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Summary: Dad is the head of the house, but Mom rules in the home. The bumper sticker "If Mommas not happy no bodies happy is correct; so mother’s influence is great on her husband, children, and herself.

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Is It Well, Mother?

2 Kings 4:26-37

26 Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ’Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ " And she answered, "It is well."

Introduction

Have you seen the bumper sticker with the saying

"If Mommas not Happy No Bodies Happy? Our daughters and I used to laugh at that slogan. But it is very true in our home; and I dare to say it is true in your home. I believe the man is the head of the house, but Momma is the head of the home.

In verse 26 of the text the text the Prophet Elijah ask a lady; ". . . Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ " And she answered, "It is well.""

What does "Is it well" mean? The "word well" is SHALOM In the Hebrew language. So Elijah wanted to know; was all together, and at peace with her and her family members.?

To those of you who are mothers today I want to ask the questions to you that the Prophet asked years ago.

1. Mother Is It Well with . . You.

Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ " And she answered, "It is well."

A. Is It Well With You . . Physically.

Job 1:12 And the Lord replied to Satan, "You may do anything you like with his wealth, but don’t harm him physically." TLB

B. Is It Well With You . . Mentally.

1 Cor 2:16 But, strange as it seems, we Christians actually do have within us a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ. TLB

C. Is It Well With You . . Spiritually.

1 Tim 4:8 Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do. So exercise yourself spiritually, and practice being a better Christian because that will help you not only now in this life, but in the next life too. TLB

The Spiritual Life of . . Bible Study.

The Spiritual Life of . . Prayer.

The Spiritual Life of . . Witnessing.

Illustration

There lived at one time in England a remarkable women. She had nineteen children. Their infant life was regulated by method. Their sleep was meted out by rule. Each child on its fifth birthday began to have regular lessons. The mother was herself the teacher of all the children, younger and older. She had marvelous ability, wonderful patience, and her success in the training and education of her children has won for her an unquestionable place among great mothers-- Susan Wesley, mother of John and Charles Wesley, we might add, Mother of Methodism.

2. Mother Is It Well with . . Your Husband.

"Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ " And she answered, "It is well.""

A. Is It Well With Him . . Physically.

Job 1:12 And the Lord replied to Satan, "You may do anything you like with his wealth, but don’t harm him physically." TLB

Illustration Punctuation

An English professor wrote the words "Woman without her man is a savage" on the blackboard and directed his students to punctuate it correctly.

The men wrote: "Woman, without her man, is a savage."The women wrote: "Woman! Without her, man is a savage." Bits & Pieces, March 2, 1995, p. 2

Illustration You Look Pretty Good Too

Soon after our last child left home for college, my husband was resting next to me on the couch with his head in my lap. I carefully removed his glasses, And I said sweetly "You know, honey without your glasses you look like the same handsome young man I married."

Honey," he replied with a grin, "without my glasses, you still look pretty good too!"

Valerie L. Runyan, in December, 1992, Reader’s Digest

B. Is It Well With Him . . Mentally.

1 Cor 2:16 How could he? For certainly he has never been one to know the Lord’s thoughts, or to discuss them with him, or to move the hands of God by prayer. But, strange as it seems, we Christians actually do have within us a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ. TLB

Illustration Understanding Each Other

A man is a person who, if a woman says, "Never mind, I’ll do it myself," lets her.

A woman is a person who, if she says to a man, "Never mind, I’ll do it myself," and he lets her, gets mad.

A man is a person who, if a woman says to him, "Never mind, I’ll do it myself," and he lets her and she gets mad, says, "Now what are you mad about?

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