Mother: A Well of a Heart


by Yay Padua-Olmedo

When God created man, He must have spent more time on the woman’s heart, stretching it, making it as deep as a well for the heart-arresting issues she would need to contend with later. 

The yawning gap between a man and a  woman becomes really apparent when she becomes a mother.

A mother has a capacity to endure sleepless nights, to nurse, cuddle and burp her newborn baby even through colicky or feverish episodes. Add to that her matter-of-fact attitude when it comes to changing stinky diapers—while the fathers gag at even the prospect of it.

She has the patience to discipline and coach, to continue teaching and guiding, even if her child is as stubborn  as a mule or unresponsive as a brick.

And how she prays! Storming heaven’s gates like her child were the only person in the whole wide world worthy of God’s attention. Her persistence and faith, met with God’s grace, are a potent combination.

Add to these the need to attend to day-to-day chores like cooking, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, gardening. Frankly, many moms fail to perform many of these nowadays, especially when most of them have careers outside the home. But mothers nonetheless definitely find ways to get things done, keeping their households orderly with a little help from kasambahays (domestic help).

And in rural and economically-depressed areas, one could see mothers carrying pails of water fetched from wells or rivers where they do their laundry. They plant rice or weed their husbands’ or neighbors’ farms. They cook viands and kakanins and sell them house to house.

Proverbs 31 says that a woman of noble character is worth far more than rubies and that a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Because women have their greater share of emotion than men, they hurt more when their kids take forbidden ways—like when a daughter gets pregnant in her teens or out of wedlock, or when a son gets  trapped in drugs, violence, pornography or gambling. Or when these kids fail in school!

But imagine too a mother’s boundless joy when she sees her children following Jesus and reaping blessings as they do.

Give her the reward she has earned; and let her works bring her praise at the city gates,” says Proverbs 31:31.

Oh Jesus, İ pray that your hand would be upon mothers. Whatever they’re going through, reach out to them. Comfort, strengthen and surround them with your love, joy and peace. Bring back their children who have taken dangerous paths. Call them in to their mothers and fathers. Remind them of your grace to accept and love them unconditionally.

Likewise, Lord, bring home those women, who through no fault of their own, or because of wrong choices, have been away from their husbands and children. Restore families. Repair and mend broken relationships. Give parents and children brand new hearts to start anew in Jesus Christ. Amen!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Yay Padua-Olmedo has authored four inspirational books (Sorry to Burst Your Bubble: Life Leadership Lessons from the Greatest Dreamer; Going Up? Making Right Choices at Work; Grandparenting: Happiness and Hard Work; and Now that You’re Boss: Timely and Timeless Lessons for New (& Seasoned) Leaders. Sought out for business and motivational seminars, she likewise teaches business and management subjects at Southville Foreign University . Prior to her retirement from corporate life, Olmedo was vice president of one of the country’s biggest conglomerates.



  • Tam Salio-an

    I was teary eyed as I read the article. Very Inspiring. Im asking permission to copy the Prayer and post it in my FB. Who knows there are Mothers out there like me who needed the prayer. Thank u

    • Thank you very much Tam, we appreciate your feedback. Yes, feel free to share it. If you need prayers please call our prayer center hotline number at 737-0700. God bless you.

  • Mommy Marie

    God gave me the privilege of being a mother. It is the most humbling responsibility that I received from the Lord. Motherhood did not come easy to me as my first born son went with the Lord after less than a month on earth. I was heartbroken. 3 years after, we were gifted with a wonderful, lovely girl who is now nearly 10 years old. As a mother, I make a lot of mistakes and continuously pray that despite all these shortcomings, my daughter will still turn out fine. I pray that she be rewarded with very good health, safety, happiness, patience, kindness and patience. Thank you for this article. There is really a lot of space in my heart to love and love and love my unica hija.

    • Good evening, Marie! Thank you for following our articles and for sharing to us your story. This inspires us and we are blessed to invite you to watch our Live telecast “Puso sa Puso” from Nov. 23- 27, 2015 @ 11pm-12 midnight. This will be shown at GMA News TV Channel 11. If you have any prayer request, feel free to call our hotline numbers 737- 0700 ; toll-free Number: 1 -800- 1- 8888- 700 (within Philippines) or chat with us @ just click “Kumusta ka?” God bless you!

  • my tears fell as I read this part ” And in rural and economically-depressed areas, one could see mothers carrying pails of water fetched from wells or rivers where they do their laundry. They plant rice or weed their husbands’ or neighbors’ farms. They cook viands and kakanins and sell them house to house. ” . This is what exactly what our mother did when we were still young. I remember how my mother worked hard for us together with our father. How she prayed for us every morning for our safety and protection. She is such a great mother for us and I will be forever thankful to God for giving us this wonderful mother of ours.

    • Remy thank you for sharing with us your testimony and for reading this article. May the Lord bless you.

    • I used a cassette adapter for listening to auiobdooks and podcasts in the eighteen wheeler, until the cassette player in the radio broke. I replaced the radio with one that has an aux input jack. I think I still have some cassette tapes that I recorded off the radio in the seventies, King Biscuit Flour Hour and such.

  • erlinda s tuazon

    mahirap maging ina multi tasking, lahat ginagawa ko para sa mga anak ko pinag pray ko sila lagi, pina uubaya ko ang aking mga anak sa Panginoon lalo na kung sila ay may problema, Diyos ang kaagapay nila parati.

    • Erlinda kasama mo kami sa panalangin para sa iyong buong pamilya. Maari ka lamang tumawag sa Prayer Center 810-7717 / 810-7176 anumang oras para sa panalangin. God Bless you.

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