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Exodus 20:12 NASB95
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
Both Father and Mother mentioned as the Lord purposes to honor both.
Notice that after God describes the purpose that you and I were designed for, worshipping and respecting Him, He then turns to honor parents. Parents are designed to pass on godly values.
At a time when other cultures minimized women, the Lord put them on an equal Pedestal. Honor given to both positions of Father and Mother.
Kavad: Great weight, worthiness. worth their weight in gold. There used to be a commercial typically in a restaurant with conversations all around. Then one person would speak to a friend. All other conversations stopped and people bent their ears towards that one person. “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.”
. God expects mom’s to honor Him and as they speak, he expects them to point their kids to Him
Claud King shared that he has found men when a healthy home life as a child have an easier time with connecting with God as Father. He has found the converse to be true, where brokenness in the family is found, men in particular have a harder time connecting with God as Father.
Many times though these men find guidance from their mother to seek out that relationship. There is something about womanhood in particular that sees beyond task to connection.
Parents and especially mother’s give the personal touch children need to have a healthy perspective.
Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves. Charles Stanley Read more at:
The first command with a promise!
Somethings can only be understood in time and experience. Children will never fully understand all the blessings and power god passes on through godly parents.
God basically says to children, why honor mom and dad, “Because I said so. You will not comprehend all mom does for you until you are older and a parent yourself.”
Proverbs 31 NASB95
The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him: What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink, For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter. Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more. Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong. She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen. Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: “Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.
Proverbs 31
Mothers seek to Provide more than they experienced.

When mothers thrive, we all thrive.

– May 04, 2017
Posted by Emma Goldman
Shaima, a mother of seven, lives in Afghanistan, home to one of the most violent conflicts in the world. She is among that 70 percent of the world’s poor who, as a girl, was denied the opportunity to go to school. Her life has been framed by more than three decades of war and, as a woman, systematic and at times brutal oppression. 
Two years ago, Shaima was illiterate and her children were unable to attend school. Today, she owns her own tailoring business, employing 50 women in her community, and her children are back in the classroom where they belong.
This is what is possible when we invest in mothers and their ability to become drivers of change in their communities.
We first met Shaima after a door to door campaign led by a local partner agency to identify women like Shaima – the most impoverished, vulnerable and highest risk women and children.  For a year, along with 150 other women, Shaima and her school-aged children were enrolled in a combination program that provided literacy and skills training, counseling, and early childhood education so she didn’t have to worry about their care during the day.  The men in her family were involved too, ensuring that women’s participation was socially accepted. 
After a year of comprehensive training, Shaima received a loan for her new tailoring business.  The first person she hired was her husband, and she taught him how to use a sewing machine.  She enrolled her children in school and is now fully literate. 
With the money she made in the first year, Shaima bought more machines and hired more women and trained them herself.  Today, Shaima has fifty employees and is an influential woman in her community.
For every success story like Shaima’s, there are millions of mothers in conflict zones around the world without an education or the opportunity to create a better life for themselves or their families. That’s why this Mother’s Day, we’re asking YOU to be part of our community of supporters and help us empower mothers like Shaima.
Because when mothers thrive, we all thrive.
Mother’s due honor because The Lord gives them great responsibility.
Children come to the world with incredible potential. All of God’s image wrapped up in them.
A Handbook on Exodus b. The Ten Commandments (20:1–17)

Honor your father and mother means more than simply to obey your parents. This commandment was addressed primarily to adults, and the word for honor means “to give weight or dignity to,” in the sense of “Respect” (20:12 TEV). It is significant that both father and mother are listed here, for the Israelite culture was male oriented. Since this gives equal importance to the mother, one should not translate “parents.”

That means “so that,” or “in order that.” This introduces a promise rather than a reason, as in the preceding commandment. (See Eph 6:2–3.) That your days may be long is literally “so that your [singular] days will lengthen.” This means “so that you may live a long time” (20:12 TEV) or “may live a long life” (NAB). This expression is used repeatedly in Deuteronomy in the sense of enjoying

“Honour thy father,” the commandment says, but only if he does not separate you from your true Father. Recognize the tie of blood but only so long as your parent recognizes his Creator. Should he fail to do so, David will sing to you: “hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people and thy father’s house. So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty, for he is thy Lord.”6 Great is the prize offered for the forgetting of a parent, “the king shall desire thy beauty.” You have heard, you have considered, you have inclined your ear, you have forgotten your people and your father’s house; therefore the king shall desire your beauty and shall say to you:—“thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.” What can be fairer than a soul which is called the daughter of God,8 and which seeks for herself no outward adorning. She believes in Christ, and, dowered with this hope of greatness10 makes her way to her spouse; for Christ is at once her bridegroom and her Lord.

