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According to George Washington, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” These words echo my thoughts as I reflect on the National Day of Prayer events last week.

I truly appreciate those who pray for our nation, government, and leaders. I can’t imagine trying to do the job of legislating without the wisdom and encouragement I receive as a result of the many prayers going up on my behalf. Many of these prayers are from my mother.

Another applicable quote from George Washington is, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” No matter the decision or battle I am facing day to day, I know I can count on my mother’s prayers to sustain me.

I want to take the opportunity afforded by Mother’s Day to “Give [my mother] the reward of her labor and let her works praise her at the city gates” Proverbs 31:31. To every mother with the courage and conviction to hold your children to the standard set by the Bible, I commend you.

Happy Mother’s Day! And a special thank-you to my mother and my wife.

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