LIFE IN THE FAMILY, Mother’s Day on Mother’s

A MOTHER’S DAY TALK ON MOTHER’S DAY

“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

INTRODUCTION:

You are probably in shock. An actual Mother’s Day talk!!  I have served in many churches in my pastoral career, but seldom have I heard a Mother’s Day Talk on Mother’s Day!!!

  • As I was preparing this message, I realized there are only a few Bible stories about Moms.  However, there are great verses on Wives that definitely apply to Moms!

“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.” Proverbs 31:26-27

  • Certainly there is much we can say about mothers, many stories we can tell; and what I have to say is  something that I think is important and powerful.

I. Appreciation

”Give respect and honor” Romans 13:7

“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies…Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:” Proverbs 31:10,28

1. Two Powerful Mothers:

  • Jochebed, No Doubt the story of about a Great Mom. Jochebed was the mother of Moses and she was powerful. What a wonderful story of a mother’s love and sacrifice for her son. Jochebed placed Moses in the river to save him. (Exodus 2:3)
  • Hannah, The Mother of Samuel is also a great story! She dedicated Samuel to the Lord and God honored her request by using him in ministry. (1 Samuel 1)

2. The Husbands Role:

  1. The Husband is to Honor his wife,

“In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives.” 1 Peter 3:7

  • What does it mean to “honor our wives” – to give them proper recognition on Mother’s Day only?

?  Honor means much more…love her, provide for her, learn together, help each other, make life better for her…

  1. The Husband is to Love his wife , “Each man must love his wife as he loves himself” Ephesians 5:33

? Husbands can struggle with who, or what, to love!!

  1. Today, husbands, let’s give appreciation to the mother of our children, but let us do it in deed and not in word only.

…I believe God’s area of accountability for a husband begins in the home-with the wife, the mother of his children.

  • Before your Career, before your TV involvement Before your Church, before anything else, the wife is to be the center of Our attention.
  • How easy it is for us men to sometimes forget important days of the year. If you want to get into big trouble, forget a birthday or an anniversary…or a day like Mother’s Day!

ILLUS: One morning as a woman woke up and saw her husband getting ready to leave for work she said, with a big smile on her face, ”Honey, I’ll bet you do not know what day this is.” Her husband had a hard time remembering birthdays and anniversaries, but since he was about to leave for work he excused himself from the embarrassing situation by walking out of the door while saying, ”Honey, how could I ever forget. This is the best day of our lives.”

All during the day he kept trying to remember what month and what day his wife’s birthday was, and when their anniversary was, but he could not remember. The day wore on and it was getting close to time to get off from work and he knew he was going to have to go home and face his wife not knowing what made this day so special. He finally thought of a plan to save his hide. He rushed into the house and said, ”Honey, get your best dress on. We are going to paint the town and celebrate this outstanding day in our lives!”

While she was getting ready he rushed down to the florist and bought her a lovely bouquet of flowers. He took her to the most expensive restaurant in town. He had spent $150.00 to celebrate the day, and he still did not even know what he was celebrating.

It was on the way home that he finally discovered what day it was. His wife snuggled real close to him, placed her arm around his shoulder, planted a soft kiss on his cheek and said, ”Honey, this is the best Ground Hog Day we have ever enjoyed together.’’

  • On a more serious note, what does it mean to honor our wives-to give them proper recognition on Mother’s Dad? Let me begin by saying, recognition is not for just one day of the year, but for every day of the year.

…let’s give appreciation to the mother of our children, but let us do it in deed and not in word only.

II. Affirmation

“If you honor your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Eph 6:3

  1. 1.Let me speak to you CHILDREN for a moment. Children of every age, let me ask you, do you give your mother the proper respect and honor she deserves?
  1. I don’t mean just today–Mother’s Day, I mean yesterday, last week–all through the year. If your mom were asked to come and share with us a testimony about your respect and love for her, what would she say?
  2. Would you make her proud, or would she be embarrassed and not able to say anything positive?
  1. 2. Let me give you this thought: You have only One mother, you will never have another like her…love her and respect her and obey her while she is here…

ILLUS: Love this Mother’s Day poem by Herbert Farnham

“Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16

III. achievement

“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.  She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.”   Proverbs 31:26-27

Think about the resourcefulness of a mother…

? A Mother: Makes , Mends, Moderates, & Mentors

She makes lunches, dinners, rice krispies, rules, order, castles, threats, vacations, promises, rabbit suits for Halloween…

She mends broken dishes, broken hearts, trouser knees, hurt noses, hurt feelings, torn jackets and torn relationships

She moderates in times of family war, in times of attacks from the enemy or neighbor, in times of strife, in times of injustice…

She mentors how to button buttons, how to say a prayer, how to hold a knife and fork, how to hang up clothes….        by D.Rodgers

IV. ALL IN

Mother’s have a great opportunity to Impact their children throughout their lives.  They can influence them like no one else.  Let’s look at some goals for that influence to happen!!

1. Mother’s, teach your children the Bible

If the Bible gets taught, it will not happen in the public school. It will either happen at church or in our homes

“Call them all together—men, women, children, and the foreigners living in your towns—so they may hear this Book of Instruction…Do this so that your children who have not known these instructions will hear them and will learn to fear the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 31:12,13

“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.” – The Apostle Paul (2 Tim 1:5)

  1. 2. Mothers, be an example to your childreN

“Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.”              1 Corinthians 16:13

? Children learn by example. Give them a Godly example!

? Your spiritual life must be consistent, if you want the same for your kids.

? Children know the difference in whether or not we are sincere in our walk with Christ. And let me add, it will have an everlasting effect on them one way or the other.

  1. 3. Mothers, Put God first in your family,
  • don’t let the World take you away from what really matters. 

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else…” Matthew 6:33

4. Mothers, Tell your children about Jesus

  • Tell them that Jesus loves them. Tell them, and explain to them, that Jesus died for them. Tell them about heaven and how we get there. Lead your children to Christ.
  • Make it Clear to them that Jesus is Real!

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