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Summary: Naomi was a powerful influence on the life of her daughter-in-law Ruth. This sermon examines their relationship. I also encourage positive family relationships.

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Sources for this sermon include 1994 Minister's Manual and the Broadman Bible Commentary. Outline included at the end.

A GOOD WORD FOR THE MOTHER-IN-LAW

Mother’s Day 2010 RUTH 1:6-18

Baby asked God They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow,

but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?

God said Your angel will be waiting for you & will take care of you

Child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven

I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God- "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you.

And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again small child asked, "How am I going to be able to understand

when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God-"Your angel will tell you the most beautiful & sweet words

you will ever hear, and with much patience and care,

your angel will teach you how to speak." "

And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God-"Your angel will place your hands together

& will teach you how to pray." "Who will protect me?"

God-"Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God-"Your angel will always talk to you about me & will teach you

way to come back to me even though I will always be next to you"

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard & child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave

now, please tell me my angel's name."

God said, "You will simply call her, Mom."

Mother taught me RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on carpet she said "You better pray the stain will come out of the carpet."

Mother taught me LOGIC: From her decisive words, "Because I said so, that’s why."

Mother taught me FORESIGHT: "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident."

Mother taught me IRONY: "Keep laughing, and I’ll give you something to cry about."

Mother taught me about STAMINA: "You’ll sit there ’til all that spinach is finished."

Mother taught me about WEATHER: "It looks as if a tornado swept through your room."

Mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: "Stop acting like your father!"

Counselors agree that there are 3 Adjustments in Early Marriage

FINANCES, adjusting to shared accounts, setting up a budget

SEXUAL RELATIONS learning to grow in this

God given expression of marital love

AND IN-LAWS in-law relationships person who bears lion’s

share of blame in this latter area is the mother-in-law

a comedian said the mother rocks the cradle,

mother-in-law rocks the boat

Tragic this relationship intended to be enriching treated with sarcasm

becoming an in-law is a reminder

probably more than anything that baby grown up old adage true

you really do marry into a family not just one person

Book of Ruth focuses on which Biblical character??

RUTH, oh I love such a brilliant bunch of biblical scholars

Ruth great-grandmother of David, remarkable woman,

came by it honestly because of mother-in-law called Naomi

Naomi=PLEASANT OR AGREEABLE she was a mother-in-law


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