M – Militant

When the enemy attacks, do not fear. Do not cower down. Rise up in faith, engage your spiritual weapons and fight for the souls of your children. Remember you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus and greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

Ephesians  6:11 – “Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Ephesians 6:12 – “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

2 Timothy 2:3 – “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

1Timothy 6:12 – “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”


O – Overflowing with Love

Love your children always and remember that love also entails engaging discipline, setting boundaries and withholding some things for their own good.

I Corinthians 13:1-7 – “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity,but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”

Galatians 5:6 – “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.”

Hebrews 12:5-6 – “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”


T – Trust God

No matter how bad a situation seems, remember you serve an awesome mighty, powerful, loving, wise, just, and holy God who sees and knows all about everything you encounter and who is well able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond anything you can ask, think or even imagine. Trust Him.

Psalms 18:30 – “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that in him.”

Proverbs 3:5-7 – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him ,and he shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”


H – Hear and obey the Holy Spirit

Remember that the Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher and counselor when it comes to parenting your children. Hear and obey His wisdom and instruction as revealed in the Word and spoken to your heart.

John 10:27 – “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.”

Romans 8:14 – “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God.” 


E – Endurance

When things get rough, don’t give up. Hang on in there knowing that His grace is sufficient and this too shall pass.

Hebrews 6:15 – “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

Hebrews 12:2 – “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”


R – Rest

Make sure your mind, body, soul and spirit get adequate rest. Here’s a little secret…..the world won’t fall apart if you take some time to nurture yourself….(smile). Remember you are not superwoman and you do have limits. Honor that and don’t let the enemy deceive you into believing otherwise and thereby gain a foothold in your life to break you down.

Matthew 11:28, 29 – “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Mark 6:31– “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”






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  1. Beautiful tribute, Kim! You are definitely blessed to have a mother like her! I pray you also become such a great mother some day. 🙂

  2. That’s beautiful. That last point, rest, is so important to remember. In the service today we had a sort of Bible study about Proverbs 31 and what makes a godly woman. Several of us mentioned that the woman described seems like a sort of superwoman. A person could get burned out trying to go and go without getting the right amount of physical and spiritual rest.

  3. Thanks David, and yes, rest is important to remember because many moms are selfless, always ensuring everything is done and everyone around them has their needs met and in doing this, they often end up neglecting their own needs to their detriment and that of those they care for…….hey, been there done that……by God’s grace, won’t go back there again……:) We all need adequate rest.

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