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Summary: The old saying, ’If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy’takes on new meaning as Ruth makes Naomi happy again.

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Making Our Mother Happy

Text: Ruth 1:14

Introduction: If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

1. Respect the Woman called Mother

Naomi, her husband and two sons fled the famine of Israel and moved to Moab. While there Naomi’s sons married Moabite girls. Tragedy struck when the husband and both boys lost their lives. Upon hearing God had provided for her homeland, she prepared to move back and only Ruth committed to going back with her. Naomi left ‘pleasant’ but returned bitter. Ruth 1:20-21

But she said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. [21] I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?"

Naomi face an uphill battle but Ruth had committed to do whatever was necessary to give her Mother-in-law every opportunity to return to her pleasant nature.

A. Being a Mother is not easy

A fifteen-year-old boy came bounding into the house and found his mom in bed. He asked if she were sick or something. He was truly concerned. Mom replied that, as a matter of fact, she didn’t feel too well. The son replied, “Well, don’t worry a bit about dinner. I’ll be happy to carry you down to the stove.

SOMEBODY SAID

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby.

Somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, normal is history.

Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct.

Somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.

Somebody said being a mother is boring.

Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.

Somebody said if you’re a "good" mother, your child will "turn out good."

Somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.

Somebody said "good" mothers never raise their voices.

Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.

Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a mother.

Somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.

Somebody said you can’t love the fifth child as much as you love the first.

Somebody doesn’t have more than one child.

Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the books.

Somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.

Somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten.

Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back.

Somebody never organized seven giggling Girl Scouts to sell cookies.

Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married.

Somebody doesn’t know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother’s heartstrings.

Somebody said a mother’s job is done when her last child leaves home. Somebody never had grandchildren.

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don’t need to tell her.

Somebody isn’t a mother.

B. Loving your Mother may not be easy

1. Bad Relationship

2. Lost your mother

Ruth obviously had a Moabite Mother but choose to adopt Naomi as her mother of faith. If you don’t have a good relationship with your mother or have no mother at all find a godly mother whose children may have abandoned them and love them.

Jesus made provision for his mother when from the cross He said to John, “Behold your mother” and to Mary He said, “Behold your son.”

Naomi called Ruth Daughter

Ruth 2:2

So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter."

2. Receive humbly your responsibility to offer her the opportunity to be happy with you and her.

Making Mother Happy

Little children can come up with some very interesting ideas. Listen to what some children wrote to their mothers for Mother’s Day.

Angie, 8 years old, wrote: "Dear Mother, I’m going to make dinner for you on Mother’s Day. It’s going to be a surprise. P.S. I hope you like pizza & popcorn."

Robert wrote: "I got you a turtle for Mother’s Day. I hope you like the turtle better than the snake I got you last year."

Eileen wrote: "Dear Mother, I wish Mother’s Day wasn’t always on Sunday. It would be better if it were on Monday so we wouldn’t have to go to school."

Little Diane wrote: "I hope you like the flowers I got you for Mother’s Day. I picked them myself when Mr. Smith wasn’t looking."

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