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Summary: "Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you." It is the only one of the 10 commandments with a promise. A Godly Mother translates the Bible into her everyday life. Updated May 2018.

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We have come together today ......First and Foremost ... to honor... the Lord Jesus Christ ...with our worship.

This day... May 13th.... is also a time, ...to honor ...our mothers, ...grandmothers ...and the mothers ...of our children.

Worship and Motherhood ...... are lifetime tasks, ...neither of which ......can or should be confined ...to a one hour ...Sunday morning service.

A Mother's Poem:

"Some may climb Mt Everest, in search of thrills galore,

But I scale peaks that rival it, ... just past the laundry door:

Slopes of socks and underwear, ... sheer cliffs of shirts and pants.

Oh, yes, I live in mortal fear; ... of a laundry avalanche"

Mother's Day ... is a day.... for greetings...... and expressions of love....... And ... It is also a day.... for remembering.

I do not believe ... that anything has ever been said ... or ever will be said ... that is eloquent enough, ...or expressive enough ......to articulate ...the true value ......of a mother.

Motherhood ...is a special gift ...from God.

And It seems to me, ...... that something miraculous happens ...when a woman gives birth ......to her first child.

For ......In a way ...there are really ...two births.

The first of course is ...the birth ... of a child.

The second is ...the birth ... of a mother.

It is a miraculous gift ... of creation.

And as Children ... we relate....... to our mothers ...differently .... through the years.

At age 4, we say... "My mom.... She can do anything!"

At age 12, ... "Well ... Mom doesn't know....... Everything."

At age 14, ... "Mom doesn't know... Anything!"

At age 18, ... "Mom is out of step ... with the times."

At age 25, ... "Well, mom.... knows a few things."

At age 35, ...... "Before we decide to do that, ... let's get Mom's ...opinion."

At age 45, ...... "I wonder what mom would say ......about this?"

At age 65, .... "I wish I could talk ... with my mother."

A mother... can have the angelic voice ... of a member in the celestial choir.... as she sings the Brahm's lullaby ....to the babe ... held lovingly.... in her arms.

Yet this same voice ...can dwarf the sound of an amplifier ... when she calls her children in... for supper, ...or cheers them on ...at a game. (Pause)

So many times, ... mothers display patience ...when many a man ... would have given up. Amen! (Long Pause)

There was a mother ...pushing a shopping cart ...through Wal-Mart.

Her daughter... was riding in the cart, ... and she was continually screaming.

Her mom kept saying ... "Now Calm down, Ellen.

It will be all right, Ellen.

It's almost time to go home, Ellen."

One of the checkout clerks ...saw this and said ... "Maam, you are to be commended ...at how patient you are.... with little Ellen."

The Mom said... "Lady, ... I'm ... Ellen!" (Pause)

Mother's seem to also have great intuition... It is difficult ...to get something past ... your mom.

A Television show in Cleveland Ohio ... that I watched... when I was a child ......called Captain Penny.... would always end the show.... With these words:

"You can fool some of the people.... all of the time, ....and all of the people ... some of the time, ... (Slow) but you can't fool ... (hand signal) mom."

Beloved ... To Honor... our Fathers ......and our Mothers.... Is a command ... a commandment from God.

BIBLE "Honor your father and your mother, .......so that your days ... may be long in the land...." END Exodus 20:12

Paul echoed these words ...in his letter to the believers ... gathered in the great city of Ephesus:

BIBLE "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land." END Ephesians 6:2-3

Some may say, .... "But my mother wasn't honorable!"

Well ... that may be true ... and if it was ... learn from it.

And be honorable to your children ... your grandchildren ... your great grandchildren.

And if you have no children, grandchildren or great grandchildren ... then be honorable to those that God has placed in your life.

Beloved ... You are a new creation in Christ Jesus.

Jesus honored his mother Mary... ...even as he hung ...on the Cross.

One of the last things Jesus did on earth ......was to take care of ...His mother!

Even in the dying moments.... of His life, ......He never stopped... loving her.

He never stopped ...caring for her.

He never stopped ......honoring her.

Hear God's word from the Gospel of John

BIBLE "..., standing near the cross of Jesus ...were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary ......., and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother ...and the disciple whom he loved ... standing beside her, .... he said to his mother, ... "Woman, here is your son." 27 Then he said to the disciple, ... "Here is your mother." ... And from that hour ... the disciple took her ... into his own home." END John 19:25-26

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Scott Bayles

commented on Apr 20, 2016

Can I .... ask why.... you put... so many.... ellipses in ... your sermons?

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Apr 20, 2016

They remind me to slow down or to pause. I have a habit of speaking too fast. Thank you for taking time to comment. Blessings in Christ. Jeff

J Vl

commented on Apr 21, 2016

I use dashes but your ellipses look better--neater on the page. I am going to change to ellipses because I too have a habit of talking way too fast. Thank you for the sermon and ellipses idea.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Apr 28, 2016

Thank you for taking time to comment. May you be a blessing. Jeff

Randall Timblin

commented on May 9, 2017

I use them also. It shows thoughts to be separated as well as pauses to make a point. Good job!

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