The Power of Encouragement
Modern Family (Pt.2) - Parenting

Happy Mother's Day!

MumTomorrow is Mother's Day, a day to honour mothers all around the world. Mother's are special people who we owe so much to - in addition to our very existence!

Mother's are faithful, loyal, hard working (where do mother's go when they want to resign?), loving and caring. We honour and applaud them at this time.

My mother, Joyce Conner, was an amazing person who had a huge impact on my life, before she passed away very suddenly back in 1990. We miss her very much but her life lives on through her influence. Anything God does through me during my lifetime, I see as her reward - for all the seeds she planted in my heart and life.

Nicole's mother, affectionately called 'Oma,' passed away quite suddenly too in December 2007. She was such an amazing woman (the best mother-in-law you could ever have!) and we miss her so much. She touched so many lives through her smile, her love and her selfless approach to life. 

If at all possible, be sure to lavish lots of love and appreciation on your mother today ... and every day.  After all, as I found out, we must love them while we can, because they won't always be around.

Here are a few thoughts about how we see our mother ...

THE IMAGES OF MOTHER

  • At 4 years old we say: "My Mummy can do anything!"
  • At 8 years old: "My Mum knows a lot! A whole lot!"
  • At 12 years old: "My Mother doesn't really know quite everything."
  • At 14 years old: "Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either."
  • At 16 years old: "Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned."
  • At 18 years old: "That old woman? She's way out of date!"
  • At 25 years old: "Well, she might know a little bit about it."
  • At 35 years old: "Before we decide, let's get Mum's opinion."
  • At 45 years old: "Wonder what Mum would have thought about it?"
  • At 65 years old: "I wish I could talk it over with Mum."

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Comments

Thank you Pastor Mark for your powerful and relevant teaching at the CBC 2008 Conference. You are changing a little church in Sweet Home Oregon!

Thank you Mark for your encouragement about Mums!!
When Dad died suddenly 3 years ago, it was a wake up call to me as to how much I'd taken my parents for granted, even though I thought we had a good relationship. Now chatting every couple of days to my 85 year old Mum is so much more important! And being able to encourage her spiritually is such a blessing! God bless!

Thanks Mark for your heartfelt beautiful meaningful words honouring mums. Miss my own mum very much too, who passed away when I was 15. Bless you and your family.

Yes Mark, your mother's influence lives on. I still remember her and your father singing the psalms. They imparted such a sweetness of the presence of the Lord and a joy of worship that I will never forget.

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