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Summary: Mothers Day Talk - A Godly Example.

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Reading:

2 Timothy chapter 1 verse 5

2 Timothy chapter 3 verse 15.

“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also”.

“And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”.

Ill:

A teacher gave her junior class a lesson on the Magnet and what it does.

• The next day in a written test, she included this question:

• My full name has six letters.

• The first one is ‘M’. I pick up things. What am I?

• When the test papers were turned in,

• The teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the children;

• Answered the question with the word ‘Mother’.

Ill:

• A four-year-old and a six-year-old presented their Mom with a house-plant.

• They had used their own money and she was thrilled.

• The older of them said with a sad face,

• There was a bouquet that we wanted to give you at the flower shop.

• It was real pretty, but it was too expensive.

• It had a ribbon on it that said, ‘Rest In Peace’,

• And we thought it would be just perfect;

• Since you are always asking for a little peace so that you can rest.

By setting aside the day we call Mothers' Day:

• We are not merely contributing to a higher standard of living for;

• Florists, greeting card publishers and restaurant owners.

• We are fulfilling the Biblical command (the 5th commandment);

• Where we are told to "Honour your mother."

The Hebrew word (language of the Old Testament) for ‘honour’ means ‘Treat as weighty’:

Ill:

• Someone did ask a little girl who was playing dressing up games,

• What are you going to do, when you get as big as your mother.

• To their surprise the little girl replied; “Go on a diet!”

The Bible word for ‘honour’ means ‘Treat as weighty’:

• Obviously not physical!

• It means our respect, our gratitude, our attitude and our responsibility;

• In other words we should overload our mothers with;

• Respect, honour, gratitude etc.

Note:

• Sorry mums (& dads):

• It does not mean your kids are to obey you without question.

• Sorry kids (big or small):

• It does not mean simply be nice to them or simply put up with them.

• The command (and notice that there is no age limit to the command) is instructing us;

• To watch our behaviour, attitude and our responsibility to our parents.

Quote: The Oxford Thesaurus contains these words for ‘honour’:

‘Reverence, respect, obedience, gratitude, trust, confidence, praise, attention, esteem,

adore, consideration, care’.

This commandment is built on co-operation:

• It is not a carte blanche to all children;

• To succumb to all the wishes, quirks & orders of their parents.

• In fact God also gives both mothers and fathers instructions as well as the kids;

• Both have to play their part in building a healthy relationship.

Ill:

• A Christian mother was teaching the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.

• After explaining the commandment, "Honour thy father and thy mother,"

• She asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"

• Without missing a beat one little boy answered, "Thou shall not kill!"

In any relationship both parties have to play their part;

• If we want to experience what the Bible calls ‘happy families’ relationships that work.

• Then we (both parties) need to follow the makers instructions;

• And those instructions are found in this book;

• And they start by telling us children in Exodus chapter 20 verse 12:

• To "Honour your father and your mother."

• Amplified Bible: “Regard (treat with honour, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother”

Question:

• Why?

• You tell me……..

• When we think of mothers & Motherhood, what characteristics/images come to mind?

• Give me some suggestions?

Answer:

• Sacrificial, loyal, endurance (long hours), multi-tasking, generous, empathy and wisdom!

• Mothers are quite unique!

Question: Who can ever forget a mother’s wisdom?

• My Mother taught me LOGIC...

• "If you fall off that swing and break your legs, don't come running to me."

• My Mother taught me MEDICINE...

• "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they're going to freeze that way."

• My Mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD...

• "If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job!"

• My Mother taught me INTUITION...

• "Put your jumper on; I know when you're cold?"

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