Summary: Mother’s Day message describing what a classified Ad might look like if we put it in the newspaper.


Today we want to honor all of our mothers on this special day…Mother’s Day

We celebrate mother’s day because of Anna M. Jarvis who had suggest the national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers because she loved her own mother so dearly

On May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day

As I thought about Mother’s Day, I began to reflect on motherhood and I believe it is still the most important institution in the world

Being a mother is more than giving birth…it is a lifetime commitment to love, nurture, correct, train and build character in their individual children’s lives

From the time the child is born, it is the mother’s job to prepare that child to leave the nest

Life is full of different roads and there are many paths to follow

Mothers teach their children how to make good choices…even though they know the child will make bad ones

And when bad ones are made, there are valuable lessons to be learned by the child…and mothers are the ones who love them through the lesson

As I pondered all that a mother does, I thought about the job description a mother might have…look at what our text says

Prov 31:10-31 / Pray

Here is how it might read in the classifieds: Needed, One Mother: She must have the following qualifications, I am using the acrostic of MOTHER in my adverstisement.

1. M is for:

a. Manager – she must be able to train, direct, educate, and prepare a child for life

b. Mender – She must be able to fix things, from bicycles to broken hearts

Proverbs 31:19 (NLT)

Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber.

c. Mentor – she must be a teacher; a coach and advisor rolled into one

Proverbs 31:26 (NLT)

When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions.

2. O is for:

a. Organizer – she is one who will bring structure to her household and to her child’s life

Proverbs 31:27 (NLT)

She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness.

b. Opportunist – she will seize the moment, see that window of opportunity and keep her child’s eye on the goal

Proverbs 31:18 (NLT)

She watches for bargains; her lights burn late into the night.

3. T is for:

a. Trustworthy – her child will know she can be trusted to keep her word

Proverbs 31:11 (NLT)

Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.

b. Teacher – she will not give a task without showing her child how to complete it

c. Taxi – she is always available to drive her children to scout meetings, sporting events, school functions, late night shopping sprees, etc…

4. H is for:

a. Helper – she is there to help in time of need; she knows when to hold on and when to let go. She helps her child strive for excellence in every area of life

Proverbs 31:20 (NLT)

She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

b. Healer – She stands with her child through the rough places and the wrong choices and helps that child begin again. Her kiss on a wound is better than any medicine a doctor can give.

5. E is for:

a. Example – She sets the example in the home. She knows there are little eyes watching everything she does.

Proverbs 31:16 (NLT)

She goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.

b. Edifier – She builds up her children; she gives them confidence as she encourages them in every endeavor of life

Proverbs 31:26 (NLT)

When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions.

6. R is for:

a. Restrictor – She sets boundaries for herself as well as her children…these boundaries are a direct correlation of her love

b. Restorer – She is able to softly and tenderly rebuild and restore in her children what others tear down

c. Refuge – She is a refuge, a safe place in time of trouble

Proverbs 31:25 (NLT)

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future.

d. Reflection of Christ – When her children look at her, she reflects the character of Christ

Proverbs 31:28 (NLT)

Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:

There is no better picture to depict the love Christ has for His children than that of the love a mother has for her child

She willingly lays down her life for her children

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