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Summary: Moms have a tough job. It is a job of sleepless nights, hard decisions and sacrifice. Often it is thankless and many times you go unrecognized. But the heart of a mom continues to love and care. God has used the special love of a mom caring for her c

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The Heart of a Mom

Matthew 15:21-28

The Heart of a Mom is Caring

The Heart of a Mom is Discerning

The Heart of a Mom is Helpful

The Heart of a Mom is Persistent

The Heart of a Mom is Full of Faith

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Happy Mothers’ Day!

I want to thank and honor all the moms who have persevered and have raised their kids because being a Mom is often a thankless job.

On top of that, there are expectations to be able to do it all, to be a super mom!

They need to be nurse and doctor, counselor and caregiver.

They need to function on little sleep.

They need to be up before the kids and go to bed after them.

And then, if they are not a single mom, they are expected to put on their romantic wife hat.

And they are expected to do it all with a smile and the sweetest attitude.

Being a mom is tough.

I know many moms often feel

undervalued,

unappreciated,

unrecognized.

From your kids who don’t recognize all that you do

From your husbands who don’t appreciate all that you do.

Even from society who often doesn’t value the role you have.

Being a mom is hard!

But even though it is hard, God has designed the Heart of a mom to be a reflection of his own heart, not that men aren’t created in the image of God, they are, but we see God even use how a mother loves and cares for her child as an example of his own love and care for his people.

Isaiah 66:13 - As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you;

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There is something special about how a woman cares for a child whether that child is natural born, adopted or just someone that the woman has become a mother to. The heart of a mom is to love.

So today in honor of Mother’s Day, I want to take a look at

The Heart of a Mom

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I want you to turn with me to Matthew 15:21-28

Now, I know we have people here today at all kinds of different places. From

ladies who have raised their kids,

to moms who are helping to raise kids right now and things are very difficult with your child or children,

to young women who have not had kids yet,

to ladies who have been unable to have kids of their own.

Whatever place you find yourself today, I want to encourage you today. There are many things that we are unable to control in our circumstances or in other people, even our kids, but God has called us to have his heart and I believe His heart is well reflected in the heart of a woman who cares for children, who is a mom at heart. So even if you cannot have kids, look for that person who you can be a mom too and mentor and shepherd and love.

So, let’s read this morning and examine the heart of a mom in this passage in Matthew.

Matthew 15:21-28

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession."

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."

24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

25 The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.

26 He replied, "It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs."

27 "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table."

28 Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Pray

We see this woman was a Canaanite woman. Now the Canaanites were not respected by the Jews, and were even despised. But this mother’s heart was for her daughter.

Think about this for a moment. She was willing to go to someone she thought would despise her because she saw it as the only hope for her daughter.

So one of the first things we see is that

The Heart of a Mom is Caring

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In the face of being despised she goes to Jesus because she cares greatly for her daughter.

Her daughter is suffering so she is suffering too.

Notice she asks Jesus to “have mercy on me.” (herself).

She cares so much that there is this empathy, in that she suffers alongside her daughter even though she, herself, is not demon possessed.

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