Summary: This sermon looks at motherhood from the perspective of the story of Mary & Martha.

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INTRO – There’s a war going on against women in our world today. Not using this terminology the way the liberals in America use it, when they suggest that the war against women is when we as Christians stand against abortion & stand up for the lives of unborn children. That’s not a war against women – It’s a war against innocent helpless children who are being murdered in what should be the safest place in the world – their mother’s womb.

No, the war I’m talking about is a literal war against women across our world, where women & girls are seen as nothing more than 2nd rate citizens, as the property of men, & easy targets for abuse of all types. Over the past few wks, we’ve seen news reports of the extremist Muslim group, Boko Haram, & their kidnapping of schoolgirls across Nigeria, forcing them into slavery & all kinds of horrendous activities. It is a tragedy of worldwide proportions & must be stopped.

It is so sad to see this type of thing happening around our world, esp when it is done in the name of some religion or belief system that teaches that women are inferior. I want to be very clear in saying that our God would never lead us to do anything to abuse girls or women in any way. He created women, just as He created man. Ladies, you are made in the image of God, you are beautiful, & you need to remember that! You know that the word “woman” originated in the Garden of Eden, b/c when Adam saw Eve for the 1st time, he said, “Wo-Man!”

The beauty of women is amazing, & I’m not just talking about physical beauty. Unfortunately, in our society, that’s what gets emphasized the most, leading to a lot of insecurities, depression, & discouragement. The true beauty of you women in seen in:

- your seemingly unending source of strength;

- your unbelievable patience & perseverance;

- your unwavering faith as you pray for your kids, if you’re a mom, esp when they are wayward kids for a season; How many of you are thankful for a praying mom???

- your unusually strong sense of perception & discernment;

- your unequalled tolerance of pain – There ain’t a man here today who could give birth to a child!!!

I know sometimes you feel like you’re overlooked, neglected, & unappreciated. And, unfortunately, sometimes you are. I know it seems like your work is never done. Story of a teacher who gave her class of 2nd graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: "My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I?" Almost half of the students answered the question with the word “Mother.” How many of you moms can identify w/ that?

Or maybe you feel like the mother of three notoriously bad kids who was asked whether or not she'd have children if she had it to do over again. "Yes," she replied. "But not the same ones." Sometimes you just have days like that.

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