Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers

Mothers deserve so much respect and love. Sadly today, many mothers are denied this from husbands and even their children. This saddens me so much. We must learn to respect our mothers ALWAYS even if we don't agree with them because we will never understand how much they have done for us even when we don't even realize it. Even if we don't appreciate their attention or don't want their input, Christ teaches us to listen and obey what our mothers say.
A mother has such an impact on a child's life! A mother gives life to a child and then is their primary caretaker, teaching them how to love, how to be gentle, how to care, teaching a child to laugh and smile.
So many mothers these days are being forced to work long days just to go home and take care of their ungrateful children. Moms are stronger and braver than you realize. Their love is so abundant and often so unconditional.
Nobody knows me like my mother and nobody loves me like my mother. My mom is my best friend- and I thank God for giving me a woman of such faith and courage. Every day, actually normally about 3 times a day, I call my mom. I tell her everything that goes on in my life and she gets such joy from simply hearing my voice. I LOVE her so much!
Maybe your relationship with your mom isn't that great. Maybe you don't think your mom deserves your respect and love. I challenge you to forgive your mom for the mistakes she has made in your past and thank her for being your Mother. I challenge you to invest time in your mom even when it's not popular or fun. Love and respect her because Jesus calls us too.

 A mother has a baby and provides everything that child needs but then as a relationship with the child grows a mother must learn to let go of the child and trust God.

Mary mother of Jesus: What faith, what trust, what fear she must have had. Just a young girl she was, most likely between the age of 11 and 14. That would be around grades 5th through 8th these days- imagine that! She had never had sex; she was still a virgin trying to follow the will of Jesus. When an angel told her she would have a child, imagine what feelings she must have felt. Like how God? I've never had sex. I'm not married. What are others going to think? How can I explain this to Joseph, won't he think I cheated on him? Won't I get in trouble for having sex with Joseph when we weren't married even though I didn't? Her story is crazy- just the childbirth of Jesus- is phenomenal. Yet then the angel spoke to Joseph in a dream and convinced him that the baby was of the spirit. And then Mary and Joseph a very young newlywed had baby Jesus in a manger with donkeys and sheep probably they gave birth to the Son of God. What a privilege- what great joy- but with such unusual, uncomfortable conditions. Mary did her best to raise Jesus well but soon Mary had to learn to surrender Jesus to God fully. Later Mary had to watch her son die on a cross. Would Mary identify to the grief mothers who lost their children feel? Definitely, but Mary was a strong mother. What a blessing and a burden- for her son to be Immanuel.

  Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise - that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life. ~Ephesians 6:1-3 

Who can find a virtuous woman? She is far more precious than jewels...
Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.
Her sons rise up and call her blessed.
He husband also praises her:
Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
~Proverbs 31:10, 25-30


Proverbs 31:26-37
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

Proverbs 16:20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching

Proverbs 23:22-25 Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.

Proverbs 15:20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Jeremiah 31:16-17 Restrain your voice from weeping
    and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded,
declares the Lord.
    “They will return from the land of the enemy.
17 So there is hope for your descendants,”
declares the Lord.
    “Your children will return to their own land.



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