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Summary: We need to learn from our mothers.

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WHAT MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME

Exodus 20:12

S: Mother’s Day

Th: Learning from Mom

Pr: We need to learn from our mothers.

?: What?

KW: Principles for life

TS: We are going to observe three biblical principles for life

that my mother taught me.

The _____ principle for life that my mother taught me is…

I. FAITH

II. LOVE

III. PERSEVERANCE

RMBC 5/9/99 AM

INTRODUCTION:

1. What did your mother teach you?

ILL Notebook: Mother (What My Mother Taught Me)

Hear what one, anonymous son has written along these lines:

My Mother taught me LOGIC...

"If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can’t go to the store with me," as well as, "If everyone else jumped off a cliff would you do it too?"

My Mother taught me MEDICINE...

"If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to freeze that way."

My Mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD...

"If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job!"

My Mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE...

"What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you... Don’t talk back to me!"

My Mother taught me HUMOR...

"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me."

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT...

"If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.

My mother taught me about GENETICS...

"You are just like your father!"

My mother taught me about my ROOTS...

"Do you think you were born in a barn?"

My mother taught me about the WISDOM of AGE...

"When you get to be my age, you will understand," or, "I will explain it all when you get older."

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION...

"Just wait until your father gets home."

My mother taught me about RECEIVING...

You are going to get it when I get you home.

And the all time favorite thing my mother taught me - JUSTICE

"One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you. Then you’ll see what it’s like! I can’t wait!"

I think this is the secret hope for every mother…that history will

repeat itself.

2. There has been some commonality through the years when it comes to motherhood.

ILL Notebook: Mother (Great Sayings of Biblical Mothers)

In fact, we have some quotes of mothers from biblical times to

show you that some things just don’t change.

10. Samson! Get your hand out of that lion. You don’t know where it’s been! (Judges 14:5-8)

9. David! I told you not to play in the house with that sling! Go practice your harp. We pay good money for those lessons!

8. Abraham! Stop wandering around - the countryside and get home for supper!

7. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego! Leave those clothes outside, you smell like a dirty ol’ furnace!

6. Cain! Get off your brother! You’re going to kill him some day!

5. Noah! No, you can’t keep them! I told you, don’t bring home any more strays!

4. Gideon! Have you been hiding in that wine press again? Look at your clothes! (Judges 6:11)

3. James and John! No more burping contests at the dinner table, please. People are going to call you the sons of thunder! (Mark 3:17)

2. Judas! Have you been in my purse again?!

I. Jesus! What do you think, you were born in a barn?

TRANSITION:

1. One thing we all hold in common today is that we have mothers.

Everyone of us qualifies as a child of someone.

Now, we recognize that not everyone’s situation is exactly the

same, and some of you may have been lacking one of your

parents, or you may have been adopted.

Nevertheless, we come to recognize our mothers today.

We come to recognize the terrific job that they have done for us.

Surely, most of what they have done for us goes unnoticed.

Take for example this description of a mother’s typical day.

ILL

"Preheat oven, but first check for rubber balls or “Batman” figurines that might be lurking inside the oven.

Clear counter of “legos” and “Hot Wheels” cars. Grease pan. Crack nuts. Measure flour. Remove Johnny’s hand from flour. Remeasure flour. Crack more nuts to replace those Johnny ate. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt.

Get broom and dust pan. Sweep up pieces of bowl Johnny knocked on floor. Find a second bowl. Answer doorbell. Return to kitchen. Remove Johnny’s hand from bowl. Wash Johnny. Answer telephone. Return. Remove half inch of salt from grease pan.

Call for Johnny. Look for Johnny. Give up search. Grease another pan. Answer phone. Return to kitchen. Find Johnny. Remove Johnny’s hands from bowl. Remove layer of nuts shells from grease pan. Sternly turn to Johnny who knocks off second bowl off counter while running away from you. Wash kitchen floor and counter and dishes and walls. Final scene: Call bakery. Place order. Take two Tylenol. Lie down."

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