Mothers Day 070513
May 13, 2007
Top 10 Things Mom Would Never Say
1. "How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?"
2. "Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too."
3. "Just leave all the lights on . . . it makes the house look more cheery."
4. "Let me smell that shirt -- Yeah, it's good for another week."
5. "Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I'll be glad to feed and walk him every day."
6. "Well, if Timmy's mom says it's OK, that's good enough for me."
7. "The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It's not like I'm running a prison around here."
8. "I don't have a tissue with me . . . just use your sleeve."
9. "Don't bother wearing a jacket -- the wind-chill is bound to improve."
10. “Let’s just have candy and soda pop for dinner tonight.”
Here's how several elementary school students answered the following questions about moms:
Why did God make mothers?
• She's the only one who knows where the Scotch tape is.
• Mostly to clean the house.
• To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
• He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
• Magic, plus superpowers and a lot of stirring.
• God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
• God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world. . .and one dab of mean.
• They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
• We're related.
• God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.
What is a Mother?
By Fred Kruse
Somewhere between the Youthful Energy of a teenager and the golden years of a woman’s life, there lives a marvelous and loving person known as “Mother”
A mother is a curious mixture of patience, kind ness, understanding, discipline, industriousness, purity and love.
A mother can be at one and the same time, both “lovelorn counselor” to a heartsick daughter, and “head football coach” to an athletic son.
A mother can sew the tiniest stitch in the material for that dainty prom dress and she is equally experienced in threading through the heaviest traffic with a station wagon.
A mother is the only creature on earth who can cry when she’s happy, laugh when she’s heartbroken, and work when she’s feeling ill.
A mother is as gentle as a lamb and as strong as a giant. Only a mother can appear so weak and helpless and yet be the same one who puts the jar lid on so tightly even Dad can’t get it off.
A mother is a picture of helplessness when Dad is near, and a marvel of resourcefulness when she’s all alone.
A mother has the angelic voice of a member in the celestial choir as she sings Brahms lullaby to a babe held tight in her arms; yet this same voice can dwarf the sound of an amplifier when she calls her boys in for supper.
A mother has the fascinating ability to be almost everywhere at once and she alone can somehow squeeze an enormous amount of living in to an average day.
A mother is “old fashioned” to her teenager; just “Mom” to her third-grader; and simply “Mama” to little two-year old sister.
But there is no greater thrill in life, than to point to that wonderful woman and be able to say to all the world, “That’s my mother!”
What Do We Hear from a Godly Woman?
Acts 16:11-15 (NLT)
11 We boarded a boat at Troas and sailed straight across to the island of Samothrace, and the next day we landed at Neapolis. 12 From there we reached Philippi, a major city of that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. And we stayed there several days. 13 On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there. 14 One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. [worship] As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. 15 She was baptized along with other members of her household, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am faithful to the Lord,” [faithful] she said, “come [inviting] and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed.” [Persistence]
2 Timothy 1:3-6 (NLT)
3 Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again. 5 I remember your genuine faith, [this is what is referred to as a legacy] for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. [a legacy is what has been handed down from someone before you, it is passed down] And I know that same faith continues strong in you. [the question becomes what is it that you do with it?] 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.”
If you are successful, it becomes possible for you to leave an inheritance for others. But if you desire to create a legacy, then you need to leave something in others. When you think unselfishly and invest in others, you gain the opportunity to create a legacy that will outlive you.
John Maxwell, Thinking for a Change (Warner Books, 2002