An Uncommon Standard

Motherhood is a high calling and a high privilege. God did not give me the honor of being a mother but I am the daughter of a great mother. What makes Ormie Martin great? God’s Word is the authority of her life. She and my father raised all eight children (7 boys and 1 girl) to take God seriously, not the shifting standard of the culture. What matters is pleasing God, she often reminded me. It may not make you popular but it will position you to experience His favor.

My mother not only talks what is biblically correct, but also lives it. I’ve watched her all my life, checking for inconsistencies. I haven’t found them. She tells others to pray and I’ve seen her praying about any and everything. Just last week when we got word that my brother Jerry had an accident and experienced head trauma, my mother immediately went into the prayer mode. She got down on her knees and cried out to God for His healing touch. My brother is now home from the hospital, expected to recover completely.

She purposed in her heart as a young mother to raise her children by God’s standards and not have a watered down version for her boys. She said, “If you can raise good girls, you can raise good boys.” She administered tough love. All seven  are now hard working men. Four are pastors. Mother said often, “I’m training you to be in God’s army.”

What makes Ormie Martin a great mother? On her tongue is godly wisdom. I’ve always been amazed at my mother’s incredible insight and discernment. She doesn’t have a college degree but she’s one of the smartest persons I know. God has endowed her with His wisdom because she asks for it daily.  She has given me great advice on my career, handling money, and every crisis in my life.

The legacy of a godly mother is outlined in Proverbs 31:  “Her children arise and call her blessed…many women do noble things, but you excel them all…a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Ormie Martin…you excel them all.

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2 Responses to “An Uncommon Standard”

  1. Molly Says:

    AMEN! & thank you, again, Ormie and Cheryl!

  2. Cameo Faulkner Says:

    What a beautiful tribute! From the very first time I met Miss Ormie, it was clear to me that she was a strong, wise, God-fearing woman. She is an amazing example of what it looks like to live a life of prayer and faith in God. Cheryl, the Lord may not have given you children in the natural, but He has most assuredly graced you to be a “mother in Zion”. You set a wonderful example of living a life that is surrendered to God. Thank you so much for sharing this tribute. May the Lord favor you and your precious mother with all of His richest blessings!

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