Mother’s Day 2018
Why Did Mom Say That?
Psalm 139: 13; Proverbs 6: 20
Introduction: Joyce Meyer – Facebook Clip https://www.facebook.com/joycemeyerministries/videos/10155479809992384/
As I was thinking about this year’s Mother’s Day message, I kept coming back to some of the things my mom said as I was growing. Things like:
And then that got me thinking that your moms would have certainly had things they said during your growing up years as well:
So here are a few from your fellow church members:
My mom’s big one was, “If there is a will, there is a way”
Bill’s mother frequently would say “And that is why…” My mother’s frequent response was “Ask your Dad” That was when we wanted to do something, he in turn would tell us to ask her. By the time someone agreed we could do it, we felt guilty for asking and wasn’t sure we still wanted too.
“You don’t lie and you don’t steal.” Wish the world followed this!
At meal time my mom would always say “Everything is better when it is shared”.
“Take an aspirin. You’ll be fine. Now go to school!”
A devout woman of God was my mother. Her entire life was spent in service to her Lord. Here time and talents were given wholeheartedly, preaching, teaching and encouraging people to surrender their lives to the Savior she loved so very much.
So I’m sure it isn’t unusual that I would remember these words she would say so often to me:
“Honey, I hope you never miss an opportunity to testify for the Lord.”
And with God’s help, I never will!
Now most of the time, moms are right on in the advice they give. However, Marti’s mom missed on at least one of her “momisms”
At the beginning of sophomore year at Anderson College, Marti decided to get her hair cut short (she had had long hair since her junior high years)…
What was her mom’s reaction when she cut her hair? Marti, men like long hair!
But I have to tell you her mom was wrong…picture of Marti on Screen…this was her hair length when I asked her out the first time! And yes, I did marry up!
So why do…or why did, our mom say all the things they say/said?
I think they began thinking about the things they would say to us before we were ever born.
Psalm 139: 13 (on screen) reminds us of this truth: You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Your journey, according to the Word of God, began with your mother at conception. God already had in mind your personality and physical features. While you were being formed, your mom carried you in her womb. She wondered what sex you would be…She wondered what you would look like…what your personality would be like…what your future would hold.
Before you were born, your mom was already formulating the things she would say to you. Words of encouragement and love…words of discipline and nurturing…And then there were the things their mother said to them that they swore to themselves that they would never say to their own child! But they just can’t/couldn’t help themselves!
I believe much of what moms formulate in their hearts and minds as they think about raising their child(ren) comes about during the stages of pregnancy. As I have absolutely know idea what it is like to be pregnant, I looked for some insight from a mother. This was this mother assessment of the stages of pregnancy…
Moms, can you identify with those stages?
While you were being formed in your mother’s womb, your mom was formulating not only what she would say to you…but what she would also teach you. What she wanted you to know to have a safe, productive life!
And God’s Word makes it clear that we should listen to our mother’s instructions:
My son, obey your father’s commands,
and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. (Proverbs 6: 20)
This proverb reminds us that our mother’s instruction is to be heeded…not neglected. Now moms aren’t perfect and even when they mean well the things they say to us may come across judgmental or uncaring. But I’ve never known a mom (in most cases) that didn’t want the best for their child…That didn’t want their child to grow up to be the best version of themselves.
I came across this interesting reading called:
THINGS ONLY A MOM CAN TEACH
My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION:
“Just wait until your father gets home.”
My Mother taught me about RECEIVING:.
“You are going to get it when we get home!”
My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE:
“What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you…Don’t talk back to me!”
My Mother taught me LOGIC:
“Because I said so, that’s why.”
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE:
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”
My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD:
“If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job.”
My Mother taught me ESP:
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you’re cold?”
My Mother taught me HUMOR:
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT:
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”
My Mother taught me about SEX:
“How do you think you got here?”
My Mother taught me about GENETICS:
“You’re just like your father.”
My Mother taught me about my ROOTS:
“Do you think you were born in a barn?”
My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE:
“When you get to be my age, you will understand.”
My Mother taught me about JUSTICE:
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you. Then you’ll see what it’s like.”
My mother taught me RELIGION:
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL:
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
My mother taught me FORESIGHT:
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
My mother taught me IRONY:
“Keep crying and I’ll *give* you something to cry about.”
My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS:
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper!”
My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM:
“Will you *look* at the dirt on the back of your neck!”
My mother taught me about STAMINA:
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is finished.”
My mother taught me about WEATHER:
“It looks as if a tornado swept through your room.”
My mother taught me how to solve PHYSICS PROBLEMS:
“If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you, would you listen then?”
My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY:
“If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times: Don’t Exaggerate!!!”
My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE:
“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION:
“Stop acting like your father!”
My mother taught me about ENVY:
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do!”
While many of these things make us laugh, our moms do teach us many things with the express desire to help us grow into responsible adults. And for moms in the church, there is a great responsibility to be image bearers of Christ so that your children can grow in the knowledge and faith of God. Maybe the best lessons any mom can give their children are found in Galatians 5: 22-23:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
I want to close today by encouraging you, as mothers, to just be yourselves. Show your kids how much you love the Lord by living out the fruit of the Spirit in your own life. Show your kids how much God loves them by how you love them. Show them the forgiveness of God, by living in the forgiveness you have received from God.
Thank you moms for all you do…we love you!