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Summary: What are some of the qualities that are found in a good mother?


INTRODUCTION: Happy Mother's Day! Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) first suggested the national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers because she had loved her own mother so dearly. At a memorial service for her mother on May 10, 1908, Miss Jarvis gave a carnation (her mother’s favorite flower) to each person who attended. Within the next few years, the idea of a day to honor mothers gained popularity, and Mother’s Day was observed in a number of large cities in the U.S. On May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a time for "public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country. By then it had become customary to wear white carnations to honor departed mothers and red to honor the living, a custom that continues to this day.

1) The makings of a good mom.

A good mom teaches her children.

Here are some things a person wrote in paying their respects to their mom as a teacher: "My mother taught me RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she instructed, "You better pray that stain comes out of that carpet." My mother taught me LOGIC: "Because I said so, that's why." My mother taught me PROPER PLANNING: "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident." Which doesn't make sense because if you're in an accident your underwear won't be clean anymore.

My mother taught me IRONY: "Keep laughing, and I'll give you something to cry about." Huh? My mother taught me about STAMINA: "You're gonna sit there 'til that spinach is finished." My mother taught me about WEATHER: "It looks as if a tornado swept through this room." My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out." My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: "Stop acting like your father!" My mother taught me about ENVY: "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have a wonderful Mom like you do!"

A good mom will teach their kids about the importance of being respectful, kind and considerate. They will teach them to watch out for strangers and people who might be out to do them harm. They will teach them what to do in emergency situations. They will teach them how to do things; pass on their knowledge and skills. They will help them with their homework, teach them about how to conduct friendships and relationships.

Moms teach many important life lessons to their kids. But not only do good moms teach their children about life lessons, they teach them the word.

2nd Tim. 1:5, "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."

The faith that Timothy possessed was shown and taught to him by his mother who had it taught to her through her mother. Together, they imparted the truth to young Timothy.

2nd Tim. 3:14-15, "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."

Timothy's success can be traced back to his Mother Eunice and Grandmother Lois teaching him the scriptures.

"There is a story about four preachers discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked the King James Version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another liked the American Revised Version best because it was closer to the original Hebrew and Greek. Still another liked a contemporary version because of its up to date vocabulary.

The fourth minister was silent for moment, then said, “I like my mother’s translation best.” Surprised, the other three men said they didn’t know his mother had translated the Bible. “Yes,” he replied. “She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.” Good moms teach their children.

A good mom makes sacrifices for her children.

Prov. 31:15, "She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls."

As the saying goes, 'A man's work ends with the sun but a woman's work is never done'. It's true. Back in the day the man came home from work and it was time to eat dinner and relax. Not so for the woman. Her day wasn't done until it was time for bed. Moms do make a lot of sacrifices for her family.

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