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The Best Mother's Day Gift
Did you know that the idea for Mother's Day was born in a small Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia?
It was 1876 and the nation still mourned the Civil War dead. While teaching a Memorial Day lesson, Mrs. Anna Reeves Jarvis thought of mothers who had lost their sons. She prayed that one day there could be a "Memorial Day" for mothers. The prayer made a deep impression on one of Mrs. Jarvis's eleven children. Young Anna had seen her mother's efforts to hold the war-split community and church together. As she grew into adulthood, the younger woman kept Mrs. Jarvis's dream in her heart. On the day of her mother's death, Anna was determined to establish Mother's Day in her honor.

On May 12, 1907, a local observance was held which later spread to Philadelphia. By 1910, Mother's Day was celebrated in forty-five states, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico. Elated, Miss Jarvis told a friend, "Where it will end must be left for the future to tell. That it will circle the globe now seems certain."
On May 8, 1914, President Wilson designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day "for displaying the American flag and for the public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of the country."

I. Mothers Day is a very important day to honour our mothers and we should honour them every day.
"A child without a mother is like a door without a knob." - Jewish proverb
- Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
 A. Honouring your mother brings benefits to your life.
    1. It brings long life, if you want a long life honor both your father and mother.
- Deut 5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
    2. The blessing of God will follow you everywhere. It is good and will be with you in every land and place.
      a. I know the blessings of God has follows me into over 125 countries where God has sent us to take His Word over the past 47 years.
  B. It is not just an old but also a New Testament teaching.
  Eph 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) .

II A Sign of last days in Matt. 24 is rebellion and disobedience to parents.
- 2 Tim 3:2 KJV - disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
- Prov 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:.
  A. Disobedience reaps terrible results.
  - Matt 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
  - Lev 20:9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
  - Prov 28:24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
  B. God's Will for children is to honor their mother:
    1. love and care for their mother
    - Prov 23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. .
      a. Jesus is our perfect example toward His mother.
      - John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith
unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
      - John 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took
her unto his own home.
     2. Jesus cared and provided for His earthy mother.
     3. We should do no less. We are following Jesus.

III. Mothers should love, care and pray for their children.
A. Mothers do want the best for their children.
  - Matt 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and
desiring a certain thing of him.
  - Matt 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons
may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
    1. Sometimes children do not realize their mother’s care and love until it is too late.
    - Prov 4:3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
  B. I often say that Mom has helped to care me over the years in the ministry with her prayers. At the preaching of this message, she is almost 94, still works as my secretary and still prays for my wife and I.
  C. Mothers have to do most everything.
    1. Seen on a church sign: "If evolution is true, how come mothers still have only two hands?"
    2. A fifteen-year-old boy came bounding into the house and found his mom in bed. He asked if she were sick or something. He was truly concerned. Mom replied that, as a matter of fact, she didn't feel too well. The son replied, "Well, don't worry a bit about dinner. I'll be happy to carry you down to the stove."

IV. Mothers need to be example to their children.
They can not say do as I say and not as I do.
- Ezek 16:44 Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter. .
  A. Salome had a mother who was a bad example.
  - Matt 14:8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a
  B. Paul tells Timothy what is a Good Example.
  - 1 Tim 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
  - 1 Tim 5:2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
  - Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
  C. Mother should always pray for their children.
  - Mark 5:23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may behealed; and she shall live. .
    1. My mother was the first Christian in our family and she prayed the whole family into the kingdom. She still is praying.

V. Proverbs tells us of a good Bible example of a mother and wife.
- Pro 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
- Pro 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
- Pro 31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
- Pro 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
- Pro 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
- Pro 31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
- Pro 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
- Pro 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
- Pro 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
- Pro 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

They say that man is mighty,
He governs land and sea,
he wields a mighty scepter
over lesser powers than he.;
but mightier power and stronger
Man from his throne has hurled,
for the hand that rocks the cradle
is the hand that rules the world.
by Wm Ross Wallace


God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades

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