By the time God created woman, He was into His sixth day of working overtime. An angel appeared and said, "Why are you spending so much time on this one?"
The Lord answered, "Have you seen my specs on her? She has to be completely washable, have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable, have a lap that can hold four children at one time, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart -- and she will do everything with only two hands."
The angel was astounded at the requirements. "Only two hands!? No way! That's too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish."
"But I won't," the Lord protested. "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick and she can work 18-hour days."
The angel moved closer and touched the woman. "But you have made her so soft, Lord." "She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."
"Will she be able to think?" asked the angel. The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to think and negotiate." The angel then noticed something, and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model."
"That's not a leak," the Lord corrected, "That's a tear!"
"What's a tear for?" The angel asked. The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love, her loneliness, her grief and her pride."
The angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything! Woman is truly amazing."
And she is!
Women have strength that amazes men. They bear hardships and carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up to injustice. They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without, so their family can have. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding. Their hearts break when a friend dies. They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. Women come in all sizes and shapes and colors. They are quick to tell and show how much they love and care about you. The heart of a woman is what keeps the world turning.
They bring joy, hope and love. They have compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends. Only a woman can be a mother, and we all owe our mothers huge amounts of love, kisses and hugs for bringing life to us and loving us into the persons we are today.
Mothers think their children are the greatest, even though we have imperfections. They don't see them and continually encourage us to do our best and to be somebody. A mother's love overlooks a thousand transgressions and brags on the insignificant things we do.
She is due honor and love and support. The Bible tells of a woman of noble character in Proverbs 31: 10-31(Please read all verses). "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth more than rubies -- Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her-- charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears [loves] the Lord is to be praised."
Happy Mother's day to all of our sweet mothers. May God bless you all, richly!