Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Behind every great man, is a great woman (mother)”. You know what? People are what their mothers make them! Lincoln also said, “All that I am or hope to be, I owe it to my angel mother”.
Hi Moms! How can we ever return so much of what you have given us!! The very precious gift of life will speak volumes about you. God bless you moms! Thank you Moms!!
For all the tireless sacrifices that you have made in your lifetime, towards your children!, towards your husband!, towards your household! Your worth is unequal and unmatched! No measure!, no price!, can be compared to your dedication! Your sacrifice!, and your unfailing love is beyond any measure that can be compared. You need to know that in your heart this evening that what you have given towards your children and your family is priceless!! A love that gives all the time and a love that does not expect a return.
SACRIFICE OF A REAL MOTHER
A story was once told about a young mother who was desperately making her way across the hills of South Wales, and she was apparently carrying her tiny little baby in her arms.
Suddenly, she was overtaken by a blinding snow storm. Unfortunately she never made it through that storm. Her body was later found by the recovery team buried beneath the snow. Surprisingly, the search party discovered that before her death she had taken off her clothes and wrapped it around her baby. But you know what? As they unwrapped the child, they discovered to their greatest joy that this child was alive and well!
This woman had given her own life for her child and that is the very depth of a mother’s love and sacrifice. That’s the heart of a mother!
Never forget that mother’s make sacrifices all the time.
A GODLY MOTHER
1 Samuel 1: 27- 28 speaks about some exemplary qualities of an ideal mother. As you read this passage you will notice the Godly characteristics of Hannah as a mother.
Hannah ( he nah ) was desperate and longing for a child. Her barrenness caused so much sorrow and grief, and the stigma was hurting her tremendously. The Bible says, despite her situation of grief, sorrow and bitterness, Hannah was a woman of prayer! She knew that there was a God out there who could change the circumstances of her life. She had faith to believe that her name (he nah) which meant GRACE in Hebrew was not given to her by mistake! Indeed because of her overriding faith and trust in God, ultimately God answered her prayer. You bet your life, BECAUSE OF WHAT SHE BELIEVED SHE RECEIVED! Hannah saw herself as God saw her. God didn’t make a mistake when He made you. YOU NEED TO SEE YOURSELF AS GOD SEES YOU.
You know what? NOTHING BUT PRAYER CAN BREAKTHROUGH FOR US IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES.
Listen to this: Hannah was a God-fearing woman who took a stand and promised the Lord that she would give that son that God was going to bless her with, back to him to serve him all the days of his life.
1 Sam 1:11
Then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life and there shall no razor come upon his head.
And the Bible says:
And it came to pass, after Hannah had conceived, she bore a son and called his name Samuel. One of the things that you and I need to understand very clearly in this situation is that Hannah only won her victory through prayer not by any other way. Isn’t our God an Awesome God? It is very encouraging this evening to learn that we too can win our battles through prayers.
You know what you and I have? You and I have the ‘Power of Prayer’ at our disposal! Prayer is the greatest weapon that you and I have to overcome and change situations in our lives.
Listen! Hannah must have loved and adored her son so much and she knew he was “a miracle gift of God.” The scripture says in verse 24-28, Hannah returned to the temple a year later and dedicated the boy Samuel to the Lord (as a gift to Him).
Unlike worldly mothers today, who want their sons and daughters to be placed in high office in the secular world, Hannah not only gave her son back to God but she gave the best gift to her son. She knew heart to heart, there is no better place! There is no greater place! There is no safer place! Than to give her son back to serving God all the days of his life.
When you do a small thing right in the sight of God, you touch the heart of the Father. A THOUSAND MIRACLES WILL CHASE AFTER YOU!
Because of Hannah’s faithfulness unto the Lord, the scripture tells us in chapter 2:21 the Lord further blessed Hannah with 3 sons and 2 daughters.
Here is a God’s principle you need to understand. She gave that only son she had to the Lord and God blessed her in return with more than double of what she gave to the Lord.
How many of you know the story about poor old mama Newton? Poor old mama Newton has been tirelessly praying and crying her heart out for her son John, day in and day out. Her face was swollen grieved with sadness and tears night and day.