The New American Commentary: Exodus Fifth Word/Commandment: Honor Father and Mother (20:12)

This commandment is thus like the one that precedes it in linking the requirement to an action of God: As God rested on the creation Sabbath, so individual Israelites must do so each week in their own families; as God promises to take care of his dependents, Israel, for a long time in the promised land, so individual Israelites must take care of their dependent parents for a long time, as necessary, in their own families. The prior commandment looks back on the creation Sabbath, whereas the present commandment looks forward to the nation’s tenure in the land of promise. There is not promise here of individually long life spans. Rather the promise refers to God’s protection of his covenant people if and as long as they keep his covenant.

We so often individualize these commandments. Certainly this commandment has direct application for the home. However, God first connects the sum of a nation’s health and longevity with the working together of the family unit. Caring for Children who then care for their parents. then a nation that is full of caring people who care for each other.
Mother’s Day is a day you get to show your mom (or the mother of your children) how grateful you are that she is in your life. Don’t waste the opportunity. By the way, there are many more than ten reasons, but that was all I could fit in this blog.
If it weren’t for your mom, you wouldn’t be breathing right now. If nothing else, you should thank her for that.
Mother’s teach us to Connect with Care:
Father’s tend to put more energy into doing tasks and fixing things. Mother’s give us the connection to the human element.
Have you ever noticed that most of the “why” do good things or bad things happen tend to come back to the “us”. Rather than just a
Mothers are the emotional backbones of the family. They provide the holding place for everyone’s feelings and do their best to keep us from being hurt.Who would kiss your boo-boos to make it all better if she weren’t around? Mothers have the magic touch (and kiss) to help us heal our wounds, physical and emotional.
Truly, our mothers worked hard and made sacrifices, so our lives would be better. There are not a lot of people willing to do that, so let her know you appreciate it.Mothers are forgiving—so forgive her in return. Perhaps nothing will be as valuable a gift to both of you as forgiveness. Open your heart and drop your resentments. Now that’s love.When you want to climb the tallest mountain, your mother will make your lunch for you. She is the one who will support your dreams when no one else will. She will also remind you to wear clean underwear.Her boundaries made you a better person. You may not have liked some of her decisions, especially when you wanted to party with your friends, but she did keep you out of trouble. Look at some of your friends without a mom who has cared that much.A mother’s ears and eyes hear and see everything. They also have a computer-like memory for all the good (and some of the bad) that came your way. It’s nice to have someone with whom you can reminisce about your whole life.Mom taught you to be a functioning adult. That was her job, and without that, making it through the modern world would be very hard. Your mom may have forced you to do your homework, but now you see how important it was.
10. A mother’s smile, when it is directed toward you, makes your day a whole lot better. All she needs is to know that she has helped you to be and feel your best. Say thank you.
As with most holidays, Mother’s Day comes only once a year. Make it special for her, and it will come back to you. There is something beyond words to express to the person who helped you to walk and talk, who gave you your first puppy, who helped you with school, and who gave you all the love she possibly could. Show her you care by acknowledging her value in your life. And if you don’t have your mom around, take someone who is like a mother to you out for brunch.
Job description:
POSITION: Mom, Mommy, Mammy, Mama, Ma Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pop
Long term, energetic team players needed, for challenging permanent work in a busy and often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.Successful candidates are given a few hours sleep per night for the first few years increasing to more as you remain in the position. Even during sleeping time, successful candidates should be able to wake up and resume normal duty at a seconds notice.There are 'bathroom breaks' permitted but these will be accompanied by small people. Be prepared to answer any questions they may ask while doing this task.Some overnight travel required, including trips to basic camping sites accompanied by large responsibility on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway towns and villages. Travel expenses will never be reimbursed. Extensive and repetitive courier duties also required.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs a fiver. Must be willing to bite your tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a lion and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small toy repair and stubborn zips. Must maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have the ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, and an embarrassment the next. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the building.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
WAGES AND COMPENSATION: None! You pay! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when clients they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. The strangest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life. There is one day per year allocated for you (it is marked in the calendar as Mother's Day or Father’s Day)
Ability to get through the day on less than three hours' sleep (please note sleep will likely be broken up)Proficient in the alphabet (preferably an ability to sing it)Ability to carry out repetitive tasks without complaintExpert at one handed tasks.Fluency in nursery rhymes and be flexible to touch heads, shoulders, knees and toes!Have a fond love of cold teaDetailed knowledge of all Disney charactersKnowledge of all the words to 'Let it Go'Ability to stay silent and composed upon stepping on Lego barefoot
PROGRESSION:As you progress you will become proficient in the skills required to find objects that no one else canYou will become an expert in conflict resolutionYou will advance in your levels of patience
Today God allows us the powerful reminder that “MOM” Turned Upside Down Is WOW!
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