A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: My name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I? When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word Mother.
A young father was trying to explain the concept of marriage to his 4-year-old daughter. He got out their wedding album, thinking visual images would help, and explained the entire wedding service to her. When he was finished, he asked if she had any questions. She pointed to a picture of the wedding party and asked, “Daddy, is that when mommy came to work for us?
Kids can get kind of confused about the role that mom plays in their lives, but no one, not even her kids, misunderstands the love that a child receives from Mom. On May 12th we celebrate Mother’s Day. And for you Dad’s, planning on buying your wife something for Mother’s Day to thank her for being the mother of your children, let me give you some tips
1. Don’t buy anything that plugs in. Anything that requires electricity is seen as utilitarian… and it’s not for her.
2. Don’t buy clothing that involves sizes. The chances are one in 7,000 that you will get her size right, and your wife will be offended the other 6999 times. “Do I look like a size 16?” she’ll say. Too small a size doesn’t cut it either: “I haven’t worn a size 8 in 20 years!”
3. Avoid all things useful. The new silver polish advertised to save hundreds of hours is not going to win you any brownie points.
4. Don’t buy anything that involves weight loss or self-improvement. She’ll perceive a six-month membership to a diet center as a suggestion that’s she’s overweight. You don’t like her the way she is.
5. Don’t buy jewelry. The jewelry your wife wants, you can’t afford. And the jewelry you can afford, she doesn’t want.
6. Finally, Don’t spend too much. Cause she’ll ask “How do you think we’re going to afford that?”. But don’t spend too little. She won’t say anything, but she’ll think, “Is that all I’m worth?”
Mother’s Day is a time to thank our mothers for the love and care they have shown us. This is a love that is a reflection of God’s love for us. The love and care we receive from our mothers is the love and care God wants to give to us, and he uses our mothers to do that.
And Moms, realize that God has uniquely positioned you to be the most influential person in the life of your child. You will mark them and set them on the trajectory for the rest of their life by what you do. Those long conversations in the car between all those activities—they make a difference. When you pack their lunches and put a little note in there for them to take to school—it makes a difference. When you help them with their math problems even though you don’t have a clue yourself, you’re making a difference. When you bring your kids to church week after week after week, you’re making a difference. You’re making an investment in their lives that will reap huge dividends for generations to come.
Solomon says of God-fearing mothers: “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”) Proverbs 31: 27-31
Pastor Martin Spaude
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