Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 14, 2017

"She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: "Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."…" Proverbs 31:27-29

It was late Sunday afternoon on January 15, 1950 and a very pregnant Reita Mae Snyder was sitting on a stool in her kitchen in Bourbon, Indiana frying some steaks for dinner.

Trust me, the woman can cook! But the steaks on the stove were about to be interrupted by the "bun in the oven" as labor pains began in a serious way.

Don Snyder devoured both steaks while Reita packed her stuff for the 16.2 mile trip down U.S. 30 to the Murphy Medical Center in Warsaw, Indiana. Around 10:30 that night they welcomed a 9' 15" 22 1/2 " baby boy into the world. They named him Bradley Donn Snyder.

Over the next ten years she gave birth to four daughters and another son and, she took on a step-son. We all call her, "Mom". We still do!

Despite working two jobs in addition to cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, grocery shopping and canning fruits and vegetables she made sure we got to church Sunday morning and Sunday night and midweek prayer meeting. She "brought us up in the way we should go" as the Bible instructs.

Functioning essentially as a single parent, she prayed for us, punished us, and pushed us in the direction of the Christian faith and Christian friends. She wasn't above chasing away friends of ours that she didn't like. If she thought they were a bad influence and we didn't listen you her urging  to stop hanging out with certain friends, she would take it upon herself to suggest they get lost.

Mom wasn't perfect but her love was and her intentions were. You could call some of her methods into question but you had to give her a high grade for tenacity. For Pete's sake, she spanked me when I was 16 years old!

There are seven productive contributing adults making the world a better place because "Mom" built the right stuff into us and beat the bad stuff out of us!

On this Mother's Day, Mom, your children rise up and call you blessed!

Happy Mother's Day!


May 13, 2017

"10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. 
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. 
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 
29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." 
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 

31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." Proverbs 31:10-31

Sunday we will be celebrating and honoring our Magnificent Moms!

Honestly, I chose that theme for the alliteration of it - it sounds good! And I chose it because it captures the thoughts expressed in Proverbs 31 describing a godly woman!

I also chose it because it is true of every lady who graces the doors of FredWes on Sundays!

It's certainly true of the lady who resides in my house!

However, I didn't know how right I was until I actually looked up the definition of magnificent!

Check it out and see how perfectly this fits the FredWed females!


making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size,etc.

Forget the size part........
extraordinarily fine; superb:

Right on!
noble; sublime:

Everyone of you!
(formerly used as a title of some rulers)great; grand:

Rulers.........yep, that fits!
lavishly munificent; extravagant:

Lavish and extravagant, indeed!

See what I mean! We have Magnificent Moms!