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Summary: Everyday across the world children experience the Spirit through the nurturing and caring from their mothers. God designed moms this way, God placed in moms across this world and across time His character traits of nurture, caring, and sacrificial love. M

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Series: Family Matters

Through family life we discover ourselves as we make mistakes, sacrifice for others and receive nurture from our family units.

Family brings out the best and worst in each of us. As we yield to and serve others we learn to love them and ourselves in the process. Many of us could never approach this form of selflessness in any other way. There is something about a mother or a father, a son or a daughter. There is a connection there that binds us and asks more of us then we are normally willing to give. When we are true to ourselves and follow our feelings and share openly and honestly with our loved ones we remember why family is important. And we are well rewarded for our sacrifice as it enables us to better appreciate who we are. On the other hand, when we yield to our selfishness and take our family members for granted or treat them poorly we lose our sense of self-worth and begin to despise those whom we once loved (From http://valuesfamily.com/important/).

At convention last week Tony Simon preached a great message called, “Is it worth it?” The premise of the message was is it worth it to support missions, to follow the call of God to go to the mission field and to sacrifice for the Kingdom of God.

So let me do a little pole today how many here believe that Family Matters in a person’s life and value system? Is the family worth all the blood, sweat and tears?

Let’s make it more specific: ‘Is it worth it?”

Is it worth moms and dads to sacrifice for your kids?

Is it worth it to pray for your children over and over?

Is it worth it to dedicate them to the Lord for His service?

Is it worth it to change all those diapers and go through the joy of potty training?

Is it worth it - to pay a $180,000 to raise a child to adult hood? (A poll said it costs this much to raise a child).

Is it worth it to lead guide and correct your child?

Is it worth it to be a role model to your child?

Is it worth it to read Bible stories to your child?

Is it worth it to say “No” to your child?

Is it worth it to be a parent rather than a friend to your child?

Is it worth it to take them to church to learn the value system of God?

Is it worth it to protect them from the twisted influence of the media?

Is it worth it to go through the emotional highs and lows of those teen years?

Is it worth it to help them get back up when they make a mistake?

Is it worth it to help pay for their college?

Is it worth it to help them fulfill their divine calling in life?

Is it all worth it?

The answer: Yes, it’s worth it!

Sermon: Moms matter!

Thesis: Everyday across the world children experience the Spirit through the nurturing and caring from their mothers. God designed moms this way, God placed in moms across this world and across time His character traits of nurture, caring, and sacrificial love. Moms have many of the character traits that God has because He placed it into their DNA. The spiritual truth is moms matter and it’s worth the sacrifice!

Opening Video: Moms Day off by bluefishtv

Observation from sermon: Choosing the Best Part: A Mother’s Day Message by Robert Massey - sermoncentral.com:

I realize that today’s woman have no easy task. I know that more appliances and conveniences are placed within the home with the goal of making the household chores easier. Things have certainly changed from the time that I was a child. There were no micro-wave ovens, icemaker refrigerators, and many of the other modern appliances found in today’s home. However, in spite of all these changes that supposedly add to the convenience of the home, women today are probably busier than at any other point in history. Expectations for women have changed as well. Today, mom is expected to not only cook the bacon, she has to help bring it home as well. Even though she may work 40 hours plus, she is still expected to be the main housekeeper. She is often expected to keep the house, cook the meals, wash the clothes, and take care of the children. Their day is often from sunup to sundown. Another change we have seen in recent years is the “super mom”. This is the woman that attempts to have it all, a good education, a great career, and be a great mother as well. Many women are finding that this is not that easy. Regardless of time schedules, and calendar organizers, there is still only 24 hours to work within a day. I know, there are occasions that I wish for 36 hours in a day so I could get everything done as well, but there is no such thing. With all that is expected of them, many women try to cut corners in order to make for time for a busy day. The problem with this is that one aspect that often gets cut or overlooked is that of the spiritual. Many women, (and men as well) fail to make time for God. If they focus only on the material, and neglect the spiritual, they will not be fulfilled and happy. Someone once said, “It’s the woman that sets the mood for the home.” Today’s version of that is “If momma’s not happy, nobody’s gonna be happy.” Today’s women, through motherhood, have the greatest opportunity to mold the future. It was Napoleon who once said, “The fate of a child is always the work of his mother.”

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