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Reminders to Bless Mothers

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I. Remember your high calling

2 Timothy 1:5 NIV
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
Timothy’s father was an unbelieving Gentile: Acts 16:3
Acts 16:3 NIV
Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
Colossians 1:28 NIV
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.
Galatians 4:19 NIV
My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,
1 Thessalonians 2:8 NIV
so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.
“Motherhood is a life on life transfer . . . .” —John Piper

II. Remember that your identity and joy is rooted in Jesus Christ

You’re first and foremost a child of God. Not a mother, wife, etc.
Child of God (Ro 8)
Chosen of God (
Saint
Slave of righteousness
Forgiven of all your sin
Righteous in the sight of God
Temple indwelled by the Spirit
New person in Christ
Citizen of heaven
Inseparable from God’s love
Possess the surpassing power of God
Every blessing in Christ
All circumstances orchestrated for your good
Philippians 4:4 NIV
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Find your joy in the Lord.

III. Remember the power of God’s word to save and sanctify

2 Timothy 3:15 NIV
and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Romans 1:16 NIV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Romans 10:17 NIV
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
It is a sword that pierces (Heb 4:12).
It is a mirror that reveals (James 1:23).
It is a seed that germinates and regenerates (1 Peter 1:23).
It is milk that nourishes (1 Peter 2:2–3).
It is a light that shines (Ps 19:8).
It is a fire that consumes (Jer 23:29).
It is a hammer that shatters (Jer 23:9).
“You are more likely to grow an oak tree by planting marbles than you are to grow a Christian apart from the Word of God.” —Steve Lawson
Make sure your parenting is saturated in Bible.
It’s not primarily a formula or curriculum. It’s your heart and life filled with the Bible.
Do it winsomely and in little bitesized portions. Don’t beat them over the head with it.
“One sinner telling another sinner where to find the bread.”

IV. Remember to parent by faith, not by sight

A common response is that this is not working.
Parenting must not be shortsighted; it must be longsighted.
In Luke 5 Jesus said, “Put out your nets . . . .”
Keep letting down the nets.
Don’t let Satan keep you down when you sin. Repent. Go to the gospel.
Expectation of perfection or near-perfection is cancer to a marriage and a family.

V. Remember your utter dependence upon God

Trying to be a mother without the Spirit is like trying to push an SUV without air in the tires.
John 15:4 NIV
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Family Time Encouragement for Moms

Gather in the living room and have a sharing time using the following questions and let your mom soak in the encouragement of your discussion!
What character qualities do you appreciate most about your mother? Each child share at least one thing.
List the tasks (this is a long list) that she routinely performs to serve you and your family. How do you (or can you) assist her in doing these things?
What do you think are your mother’s biggest challenges? What things tend to discourage her as a mother? How can you/we help offset this?
What kinds of attitudes, words, behavior, and habits in your life bring your mother the most joy? How can you improve in these areas?
Share some of your favorite memories of time spent with your mother. These can be “small” or “big” things. When you are an adult, what things do you think you will miss and look back on with fondness as you grew up under your mother’s care?
What would you like to say a special “thank you” for to your mother?
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