Close to Your Heart: A Mother’s Influence

 

"Close to Your Heart" Mother's Day Card

“Close to Your Heart” Mother’s Day Card

“My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.  Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.  When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.” – Proverbs 6:20-22

A mother’s influence on her children is matchless.  Our inspiration passage talks about how her teachings should be cherished – held close to one’s heart as well as lived out – as if adorned around one’s neck.  John MacArthur comments in his study Bible on how binding something to our heart and tying it around our neck means letting it “become a part of us – outwardly in our behavior for all to see as an adornment of spiritual beauty, and inwardly as the subject of our meditation” (notes on Proverbs 3:3; 6:20-21, 22).  Maffrine and I just love this imagery and its meaning!

This is how we came up with the design for our Mother’s Day card.  The charming necklace, set on top of a chalkboard backdrop, serves as an elegant yet fun way to tell our mothers that they and their teaching are valuable to us, similar to how jewelry can be valuable.

Maffrine "wearing" the necklace

Maffrine “wearing” the necklace

The card is designed such that you and/or your mom can “wear” the necklace!  For this Mother’s Day, hold the necklace close to your heart and adorn it on your neck!  Take a picture and post it on our FB page with a comment on something that you have learned from your mom!  This card is meant to express not only the beauty of a mother’s influence but also its significance to her son or daughter, so why not express it not only to your mother but to the world?!  You don’t have to do this with just your mother.  This card can be for your grandmother, your mother-in-law, and even your spiritual mothers – women who have served as mentors in your life.

To voice our love for our mothers this Mother’s Day, we would like to share with you one teaching that our mothers passed on to us (and a few wedding photos)!

Maffrine: My mother passed onto me how to be a good steward of my resources.  She is the thriftiest person I know, and I learn from her example.

Maffrine and her mom on her wedding day

Maffrine and her mom on her wedding day

Ophelia: One of the things I admire most about my mom is her generosity.  She is always giving of her time, money, and energy.  Watching her continually give of herself always convicts me and inspires me to be more selfless like her.

My mom and I on my wedding day

My mom and I on my wedding day

So what have you learned from your mother?  =D