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Summary: Extraordinary woman of faith exert more influence on their children than any other person or organization associated with their children’s upbringing. Believe it or not this includes media, culture, peers and school influence. We need learn to be like Han

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to every mom, grandma, great grandma – We honor all you woman of faith whether, you are spiritual mom, a step mom, or a foster mom!

We celebrate all of you and want to honor how you make a difference in the lives of others.

It has been stated that moms have the greatest influence on their children over anyone else! The truth is Moms matter!

Napoleon who once said, “The fate of a child is always the work of his mother.”

Some other famous leaders who recognized the influence of their faith filled mothers:

• “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.” George Washington

• “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” - “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” Abraham Lincoln

Illustration: Pastor Reflects on His "Mama’s" Love and Prayers

Martha Simmons & Frank A. Thomas, editors, Preaching with Sacred Fire (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), pp. 707-708 | posted 5/02/2011

E. V. (Ed) Hill, who pastored Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, tells the story of how "Mama’s" love and prayers changed his life. During the height of the Depression, Hill’s real mother, who had five children of her own, didn’t have enough food to go around, so she sent four-year-old Ed to live with a friend in a small country town called Sweet Home. Ed just called her Mama. As he was growing up in Sweet Home, Mama displayed remarkable faith which led her to have big plans for young Ed. Against nearly insurmountable obstacles, Mama helped Ed graduate from high school (the only student to graduate that year from the country school) and even insisted that he go to college.

She took Ed to the bus station, handed him the ticket and five dollars and said, "Now, go off to Prairie View College, and Mama is going to be praying for you." Hill claims that he didn’t know much about prayer, but he knew Mama did. When he arrived at the college with a dollar and ninety cents in his pocket, they told him he needed eighty dollars in cash in order to register. Here’s how Hill describes what happened next:

I got in line …, and the devil said to get out of line …, but I heard my Mama saying in my ear, "I’ll be praying for you." I stood in line on Mama’s prayer. Soon there was [another new student ahead of me], and I began to get nervous, but I stayed in line …. Just about the time [the other student] got all of her stuff and turned away, Dr. Drew touched me on the shoulder, and he said, "Are you Ed Hill?" I said, "Yes." "Are you Ed Hill from Sweet Home?" "Yes." "Have you paid yet?" "Not quite."

"We’ve been looking for you all this morning," [he said].

I said, "Well, what do [you] want with me?"

"We have a four-year scholarship that will pay your room and board, your tuition, and give you thirty dollars a month to spend."

And I heard Mama say, "I will be praying for you!"

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The modern day dilemma for many woman of faith today:

Today, mom is expected to not only cook the bacon, she has to help bring it home as well. Even though she may work 40 hours plus, she is still expected to be the main housekeeper. She is often expected to keep the house, cook the meals, wash the clothes, and take care of the children. Their day is often from sunup to sundown. Another change we have seen in recent years is the “super mom”. This is the woman that attempts to have it all, a good education, a great career, and be a great mother as well. Many women are finding that this is not that easy. Regardless of time schedules, and calendar organizers, there is still only 24 hours to work within a day…Someone once said, “It’s the woman that sets the mood for the home.” Today’s version of that is “If momma’s not happy, nobody’s gonna be happy.” Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1165787

The caution: The problem with today’s cycle of busyness is with all that is expected of moms, many women try to cut corners in order to make time for a busy day. The problem with this is often what gets cut or overlooked is the spiritual components of life. Many women, (and men as well) fail to make time for God because they are so busy. If we focus only on the material, and physical and in turn neglect the spiritual, we will soon discover that we are not fulfilled as faith filled people and neither are our children.

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