Saturday, May 10, 2008

Proverbs 31 and the Value of Mothers $116,805

We're planning to take part of each of our three morning worship services tomorrow to thank God for our Mother's. This is what I am planning to share before we offer a prayer of thanks and blessing for moms.

The book of Proverbs has great wisdom for every one of us. It is the Word of God and the wisdom from God for our lives. When these Proverbs were first written, they were intended as guides for young men who need wisdom and knowledge and training especially when it comes to women.

Proverbs 31 is written to young men trying to help them understand the qualities in a woman that are the most valuable and The Message Paraphrase of Proverbs 31:10 says, "A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds." (The Message) But how do we measure the value of a mother?

Are you wondering what mom should be paid for her work as mom? Salary.com has valuated the "mom job" of both the Working and Stay-at-Home Moms! Based on a survey of more than 18,000 mothers, Salary.com determined that the time mothers spend performing 10 typical job functions would equate to an annual salary of $116,805 for a stay-at-home mom. Working moms ‘at-home’ salary is $68,405 in 2008; this is in addition to the salary they earn in the workplace. (see article at Salary.com)

The job titles that best matched a mom's definition of her work are (in order of hours spent per week): housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, laundry machine operator, computer operator, psychologist, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive officer and janitor.

But Proverbs is saying that a godly woman is even more valuable than that.

There is great pressure that goes along with the fact that moms in 2008 feel that they need to be everything that is listed in Proverbs 31. So I would like to thank God for the mother’s of our church family and I would like to ask God for his rich blessings on each mom here. Would mom’s stand and allow others around you to lay hands on her and I will offer a prayer on behalf of our church family…

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