Summary: Biblical characteristics of a godly woman.
There is a difference between a mother and a mom.
I realize today is called Mothers’ Day, but I really believe we should understand it and celebrate it more as Moms’ Day. The truth is, every mother should be appreciated for the fact that she allowed a child within her to be carried to the point of physical birth. However, it’s a much greater feat to be a mom than a mother.
There are many women who have never biologically given birth to a child who, nonetheless, have been moms to many. In fact, most of us, perhaps all of us, have been "mommed" or "grandmommed" by some wonderful women in our lives.
I believe that the moms of this world are those worthy of honor today. So today, moms, we say thank you. And we want you to know that we appreciate all your hard work in helping "raise" us.
In doing so, we need to come to a general understanding of what makes a great mom, a godly woman.
*ILL>Recently Becky showed me an interesting article someone e-mailed her...
These are the questions a group of 2nd graders were asked, followed by their insightful answers:
>Why did God make mothers?
--She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
--Mostly to clean the house.
--To help us out of there when we were getting born.
>How did God make mothers?
--He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
--Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
--God made my mom just the same like He made me. He just used bigger parts.
>What ingredients are mothers made of?
--God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world, and then He adds one dab of mean.
--They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
>Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
--Duh. We’re related.
--God knew she would like me a lot more than other people’s moms would like me.
>What kind of little girl was your mom?
My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
--I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be that she was probably pretty bossy.
--They say she used to be nice.
>What did your mom need to know about your dad before she married him?
--His last name.
--She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
>Why did your mom marry your dad?
--My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world, and my mom eats a lot.
--She got too old to do anything else with him.
My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.
>Who’s the boss at your house?
--Mom doesn’t want to be the boss, but she has to be because dad’s such a goof ball.
--Mom. You can tell by the room inspections. She sees the stuff under the bed.
--I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.
>What’s the difference between moms and dads?
--Moms work at work and work at home, and dads just go to work and work at work.
--Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
--Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.
--Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.
>What does your mom do in her spare time?
--Mothers don’t do spare time.
--To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
>What would it take to make your mom perfect?
--On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
--Diet. You know, like her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.
>If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
--She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
--I’d make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
--I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.
Well, our attention today is on what the characteristics are of a godly woman, and for the answer to that question, we turn our attention to an authority higher than 2nd graders: we’re going to look at the description of a godly woman found in Proverbs 31:7-31.
As you turn to that passage, let me say I’m honored to be surrounded by so many godly ladies in this place today, and I’ve been so very blessed personally in that God has brought into my life a godly mom, godly grandmothers, a godly wife, and a godly daughter.