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Thanks MOM

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            This morning, I want to take a few minutes and talk to the mothers in our group.

            Have you ever fell unappreciated?  Do you feel sometimes you hard word goes unacknowledged?  Do you sense all your efforts go unrewarded?  Maybe you can relate to Calvin’s mother is this Calvin and Hobbes cartoon.

            Well, on one Mother’s Day, Calvin is pictured standing by his mother’s bed. "Hey, Mom! Wake up. I made you a Mother’s Day card." "My, how sweet of you." she says. "I did it all by myself. Go ahead & read it."

She begins to read: "I was going to buy a card with hearts of pink & red.

But then I thought I’d rather spend the money on me instead.

It’s awfully hard to buy things when one’s allowance is so small.

So I guess you’re pretty lucky I got you anything at all.

Happy Mother’s Day. There, I’ve said it.

Now I’m done.   So how about getting out of bed & fixing breakfast for your son."
Signed, "Calvin."

"I’m deeply moved." said his mother. "Did you notice the part about my allowance?" He asks.

            As mothers am think that may be how you feel sometimes.

            It reminds me of a story I read recently.

            A Junior High science teacher lectured on the properties of magnets for an entire class. The next day he gave his students a quiz. The first question read like this: “My name begins with an “M,” has six letters, and I pick things up. What am I?” Half the kids in the class wrote, “Mother.”

            Just in case you are feeling unappreciated, I would like to say, on behalf of children everywhere, THANK YOU. 

            THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. 

            JOHN 16:21

            21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.

            As we are growing up, we know we can come to you mom, no matter what we have done, or what kind of mess we have made of our lives.  You still love us.  It is impossible to be so bad you will stop loving us. 

  John Killinger wrote:

I believe in the love of all mothers,

     and its importance in the lives of the children they bear.

It is stronger than steel, softer than down,

     and more resilient than a green sapling on the hillside.

It closes wounds, melts disappointments,

     and enables the weakest child to stand tall

     and straight in the fields of adversity.

I believe that this love, even at its best,

     is only a shadow of the love of God,

     a dark reflection of all that we can expect of him,

     both in this life and the next.

And I believe that one of the most beautiful sights

     in the world is a mother who lets this greater love

     flow through her to her child,

     blessing the world with the tenderness of her touch

      and the tears of her joy.

First, we want to say thank you MOM for your unconditional love.

SECOND, WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SETTING CLEAR BOUNDARIES IN OUR LIVES.

PROVERBS 22:6

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it

Look closely at this verse.  The word Train here is the Hebrew word, ḥānaḵ, and in other places in the Old Testament this word is translated dedicate or consecrate.  When Solomon dedicated the Temple in 1 Kings he, ḥānaḵ the temple. 

You might be thinking that is kind of neat to know, but what does it have to do with Mother’s Day, and setting clear boundaries for our children.

Listen to the same verse this time with dedicate or consecrate in the place of train.

Dedicate or consecrate a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Do you see how that word change changes the whole meaning of the sentence?

Training meaning to form by instruction and discipline.

Where dedicate means to commit to a goal or way of life.

As a parent you are to set boundaries for your children so they will grow up to reach the goal or way of life of a Christian Believer.

As a mother, you need to create a fence of protection around your children.  What does a fence do?  It keeps what is important inside, and it keeps what is dangerous outside.

As a mother your children are watching your life.  They draw security from clear boundaries, even if they don’t say it.

They want to know you love them enough to keep them safe.  As a child gets older the fence line move further out until  they become adults and set their own boundaries.

Thank you mom for not short changing us by let us do as we please.  Thank you for the clean boundaries.  Thank you for saying saying NO and sticking to it, no matter how much we complained.  Thank you for not let us run wild.  Thank you for giving us the gifts we need so we can grow up into dedicated Christian men and women.

Ralph Waldo Emerson has said, “Men are what their mothers make them” and an old Spanish proverb says, “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”

THANKS MOM FOR YOUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND FOR SETTING CLEAR BOUNDARIES.

ALSO THANKS MOM FOR SETTING US AN UNSHAKEABLE EXAMPLE.

You are an example of a pure trust in God.  Moms, You are still the significant caregivers. You have an awesome responsibility to nurture these gifts from God we call kids. Although overwhelming at times, parenthood was never meant by God to be undertaken alone. He is your strong ally.

Ruth Bell Graham said, “As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.”

By your life you have taught us to trust God with everything.

You confirm for us that no matter how big the problem may be, God is bigger.

You live a life of trust,

a trust the holds firm during the darkest night,

a trust that hangs on in the roughest storm,

a trust that keep climing up the steepest mountain.

A trust that refuses to give up.

A trust that rejects defeat.

A trust that relishes a challenge.

A trust that rushes to do God’s will.

A trust that replies on the Holy Spirit.

A trust that rest in Jesus Christ.

And for this example of trust, we your children and grandchild, thank you.

We thank you for your unshakeable example of trust.

But, we also thank your unshakeable example of devotion.

A devotion we hope to live out.

Four scholars were arguing over Bible translations. One said he preferred the King James Version because of its beauty and eloquent old English. Another said he liked the New American Standard Version for its literalism and how it moves the reader from passage to passage with confident feelings of accuracy from the original text. The third scholar was sold on the New Living Translation for its use of contemporary phrases and idioms that capture the meaning of difficult ideas. After being quiet for a moment, the fourth scholar admitted: “I have personally preferred my mother’s translation.” When the other scholars started laughing, he said, “Yes, she translated the Scriptures. My mom translated each page of the Bible into life. It is the most convincing translation I have ever read.

What higher praise could a mother receive; you translated the Bible into life.

Again, Thanks MOM.

THANKS MOM FOR YOUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND FOR SETTING CLEAR BOUNDARIES.

ALSO THANKS MOM FOR SETTING US AN UNSHAKEABLE EXAMPLE.

            Amen.

                 

           

           

             

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