Her son was a rebellious run-away kid. Later John became a sailor. He was a very ungodly wicked man, a drunkard, disowned by his own father and everyone who knew him kept a distance from him.
But Mama Newton never gave up on God. She believed in two things, THE POWER OF PRAYER and the FAITHFULNESS OF GOD. Mama Newton was a woman of prayer!
Years later, one day God answered the prayer of Mama Newton’s cry. The power of prayer convicted her son John Newton. The drunken wicked sailor who apparently became John Newton the sailor preacher. At the age of 54, he wrote the famous song “Amazing Grace How Sweet Thy Sound“. God used this very man, once a wicked, rebellious, hopeless drunkard to reach thousands for Christ. Great men of God like Thomas Scott and William Cowper was touched by this one man. You bet, what the power of prayer can do!!
1 Cor. 1:27
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
Can you imagine what God can do?
You know what’s the secret behind this?
One poor believing, Godly old mother who trusted that ” PRAYER CAN CHANGE SITUATIONS NO MATTER HOW HOPELESS IT MAY APPEAR.
Hey! Listen to me this evening. A Godly Mother is different from all others. She is special in the sight of God. God will hear her prayers. She has a worth that is unequaled because of her love for God.
A GRATEFUL SON
Once there was a very poor widow who discovered some very special abilities in her son. She did everything within her ability and power to give him the best education. She struggled in her life, she grew vegetables, kept chicken and did all the low menial jobs and worked very hard day and night to send her son to university.
The day finally came for her son’s graduation and he gave his mother the invitation to attend. The mother initially declined the invitation; she said to her son she wouldn’t be able to make it as she had nothing decent to wear for the occasion. But the son insisted and finally out of great persuasion managed to take her to the ceremony wearing her simple plain cotton dress.
The son took her to sit with his classmates- elite wealthy -parents. At one point she felt out of place so, the poor mother moved very humbly to the back of the auditorium and sat at a far left insignificant corner only to be able to get a glimpse of her son.
The turn came for her son to deliver his speech and finally he was handed his degree (a piece of paper) and a medal was also given to him for his excellent performance. With the crowd cheering and the loud sound of exploding applause, he walked straight over to his mother and pinned the medal on her saying, “Mom!, this belongs to you!, you earned it!!” The mother replied I would have never made it through if it had not been for the Lord Jesus who was my sustaining hope and strength throughout my struggles to make it this far.” I can do all this through him who gives me strength. “( Phil.4:13)
YOU DESERVE MORE THAN A PRAISE
We are to praise our mothers because of the wonderful things they have done to bless us. Think of all that she has done to give you life: offered her body, her time, her own physical nourishment, her attention, her affection, her pain, her care, her sleep and her LOVE. Think of all those special moments in your life. Moms! I want to tell you this evening you are the greatest!!!
There may be some mothers who may be unfortunately disappointed with your children. You may be thinking despite all your sacrifices throughout your life you may feel you are not proportionately rewarded with the kind of gratitude and praise that you duly deserve.
I want to tell you what the Lord has placed in my heart today for you. Never forget that you are a human being just like anybody else capable of making mistakes. You are not perfect just like none of us are perfect! Perhaps sometimes you have missed the mark! Or even rocked the boat and fell below the expected standard. Maybe you feel nobody understands you. But the fact of the matter is that God understands you.
Jesus is saying: Why are you carrying the load of pain and hurts upon your shoulders? Why are you crying! When I have paid it all on the cross for you! Caste your care upon me for I care for you (1 Peter 5:7).
The Lord is reminding me to tell you what you gave is nowhere compared to what God has given you (John 3:16). What you gave is perishable and likely to fade away. You gave human life to your children but God has given you eternal life. A life that will never perish! An everlasting life, incorruptible and undefiled, that does not fade away, kept in haven for you.
You know what? The real superstar women in our world are not the shooting stars which twinkle for a while and diminish away. The true superstar women are those who have sacrificed their life in the form of love and service to the children and family.
Mothers! Once again, you are so special! You are awesome!!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! GOD BLESS YOU RICHLY.
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.
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