From One Woman to Other Women
(Words to Mothers from Ellen White)
Honor thy father and mother; which is the first
commandment with promise; that it may be well
with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Ephesians 6: 2,3, KJV
Mothers, God requires you to give your
children constant, loving care. He does not want
you to be a slave to your children, but He does want you to teach
them the lesson of obedience.
As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. Isaiah 66: 13,
By gentleness and patience, seek to win your children from
wrong. Show them kindly that in doing this you are seeking their
highest good. Love and cherish your children; but show them
where they make mistakes. In this way you will retain their love
She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Proverbs 31: 26, KJV.
Whenever the mother can speak a word of commendation for
the good conduct of her children, she should do so. She should
encourage them by words of approval and looks of love. These
will be as sunshine to the heart of a child and will lead to the
cultivation of self-respect and pride of character.
Let love be without dissimulation,
Be kindly affectioned one to another;
in honor preferring one another. Romans 12: 9, 10, KJV.
Christian courtesy should reign in every household. The wife and
mother may bind the hearts of her husband and children to her
own by the strong cords of love, if in her intercourse with them
she will manifest unvarying love in gentle words and courteous
deportment. The love which in faithful care and right training the
parents manifest for the child mirrors the love of Jesus for His
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul, and health, to the bones. Proverbs 16:24, KJV
The mother should cultivate a cheerful, contented, happy disposition.
Every effort in this direction will be abundantly repaid
in both the physical well-being and the moral character of her
children. A cheerful spirit will promote the happiness of her
family and in a very great degree improve her own health.
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Every mother has a sacred charge from God. The light and glory
from His throne rests upon the faithful mother as she tries to
educate her children. The mother who appreciates this will regard
her opportunities as priceless. Earnestly will she seek to present
the highest ideal. Diligently she will study His Word. She will keep
her eyes fixed upon Christ, that her own daily experience may be
a true reflection of the one true Life.
Summary of excerpts taken from Reflecting Christ (Washington,
D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1985), pp. 184, 186, 189-191.
Full article at https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/thewonder-
Happy Mothers’ Day!