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Summary: Good Mother’s Day message. Ten things things that Mary did that are good examples for us to follow in raising a godly child.

Title:

“What’s a Mother to do?”

Introduction:

If you want to raise godly children, let me encourage you to follow the example of Mary! There are ten things for a mother to do...

1. A Mother who is a good cook.

(Luke 2:40 (quickview)  KJV) And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Note that Jesus grew. He would not grow without food. In Revelation 2:30 (quickview) , God says that when we open our hearts door to him, that he would sit down and sup with us at the table. May we rededicate our families to sharing suppertime together around the table!

2. A Mother who knows how to discipline her child.

(Luke 2:40 (quickview)  KJV) And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Jesus had a strong spirit. So does every child. A Mother must have a stronger spirit than that of her child. Note that it was Mary who brought the admonition to Jesus about staying behind at Jerusalem. Note that Jesus was "subject" to his parents as he grow up as a child.

Children need to know who is in charge. Take leadership. Use your authority. Discipline your child!

3. A Mother who takes the time to read good books to her child.

(Luke 2:40 (quickview)  KJV) And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Note that Jesus was "filled with wisdom." Don’t let your child become a couch potato. Make him sit down and read to him.. Teach him to sit down and read to himself. Provide for your child to have a good Christian education.

4. A Mother who takes the time to pray with her child.

(Luke 2:40 (quickview)  KJV) And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Note that the "grace of God was upon him." Jesus was perfect. All other children are not. The word "grace" needs to be applied to raising a child.

Mary was always there praying for her son, even at the foot of the cross.

5. A Mother who establishes traditions and guidelines for her child.

(Luke 2:41 (quickview)  KJV) Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

(Luke 2:42 (quickview)  KJV) And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

Note that attending the Passover was a tradition with the household of Mary and Joseph.

Mother’s need to make every holiday, an event special for her children. Thanksgiving would not be thanksgiving without the input of a Mother.

6. A Mother who thrives on making a family for her child to be apart of.

(Luke 2:43 (quickview)  KJV) And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

(Luke 2:44 (quickview)  KJV) But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

In these verses you will note that Jesus grew up surrounded by brothers and sisters, cousins, uncles and aunts, etc.

Because of sin and divorce, today’s children seldom know what it is to be in a real family. A good mother will make decisions that will protect her children by striving to provide for them a good family environment. That means... waiting until you get married before having sex! Note the moral example of Joseph and Mary. She was a virgin at the time of their espousal! To be a good Mother, you will want to provide your children with a good father!


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