On motherhood as a good work

Sometimes the Bible provides brilliant gems of applicable teaching in places where you least expect it.  One of those, for me, was 1 Timothy 5:9-10:

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.

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