by: Mel Martin

Great moms express appreciation (Colossians 3:15, Philippians 4:6).

Great moms realize that little thing do make a difference, even if they are taken for granted. It is encouraging for a child to see constant reminders in little things that say “I love you.”

Great moms have an innate willingness to forgive (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12, 13). There is the realization that no child is perfect, but all have weaknesses and need forgiveness.

Great moms give emotional support. They weep when a child weeps and rejoice over even the most trivial of victories. The child knows that someone cares, believes in him, is there for him, and wants what is best for him.

Great moms have a sense of humor. They do not laugh at their child, but with their child. They are not afraid to laugh at themselves.

Great moms handle disagreements and conflicts in love. They are fair even when their child does not know what fair is.

Great moms change, tolerate change, and accept the unchangeable.

Great moms keep secrets. Moms like to talk about their children, but they know that some things are only for them to know. They never betray a trust.

Great moms pray for their children. They pray not so much for worldly success, but that their children’s souls may be saved in the day of judgment.

Great moms become friends. It is true that great moms are moms for life; but really, they are much more than moms.

Great moms share their faith and values. (Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:7). The bonds of mutual faith and values will last through the years.

Great moms die with dignity with their children calling them blessed. There is nothing so precious as a mother who has faithfully fulfilled her duty and died in the Lord.

Mel Martin preaches for the Lincoln & Tunnell Church of Christ in Santa Maria, CA.