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Summary: A sermon honoring motherhood and women. Audio will be placed at www.sermonlist.com/2007.html

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A mother walked into her young son’s bedroom just in time to hear him begin his nighttime prayers. He said, “Andy, please forgive me for what I did wrong today, and Andy, please keep my mommy and daddy safe.”

After he had finished, she asked him who Andy was. He told her that was God’s name. She asked him how he knew that, and he said that in church they sang to Andy. They would sing, “Andy walks with me – Andy talks to me …..”

Today is Mother’s Day. It is the day we men honor our mothers and the mothers of our children. My mother is gone now, and all I have left are memories of her. Out of all those memories, the one that sticks out the most is that she was a devout Christian lady who raised four sons and daughter to be Christian, too. For that, I will forever be grateful TO her and FOR her.

My mom was a very special lady who taught me many things. When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she taught me to pray by saying things like:

"You better pray that dirt comes out of the carpet.” She caught her fingers in a drawer one time and I laughed. She took the opportunity to teach me emotions by saying, "You keep laughing and I’ll give you something to cry about!”

She taught me how to never give up. She would say, “You’ll sit there until your food is all gone or until you are covered with cobwebs!” And finally, she taught me about the sanctity of life. She would say, “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out, too!”

In all seriousness, my mom was a great mom and it is mostly because of her that I am who I am today. And I thank God that she loved us kids enough to teach us the many things she did.

Today is the one day of the year that men will generally go out and buy a gift without being prompted to. But if you are one of those men who has not yet purchased a gift for your mother or your wife, let me give you a couple of pointers on what NOT to buy.

Do not buy her anything that plugs in. If something needs to be plugged in, she will only see it as a tool. Do not get her any exercise equipment, as this will lead to six months of her asking why you think she needs to exercise in the first place. And I guarantee you that is something you do not want to live with.

My suggestion is for you to buy her something that is only for her, and that will show her you are thinking only about her happiness. If you follow that rule, then whatever you get her will be appreciated and loved.

As far as a woman goes, becoming a mother changes things, doesn’t it? And, becoming a mother more than once changes things even more. When a woman becomes pregnant for the first time, she will start wearing maternity clothes the day the doctor says she is pregnant.

On her second pregnancy, she will wear her normal clothes for as long as she can, and by her third or fourth pregnancy, she will wear anything because she doesn’t have any more money to go out and buy any new clothes.

We all know that mothers are many things to their children, don’t we? Mothers are our first teachers in life and our most compassionate nurses.

We have all heard the expression that it takes a village to raise a child. Today, more than ever before, babysitters and nurseries are raising our children. The tragedy in that is more and more children are being taught outside the home, and what they are taught is most-often worldly rather than Godly.

Here are some of the things our small children are learning today.

They learn the world’s morality – ‘If it feels right, it is right.’

They learn Humanism - ‘God doesn’t exist and we are capable of taking care of ourselves’

They learn that man descended from apes – ‘My question is this; if man descended from apes, why are there still apes?

We live in the society Jeremiah spoke of – a society that “does not know how to blush.” Let’s face it. It might be more convenient for a village, or a nursery, or a sitter to raise our children, but it is much better for the child if the mother raises them – at least in the early years.

And let me throw in something about fathers: If a man is old enough to father a child, he is old enough to assume the responsibilities of raising that child. It is a shame that so many men are so focused on their own ‘good times’ that they are wiling to throw their babies away like yesterday’s trash.

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