Sunday–Abigail the Mother

Pictured:  Grubby Chubbies at a Tea Party.

Hello Mothers!  Hello Moms.  Hello Mamas.  Hello Future Moms.  Hello Ladies Who Desperately Desire to Be Moms,  Hello Ladies Who Mother Others,  Hello All.

Hope everyone had a Happy Mother’s Day.  Nothing happened here.  The Hunni is away at work.  And Little Man had a rough night.  That’s okay.  I’m thankful that I have four kiddos.  I am thankful for their health and personalities.  May THE LORD preserve them.

Just a little thought for Mother’s Day.

Now the name of his wife [was] Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance. . .”  I Samuel 25:3

Abigail is the only woman in the Bible that is described as both wise and beautiful.  Other women portrayed both characteristics–like Esther, but only Abigail is specifically described as both wise and beautiful.  (Notice the order–brains before beauty.)  Like every other woman, I would love to be described as both–especially by My LORD.

Abigail was a mother.  “And unto David were born sons in Hebron. . .his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.”  II Samuel 3:3  This same son is called by the name of Daniel in I Chronicles 3:1.  But other than this dual reference to Chileab-Daniel’s birth, I don’t believe he is ever mentioned again.

Now you would think that Wise and Beautiful Abigail’s son would play a prominent role in the kingdom.  Surely Wise and Beautiful Abigail’s son was handsome.  And surely Wise and Beautiful Abigail’s son was raised with wisdom.  Then why is he not mentioned?

Think.  Think for a moment.  Think for a long moment about all of David’s other sons that played prominent roles.  Think of Absalom that tried to take over the throne.  Think of Amon.  Think of Adonijah.  Even Solomon.  Think of all the bickering and jealousy and fighting and pride and wickedness.  Think.  Never once is Abigail’s son mentioned.

So often as a mother, I want my kiddos to be the Best, the Most, the Magnificent, the Acclaimed, the Prominent, the Beautiful, the Wise, the Talented, the [insert your wish here].

Wise and Beautiful Abigail’s son was not in the lime light.  Chileab-Daniel is not mentioned.  I believe that this was wisdom–imparted from his mother.

Wisdom in quietness.

Now sometimes our kiddos are extra talented.  THE LORD can give wisdom for that mothering role as well.  Moses and John the Baptist and Timothy, they had prominent roles, and their mothers are all mentioned.

Wisdom in prominence.

A Mother’s Day thought.

Enjoy your day.

Enjoy your kiddos.

Enjoy those that you Mother.

–rebecca

And because it is Mother’s Day I have a Give-Away.  It is a Designer Wall Lettering that you can rub onto your wall or wooden plaque.  It says, “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”  To be entered for this Give-Away, just tell us if you “dinned in” or “ate out” for Mother’s Day.  If you want to add what you ate, I always love to read about food!!

And while we are on the subject of Give-Aways. . .

. . .the two gardening Give-Aways went to MOMWOWMOM and Kathy Tanner.  I mailed those out last week, so hopefully, you have been able to use them in your garden.

Now the winner of the “secret message” is Michelle S.  Congrats!   The words spelled out “YELLOWSTONE”  in photos.

This is what she won.  A little caddy for pint size Mason jars, labels, and two tea towels.  If this photo looks familiar, it is because I had this same Give-Away last fall.   Strawberries may be ripe down a state, but we are still waiting here in Michigan.  Mason jars are strong enough for the hot temperatures of canning (and incidentally candles), but they are also beautiful in a “simpler life” sort of way.  You could use this caddy at your ice cream bar and fill your four jars with nuts, cherries, chocolate chips, and crushed Oreos, OR you could fill one jar with Ranch dip and load the other three with sliced peppers, and carrot and celery sticks, OR you could use it to hold knives, forks, spoons, and paper napkins at your picnic OR 100 other things.  Enjoy.

Don’t forget to comment about your Mother’s Day dinner.

