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The Advice of a Mother

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The advice of a good mother is priceless.

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A Strong Mother

Malcolm X, civil rights leader, once said the mother is the first teacher of a child, the message she gives that child is the message that child gives the world.
The words of a mother are always remembered. I imagine as you sit in your seat right now and reflect on the woman your mother is you probably remember some things she may have told you in your youth that are applicable today.
When you watch football, baseball, track and field, or basketball. A player might make a big play or score a game winning touchdown and when the camera pans to him in an excited voice he may say “thanks momma, or hey momma we made it”. As vulgar as one may perceive Biggie Smalls, Tupac or Jay-Z to be they have even made songs thanking and glorifying their mothers for all they have done. More recently, Two Chainz, YG and Offset have a song called proud and the reoccurring narrative is “I’m just trying to make my momma proud”.
Here we have in which Solomon reflects on the advice of a loving mother. It is quite dynamic that he devotes the last chapter of Proverbs to the advice of his mother and the blessing of a virtuous woman. Essentially Solomon saves the best for last, some scholars even suggest that these words of advice come from Bathsheba, how she becomes his mother one might judge nonetheless God has a purpose for every mother!

Advice of a Good Mother

The chapter begins with the advice of a good mother. “Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings”.
The word strength in this text means army, faculty, power, strength wealth or competence. We see that this is the mirrored thing that destroyed Samson. Mom, is dropping gems right here.
She made a vow and said, O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.
Simply because giving this away freely destroys the king. Anytime you give what God has blessed you with away freely you end up dining with swine similar to the prodigal son.
The Godly mother raises her children toward God. The name Lemuel actually means “toward God”. But bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Although some scholars assume this to be Solomon, Lemuel is not mentioned much in the bible at all, nonetheless this advice from this mother is monumental to the scriptures.
The Godly mother exclaims that it is not for kings to drink wine, exclaiming that a king mindset one must always be ready to make wise decisions at all time.
Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time-for strength and not for drunkeness.
Kings are built to endure pain without needing a vice to cope. The over indulgence of wine will lead to perversion of justice. Historically pious women of Jerusalem would offer wine to those being crucified to deaded the pain. See King Jesus deal with the crucifixion, they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.
A mother knows that in raising a King there are some things you need a clear mind for in order to withstand.
Understand this advice is brought to fruition, the women Solomon’s mother told him to stay away from were the cause of Kingdom being split.
She encourages the King to speak up, be fair, and serve those who are disenfranchised.
Open your mouth for the mute
Push for rights of all of the unfortunate
Speak and be fair
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous
You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.

Momma is Always There For You

We even see that Jesus, needed his mother. People know when you have been raised by a great woman. When Jesus stands up to the Pharisees in While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You were nursed.
We need to celebrate the wonderful mothers holding it down for their children. I thank God for my momma, who never let excuses get in the way of expecting her sons to do what God asked. Sleepless nights can stop a great mother, insufficient funds can’t stop a great mother, when you are hungry and you think there is nothing to eat and a mother makes a 9 course meal, praise God for you!
Thank God for women like Sarah who even in old age was a great mother.
Thank God for Jochebed, who had the faith to protect moses and protect him right into the hands of Pharaoh’s daughter.
Thank God for Elizabeth who heeded the instructions of God even when her husband wouldn’t.
Thank God Naomi who took Ruth as her own daughter during the famine and the death of her husband and her sons.
Thank God for the faith of Lois and Eunice who raised Timothy in the admonition of the Lord to help him become the minister and man of God that blessed the people at Ephesus.
Thank God for praying mothers like Hannah, for never giving up on God and bringing a great prophet like Samuel into this world.
Thank God for Mary, who sacrificed her own life to carry the life of our savior! To put her reputation on the line as a virgin to carry the son of God and be there for him when no one else was.
The Kingdom Woman is a Mother that expects greatness. I’m reminded of my mother, “Even when you make a 99 there is one percent you need to work on”. I remember her digging through her purse to scrounge up change so we could eat Jumbo Jacks after Wednesday night bible class. I remember her having to be at work early in the morning and referee games late at night just to come home and do homework after staying up have the night waiting on us to come home. A mother that never was too tired to console us when we were heartbroken, or never too tired to sit on the edge of the bed and tell us what the bible said. Thank God for a praying mother! Thank God for that blessing.
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