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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Make-Believe Moms

By Scott Harrup
May 12, 2013

Growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, my memories of TV moms include the following:

Lucy Ricardo on I Love Lucy: Good-hearted, but also a bit mischievous, she is the most down-to-earth member of my fictional hall of fame.

June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver: Mrs. Cleaver still stands out in my mind as the best-dressed occupant of a TV kitchen.

Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show: Probably the prettiest mom on television.

Caroline Ingalls of Little House on the Prairie: She kept a log cabin on a dusty tract cleaner than I can keep my air-conditioned office at home.

Olivia Walton on The Waltons: How she maintained her calm in a home bursting with kids, as well as a resident mother-in-law, mystified me.

Cultural trends and television standards morphed over the years, and other “moms” acted out far-less-admirable characteristics. I won’t bother to name them.

I was blessed to grow up under the care of a mother who proved the best qualities of TV moms are not limited to fiction, and the worst portrayals of motherhood need not be reflected in real life. (Thanks, Mom!)

This week, Jodi Detrick shares life lessons from three biblical moms whose experiences and insights remain relevant for every 21st-century parent. Jordan Schrandt went from 0 to 60 in a flash on the road to motherhood, and offers faith-centered counsel to anyone dealing with family transitions.

Alice Reynolds Flower, who co-founded this magazine with husband J. Roswell Flower, was a faithful author in these pages until her death at 100 in 1991. Some of her archived observations follow.

Christine Caine’s interview reflects the thoughts of a committed mom who also pursues an international ministry. Christina Quick writes with a mother’s wisdom in her latest news feature for the Pentecostal Evangel.

“Honor your ... mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 5:16, NIV).

Today is a wonderful opportunity to obey that command.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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