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The beauty of my mother « Noel Piper

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The beauty of my mother

It’s true that “All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field” (Isaiah 40:6). But still, God does create beauty for us to enjoy short-term. Sometimes short-term is quite a few years.

This week, I’ve been organizing some old photos of my mother from  the years before I knew her.



































Of course, there’s a beauty that’s much deeper than what a photo can show. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).

Thank you, Lord, for a mother who fears the Lord.


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12 Responses to “The beauty of my mother”

  1. O precious legacy!


  2. Sharon Granston

    Dear Noel,

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. I see you in the first one!! How wonderful to still have your mother with you. Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Great photos of a beautiful woman indeed! Happy Mother’s Day Noelle!

  4. Bonnie Williams

    Dear Noel,

    It was wonderful to see the pictures of your mother this morning. It brought back a couple of memories I have of her . . . watching many little children at Lake Nokomis while a group of “would-be” runners did our lap around the lake. Denny and I were the recipients of her hospitality in Barnesville while visiting Mike and Pam, and I still can picture her sitting and reading her Bible when we arose each morning.

    She is a special lady, and raised a special daughter that we have had the privilege of knowing for 31 years.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Noel!

  5. Lovely post – Lovely Mother! Glad that I got to meet her.
    I am an old friend of one of your sisters, Christa, and I know the sister older than and younger than her. I am struck by the resemblance of your Mother in the sister who shares your Mother’s name!

  6. She looks like a wonderful woman. God bless you both, Happy Mother’s Day.

  7. Karin Livingston

    I thank God for your Mother too….thanks for sharing the photos. You are a good daughter and Mother too dear friend.

  8. What a lovely woman….mine is 93 1/2 and I am going to church with her today!

  9. I hope that we would spare a thought for those who do not have mothers like you: the divorced mothers, the mothers who left their children, the mothers who killed their children, who took their own lives

    • Antony,

      You are so, so right. I’m about 5 minutes away from posting what I’ve been working on for the last hour–remembering that Mothers Day isn’t a day of celebration for many people.

      thank you for remembering.

      • I had read your post on “When Mother’s Day Isn’t A Celebration”
        “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” Rev 21:4

  10. What a beautiful tribute!

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