|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Be smart, be strategic”
Our Bible verse for today: “Don’t let your beauty consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and wearing gold jewelry, but rather what is inside the heart – the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For in the past, the holy women who put their hope in God also adorned themselves in this way.” 1 Peter 3:3-5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Thank God for godly mothers”
When it came to being smart and strategic, my mom had it down to a science. She raised six kids in a very small house and on a very small income. My dad worked long hours as a common laborer in a smelting and refinery plant, and then he worked a part-time job in the evenings stocking shelves in a grocery store, just to earn enough to keep us all housed, clothed, and fed.
But my mom was the one who worked the magic of stretching every dollar, keeping us all clean and clothed and fed, and maintaining some semblance of order in the home – two adults, six kids, three cats, a dog, and a duck all in a small house! (The duck split her time between a pen in the backyard and long soaks in the bathtub).
But the characteristic of my mom that stood out through all those years, and which endures all these years later, was her godliness. She was the woman Peter was writing about in 1 Peter 3:3-5 (above). She was unconcerned with things like fashion, trips to the beauty shop, ornate jewelry, or other outward things to enhance beauty that women sometimes focus on excessively. Her primary concern was for matters of the heart. She loved the Lord and she lived like it – and she taught that faith to her children.
My mom went home to heaven in April of 2012. Three weeks after her death I observed the first Mother’s Day of my life without my mother being present for me to honor. So, instead, in her honor, I preached a sermon based upon 1 Peter 3:3-5 entitled “What Makes a Woman Truly Beautiful?” I then turned that sermon into an essay with the same title. Although it was written with my mother in mind, it pertains to all godly women down through the ages. If you would like a copy of that essay let me know and I would be happy to send it to you.
On this Mother’s Day 2022 I would like to wish all of the mothers out there a happy and blessed Mother’s Day. We love you and we appreciate you. Thank God for godly mothers!
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