Salute to Mothers

Recently I was reminded by my mother that there are many types of “Mothers” in one’s life. Your Mother has a mom.  In my mother’s case, she had a mom, a step-mom, and most recently has an adopted mother.Myself have had several mother figures in my life. I have had a mom, a couple foster moms, and two motherly figures that were there when nobody else was.

Parents, step back just for a second and think of all the children that have passed through your life. How many of you have somebody else’s child refer to you as Mom?

This message is for all Mother’s and this week we celebrate mothers past, present & future. Lets us reflect on the fifth commandment from Exodus 20:12 telling us to “Honor thy Father and Mother”. This is a chain reaction because mothers must honor and obey their mothers and the chain continues.

A mother is defined as a woman in relation to her child or children. What this definition does not portray is the characteristic traits of a mother. We are going to look at these as well as compare them to mothers of the bible.

1. They have a positive attitude.

Proverbs 31:25-31

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with 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 call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all,” Proverbs 31:25-31

My memories surround my mother as she always had a positive attitude not only as a mother, but this is a good quality as a teacher.

2 Samuel 11

Bathsheba, a victim of lust by King David where they had an affair. To cover up the affair, the King sent her husband to war to be killed and this happens.  However, the King was confronted, and he repented bitterly.  Meanwhile, a son was born from the affair and Solomon turned out to be a peaceful ruler whose wisdom became legendary.

2.  They exhibit creativity.

Genesis 1:27

 “So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them,” Genesis 1:27

Exodus 2:1-10

Jochebed was very creative. She lived in an era where the King ordered all baby boys were to be killed. When she gave birth to her son, she put into action of a plan where she would get hired to be a nanny to her son while he was growing up. Then when was old enough to come live with her at which time she would adopt him.

3.  They have an ability to inspire.

Proverbs 22:6

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it,” Proverbs 22:6

As I take in the crowds at a local Upwards basketball game, I can see and hear mothers inspiring their children to strive and take the extra step where needed.

Ruth 4

Ruth, who was the daughter-in-law of Naomi. Naomi heard that the land that she had fled earlier was blessed with food again. Ruth decided that she would stay with Naomi and whatever she decided to do. Naomi continued to inspire Ruth till she married Boaz and they had a child. The child was named Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David who would be king. (Ruth 4:17)

4.  They have a sense of loyalty.

Galatians 4:4

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,” Galatians 4:4

Tell me what Mother that isn’t loyal to their children but should also be loyal to God. Yes, I know there are some mothers that may not be loyal but that is another message another day.

Judges 13

A barren woman married to Manoah but was unable to conceive according to Judges 13.  A mother who received instructions from an angel and followed them to the letter gave birth to Samson. The Lord blessed him. Although some of his actions were questionable, the Lord used him mightily in His plan to defeat the Philistines.

5.  They have all. The. Patience.

Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart,” Hebrews 4:12

I know of a young lady the have seven children of their own and a few that have adopted her from time to time but I never see her lose cool and she always looks like nothing has ever happened.

Genesis 21

Throughout the Book of Genesis, we read different bits about Sarai who was married to Abraham but was unable to bare any children. (Genesis 11:30) Chapter 15 tells us that God made a promise to Abraham. The couple waited fifteen years where God renewed his promise and finally ten years later in Chapter 21 he fulfilled his promise.

6.  They have determination.

2 Timothy 4:7

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” 2 Timothy 4:7

Again, referring to the mother I mentioned with seven of her own above. This mother shows determination to make sure that every child is where they are supposed to be, housework completed, time for the husband, and still manage to be in church every Sunday.

Genesis 16

Hagar became a maid servant to Sarai who was married to Abraham. Hagar was instructed to sleep with Abraham to produce a child as Sarai was unable to do so. She birthed a young boy she named Ishmael.  There was arguments between Hagar and Sarai, so Hagar left but an angel told her to return.

We learned in Genesis 21 that Hagar and Ishmael were sent away to the desert where they thought they would die.  God led her to a well. God instructed them, they followed his instructions and God blessed them as he promised.

7.  They’re trustworthy.

1 Corinthians 4:2

“Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy,” 1 Corinthians 4:2

Mothers, have you ever told your children that you were going to do something or that something was going to happen, and it didn’t? Not a pretty sight.

1 Samuel 1:5-2:10

Hannah is one of two wives married to the same man. We learn that God has closed Hannah’s womb allowing the rival wife to provoke Hannah regularly. Hannah prayed daily to God promising God that she would give her son to God if he lived, and no razor would ever touch his head.

The Lord answered Hannah’s prayer and she gave birth to a baby boy she named Samuel. Hannah kept her promise and when Samuel was old enough she took him present him to Eli. Samuel went on to lead the people of Israel and anointing Israel’s first and second kings – Saul & David.

8.  They have serious communication skills.

James 1:19

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger,” James 1:19

Apart from the fact that my Mom was a teacher which led all of us to better communication or well at least grammar. I still have visions at the look on Mother’s face when she started to silently count to three on her fingers.

Luke 1

Elizabeth was married to Zechariah the priest. They were righteous before God, but Elizabeth was childless. As well they were getting up in age. In this day however, people would assume sin prevented them from having a child reflecting badly on the priest.  Eventually God answered their prayers and Elizabeth became pregnant.  But Zechariah doubted this would happen and was struck mute during the pregnancy.  Elizabeth miraculously had a boy and she named him John. John would go on to baptize people from their sins with water. He would prepare the way for the Messiah.

9.  They practice and promote honesty.

 Proverbs 12:22

“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight,” Proverbs 12:22

Okay, so moms do tell little white lies — like about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny or the tooth fairy — but in the end, honesty is always the best policy.

Genesis 25, 27

Rebekah was a faithful woman who married and became pregnant. She could feel the babies jostling within her and she asked God why this was happening.  He told her that she had twins. The boys were named Esau and Jacob.  Isaac became old and told Esau to hunt and prepare food that he could receive his blessing.  However, Rebekah told Jacob to bring her food and she would prepare it and Jacob would receive the blessing instead of Esau. Rebekah risked deception to follow God’s promise, and His plan unfolded exactly as He had told her. Later her son Jacob would wrestle with God and be given a new name, Israel.

10.  They take responsibility.

Galatians 6:5

“For each will have to bear his own load,” Galatians 6:5

Although my father was an officer in the military, my mother was the general around our house.

Luke 1:26-38

We all know the story how baby Jesus was born. Mary treasured the many blessings as she raised Jesus, but she also realized that she had to sacrifice her son as would have to sacrifice himself for mankind,

Even while He was dying, Jesus cared for His mother and gave her a new son to love her. Mary was blessed among women, for she was chosen by God to bear His Son and raise Him. Though there was death there was yet joy for Mary, as her son did not stay dead. He rose again from the grave, securing eternity for her and all who would believe.

Now when we started this message off we stated that this was about Mothers past, present and future. Well we talked about Mothers present, and the past we studied ten different mothers from the bible.  The future, well that has not happened yet but what was discussed here is a great starting point for you future mothers.

A joke that was recently passed on to me. A little boy writes a note to his mom saying that if it wasn’t for him, she wouldn’t get to celebrate Mother’s Day.  He says he will wait in the living room for his gift.  This young boy is so correct.  Without God’s graces, you may not be a mother just another one of God’s children.

Today we celebrate all mothers. Lord we thank you for these wonderful Moms today, those with us and those that are not.  Thank you for their love, commitment, understanding, and their persistence to keep us on track.  God, we owe this all to you.  Ladies we stand and salute you – this is your day.

And all Gods people repeat after me, “Mom I Love you”.

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