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Summary: Mothers Day 2002

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What A Godly Mom Looks Like

Prov. 31:10-31

INTRO.- ILL.- A drill sergeant was frustrated in his efforts to make a soldier out of a certain recruit. The trainee lagged behind on marches, used any excuse to go on sick call, grumbled constantly about the food, and never made his cot properly. But one day, a noticeable change took place in the young man’s attitude. When asked to what he attributed the soldier’s change in attitude, the drill sergeant explained, "Threats and punishment didn’t work, so I had to resort to the ultimate weapon: I called his mother!"

ILL.- Did you hear about the three sons who left home, went out on their own and prospered? Getting back together, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother. The first said, "I built a big house for our mother." The second said, "I sent her a Mercedes with a driver." The third smiled and said, "I’ve got you both beat. You remember how mom enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can’t see very well. I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took elders in the church 12 years to teach him. He’s one of a kind. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse, and parrot recites it."

Soon thereafter, mom sent out her letters of thanks: "Milton", she wrote, "The house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house." "Gerald", she wrote to another, "I am too old to travel. I stay most of the time at home, so I rarely use the Mercedes. And the driver is so rude!" "Dearest Donald", she wrote to her third son, "You have the good sense to know what your mother likes. The chicken was delicious!"

I. HER HANDS WORK

A)In this text, we see that mothers do all kinds of work.

- She sews v. 13, 19, 22 "She selects wool...and works with eager hands."

- She shops v. 14 "bringing her food from afar."

- She cooks v. 15 "She provides food for her family..."

- She gardens v. 16 "She plants a vineyard..."

B) ILL. Child asked what mama does “she watches soap operas”

C) Notice that these things are done for the benefit of others.

1) Husbands, do you give your wife a mommy break? Time she can just be alone to rest?

II. HER MOUTH SPEAKS

A) Vs. 26 she speaks with wisdom.

B) She speaks with love

1) Moms—A soft answer turneth away wrath.

2) “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” Are you building up your husband? Your children?

III. HER HEART LOVES

A) ILL.- A teacher at school put this question to little James in math class, "James, suppose your mother made a cherry pie, and there were ten of you at the table: your mother and father and eight children. How much of the pie would you get?" "A ninth," was his answer. "No, no, James. Now pay attention. There are ten of you in the home. Don’t you know your fractions?"

"Yes, maam," he replied, "I know my fractions, but I know my mother even better, AND SHE’D SAY THAT SHE DIDN’T WANT ANY PIE."

B) Jerry Clower tells about being at a football game to watch his son who was a kicker. He missed a potentially winning field goal to the right and a man in the stands began to heckle. The man yelled whose boy is that anyway? Jerry walked over and sat down beside the man and looked into his eyes and said “Boy, you are lucky to be alive.” To which the man said why? “Jerry said “Because I am a Christian and Jesus won’t let me kill you.” He loved his child.

IV. HER FAMILY SHOULD:

A) Praise her

B) Pray for her

C) Please her by following her instructions.


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