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Summary: The value of mothers in the spiritual life of family.

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May 11, 2003

HOLY SPIRIT BLESS US

Proverbs 31: 10-31

The Power of a Woman’s Womb

It is my great joy and privilege to greet all the mothers this afternoon- HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! For me it’s something that I couldn’t afford to miss because indeed our mothers are precious gift from the Lord.

God’s manifested His brilliance when He used the womb of a woman named Mary to give birth to the Savior of humanity – our Lord Jesus Christ.

A woman and a mother played a very vital role in our deliverance from the bondage of sin and guilt. Because of what Christ had done, we can now come freely to the presence of God and be reconciled with Him.

The womb of a woman is powerful enough to carry a living soul inside. It’s not one week or one month but 9 months more or less that mothers endure the pain and suffering of conception for the sake of her baby or babies inside her until the final moment of delivery wherein the mother’s life is still 50/50.

That is the mystery of mans birth that only God knew why He made it that way.

In the Bible we found the following stories about mothers:

Matthew 20:20 “Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, and asked a favor of him.”

This mother came to Jesus and ask him a favor. She said; “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” V. 21b

This sweet mother was so concerned about her sons future. She wanted to make sure that they will be in the best position in another kingdom.

I do believe our mothers value so much the future of their family especially the children.

They are willing to sacrifice and do the best they can which most of the times would mean denying themselves for the sake of their children’s welfare.

I remember when we were small children, our mother used to feed us first before she will eat. Most of the times because we are big family, what she had for her meal was our left over and we never heard her complain.

Zebedee’s sons mother was particular about her sons future just like our mothers today.

2 Timothy 1:5 talks about another characteristics of a mother which states, “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.”

Apostle Paul was writing a letter to Timothy ( one of his spiritual son.)

There are significant characters behind Timothy’s life- his grandmother and mother who were both women of God.

This verse tells us that Timothy’s faith emanated from the faith of these two women of God. They have left the best legacy to Timothy which was very visible to people he dealt with.

Lois and Eunice were good examples to Timothy that helped him shaped his Christian character.

I personally believed that faith must be learned first in the four corners of our homes.

Just like what I always say during house blessings, “the home is the best Theological Seminary .”

Timothy acquired his faith because of these women of God. I am also very grateful to say that I first learned how to trust, believe, and accepted Jesus Christ in my life because of my grandmother- Apo Maria.

My grandmother was the one who prayed for me to become a pastor or a worker in the Lord’s vineyard. She always reminded me that my life is gift from God because my mother was continuously bleeding for several months while I was developing and growing in her womb.

Because of my mother’s situation the doctor decided to do a DNC (“raspa”) to my mother.

But because they cannot do it without my father’s approval, they have to wait for him and it was a blessing because he was late and the procedure was never done.

God did not allow it to happen.

He has a wonderful plan for that baby that was nearly and unawarely aborted.

The reason is… God has a plan for that baby to become the Pastor of the Filipino Mission Fellowship in Melbourne, Florida.

My grandmother brought us tirelessly to the Church every Sunday and she always find time to teach us and guide us in our faith journey.

I might not be in the ministry if not for my grandmother and my mother who supported me. Thank You Ima and to my Apo Maria. Praise the Lord!

It’s really important and a basic thing that our mothers MUST devote time talking, leading and teaching the children about faith in Jesus Christ.

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