ABC’s of Motherhood [A-G]

📅 May 4, 2020

This is the first of a four-part series on the roles of mothers and accompanying verses to help. Fathers, grandparents, mentors of every description are welcome to make use of this list.

A—Authority. Be ready for questions of every description. One day when we stopped at a red light, my youngest son asked, “Who decided red means stop?”

I Peter 3: 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

B—Baker.  Few pleasures are better than baking for or with your children. Involve them at the earliest age possible, even if it’s only to pour a cup of flour in a bowl.

I Kings 17: 12. And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse; and behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son…

C—Counsellor. You will be called on to solve and mediate problems of every description and they become more complex as your child grows older. Equip yourself to give good advice.

Proverbs 15: 22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

D—Designer. Every day play. Cowboys. Pilgrims. Indians. Superheroes. Bride dresses. Sometimes the task will be as simple as using a clothespin to secure a towel to serve as a cape or cut two holes in an old sheet to serve as an affordable trick-or-treat costume.

Proverbs 31: 21. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

E—Establisher. Home. Habits. Morals. Rituals. Routines. Memories.

II Timothy 1: 5. When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice, and I am persuaded that in thee also.

F—Fixer. Broken toys. Torn up papers. Worn out batteries. Skinned up knees and elbows. As well as hurt feelings and broken hearts.

Nehemiah 2: 18. Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me: as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. 

G—Giver. This never stops. Food. Clothes. Comfort. Advice. Help with homework. Help with games. Necessities. Treats. Parties. Love. Love. Love.

Luke 6:38. Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured unto you.


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Holly Bebernitz

Native Texan Holly Bebernitz moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1967. After thirty years of teaching speech, English, and history on the secondary and college levels, she retired from classroom teaching to become a full-time grandmother. The change in schedule allowed the time needed to complete the novel she had begun writing in 1998. When Trevorode the Defender was published in March 2013, the author realized the story of the Magnolia Arms was not yet complete.


Semi-Finalist - 2021 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition - Florida Writer's Association