Summary: This is an illustrated Mother’s day lesson.


By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.


Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife name Eve;

because she was the MOTHER of all living.

HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER: that thy days may be

long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Exo. 20:12

The foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. Proverbs 10:1

Despise not thy Mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:22

As one whom his Mother comforteth, so will I comfort you. Isa. 66:13

As the Mother is so is the daughter. Eze. 16:44


The greatest calling of God today is not for Presidents or Pastors, the greatest call is for Godly Mothers to arise to the high call, and raise children in the fear of God! There is no greater call than a committed Mother!

Mothers go UN-applauded and unappreciated, but God sees.

Mark 3: 35 For whosoever shall DO THE WILL OF GOD, the same shall be my brother, and my sister, and MOTHER.

We all have the opportunity of investing in others and becoming Mother and father to others.

Few women realize the awesome responsibly of having children.

Children are a gift from God, but what you do with the children is your gift back to God.

How sad? No sadder words of pen or tongue, than the words what might have been?

We need many Mothers in the church! There are many women, but there are few Godly mothers in this world?

I ponder, WHY? Why are there not many Godly mothers?

This lesson will approach the problem of women not seeing the need of a Godly example before their children.

Let us arise to the office and calling for Godly Mothers.


A. 2-- 40 pound bags of potting soil. (Depends on how many Mothers you will have. This will prepare about 60 to 80 bags.)

B. 60 medium Zip Lock baggies. ( Before the service fill the 60 bags with dirt.) I gave the bags out several service after the special day.

You can accent your points by repetition.

C. 5 or 6 bags of seeds. (I do: Forget me nots, sun flower, corn, mustard. See below for the lesson),

D. Bottle of water.

E. 60 red plastic cups. The cup represents you, the vessel of God. Red represents the blood of Jesus.

The total cost for me was about $21.00 for 60 to 80 was around.


I had my bags of dirt hidden under a red table cloth on the altar.

Then call every Mother to the altar, I call every woman, because some have no children but are spiritual moms. I make them pick up their bag of dirt, and it is not given to them, they must apply the effort.

I then gave each one a bag of dirt, and have them return to the pew.

Often we have given a flower to every woman, today we shall give every woman a bag of dirt.

There is a great lesson here.

A. Discuss the potential of that dirt. The bag of dirt could help feed the family? It could be useless?

B. You could throw the dirt at others, but if you throw your dirt, you are the one loosing ground.

C. The only difference between a mole hill and a mountain is how much dirt you have.

D. Don’t let you dirt become dirt. Col. 3:18, Husbands love your wife and be not bitter against them.

E. Bad dirt? 1 Kings 22:52, parents willfully choose evil.

Each child is sort like this bag of dirt, there is a potential, but someone will have to invest time, effort, and patience to ever see the potential develop.


I mix all the packets of seeds in one bowl.

Call the children to the altar, let them pick several seeds out of the bowl of seeds that are mixed together.

By randomly picking out the seeds, you don’t know what you are getting and this is true in life,

we don’t know many things, we do the best with what we have.

A. You can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the apples in a seed.

B. Sickly oaks from sickly acorns grow.

C. It is not the size of the seed, but the growth of the seed that matters.

D. I often ask God for 2 by 4’s, and gives me a seed and says grow it yourself. This is a wisdom process.

E. Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for what so ever a man soweth, that shall he also reap...

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Susan Baad

commented on May 9, 2017

This is a great sermon with a very wonderful illustration. I'm sure mothers could relate and understand their role better. God bless you with more heavenly wisdom to share more sermons of this kind.

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