising mentally healthy persons is for someone to be there with them, pretty much all the time."

    And yet the world would have us think that being with them all the time is "helicoptering", not mothering. Then again, the world would have us think a whole lot of things that aren't so. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

  3. I spent my mother's day scrubbing the floors of my house getting ready to put it up for sale. I enjoyed the irony of it all:)


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