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12 Responses to Sunday–Abigail the Mother

  1. Well for what it’s worth I believe you to be wise and beautiful. You give a lot of wisdom on your blog here as well as knowledge, fun facts and heart. We ate at a friends house and then frozen yogurt with more friends. It was great I’ve only had to do breakfast dishes and I didn’t make that meal either. Happy Mother’s Day.

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  2. dgharman says:

    Dine in – lunch made by my wonderful husband! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

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  3. Anna C. says:

    Thanks for the food for thought of wisdom in quietness. I appreciated that.
    As for the dine-in/dine-out question, we went to our oldest daughter’s house and had a yummy lasagne, french bread and spinach salad dinner, followed by a cake made by our youngest, and raspberry sherbet. This is the payoff for teaching daughters to cook!!! Yum!

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  4. Kathy Tanner says:

    Since you asked…..Ü… My oldest daughter prepared dinner for “us”. That included the three children that live in Washington, the two grandchildren that live in Washington, inlaws, and friends. Saturday evening our friends made the mistake of saying that holidays were depressing. Always trying to make others happy. Quite a surprise from people who entertain often and always graciously. So, I took the challenge and invited them to join us. ( our family often invites a friend or two that has no place to go to celebrate). Well, they came. They had a good time. They got to meet my grandkids and my grandkids got to meet them.
    It was a special day.
    O, I was gifted with two hanging baskets, a beautiful bouquet and an orchid corsage!
    But being together is the best part.
    May 13 Happy Mother’s Day
    Proverbs 31:10, 28, and 30
    Who can find a virtuous woman? Her price is far above rubies. Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband praises her. A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised.

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  5. Michelle S. says:

    Thanks so much for the cool stuff…can’t wait to find it in my mailbox!!

    Enjoyed yesterday very much…my wonderful husband made lunch (roast, rice and all the fixins) and we had his parents over to enjoy the afternoon. So thankful for a healthy family and lots of love to go around.

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  6. Merry Dunn says:

    We “dinned” in – David made BBQ ribs and they were dee-lish. My mom came for a while but felt awful with a cold so went home before pie (store-bought so she didn’t miss much). Don’t put me in the drawing though because I wouldn’t know what to do with a wall lettering thingy! Loved reading about your trip West…Next time look me up- I’d love to see you and the fam.

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  7. Laura says:

    I was fortunate to have the entire weekend off from the kitchen!! Made it to Lake Junaluska, NC conference for the first time so I guess I technically dined out? And it was delish!! Oh, and I got to hug your mom!!! Glad to be home and back into a routine again though. And back to “checking” in with you all!! 🙂

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    • Laura says:

      Oh, and although I can’t remember what was served as the main course, I do remember immensely enjoying a salad piled high with crushed, crispy bacon leftover from our equally delish breakfast!!!

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    • whitsendmom says:

      I wish we could have gone! Some year we will get down there. It is about a 12 hour drive for us, though, so not for the faint-hearted for a weekend. I hope to get to hug my mom again soon! xoxo to you.

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  8. Lisa Buchanan says:

    Enjoyed your thoughts, Rebecca! Thanks for sharing. I’m probably too late for the drawing, but I’ll answer anyway. I dinned in and I made it. 🙂 BUT, I went to a graduation party that night and when I came home the WHOLE HOUSE was picked up neat and orderly, three beds had been made up that had their sheets washed and dinner was under way. I’d take a cleaned up house any day over someone else cooking since I enjoy cooking and don’t so much enjoy cleaning up. 🙂

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  9. Anna C. says:

    Thank you for the wall lettering kit 🙂 It will be fun to decide just what to do with it. I was going to add “when things settle down a little around here”, then I realized that we are just at the beginning of summer busy-ness, so I’m going to not add that qualifier…
    I always enjoy reading your blog even though I don’t always comment! Thanks again, and please keep writing!!

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