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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Lessons From the First Mom

Ephesians 6:2 (NIV)
“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

7 Advantages of Being the 1st Mom
  1. No "in-laws!"
  2. No one to be compared to (Eve never heard, "Johnny's mother...")
  3. No bad culture or influences to fight against
  4. No birthdays (of your own) to celebrate (perpetually 29 and                holding!)
  5. You hold the title, "World's Best Mom" for decades!
  6. You will have a family tree like no other mother!
  7. More Grandkids than you can count!

7 Disadvantages of Being the1st Mom
  1. No mother of your own to seek advice from
  2. No manual or parenting books for raising children
  3. No Grandparents to babysit the kids
  4. Large family -- whether you wanted one or not
      ("Be fruitful and MULTIPLY!")
  5. You're the 1st to have to deal with snakes
      (We all know how bad that turned out!)
  6. You are blamed for every mother's pain (childbirth)
  7. You are blamed for EVERYTHING that has gone wrong for...well       basically for all of human history!

The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in West Virginia in 1912. Mothers were to be recognized as an important part of our culture and lives. The heart of a mother is like a rare jewel. They love their children during the worst and best of times.

Yet all mothers are not the same. Author and speaker Patsy Clairmont says, “Normal is just a setting on your clothes dryer.” We are all different. She shared that as women we may “struggle, fail, start over, and celebrate.” But we are mothers who can love unlike any other person.

A familiar mother’s day poem written in the early 1900’s is:

M is for the Many things she gave me,
O means only that she's growing Old.
T is for the Tears she shed to save me,
H is for her Heart of purest gold.
E is for her Eyes with love light shining,
R means Right and Right she'll always be.

Put them all together, they spell MOTHER.
A word that means the world to me.

God created families and gave mothers a unique place in that unit. They can love, give of themselves, cook, clean, wash clothes, put Band-Aids on scrapes … be the first one up in the morning or the last one down at night. They juggle a lot of things including raising children, working at jobs, managing a home, and sometimes finding time for themselves.

Each day is a new beginning of what lies before us. We have destiny, purpose, and the power to do and be all that we are called to be. Mothers are the one that help us each become the best that we can be. Pray for your mother today, that they may find the strength to face each day knowing that God loves them.

Dear Lord, we pray that our mother and family will always choose to serve You, and that our hearts will forever be knit together in love. Thank You for our mom today and every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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