“Mother’s A.R.O.M.A.”

Posted: May 1, 2014 in Christian Life, Gospel, Mothers, Salvation, Security

The foundation for greatness is laid at a mother’s knee.” Abraham Lincoln said, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have followed me.” Thomas Edison remarked, “She was the best companion that a boy ever had…” Henry Ford commented, “ I have tried to live my life as my mother would have wished…”

Glue. “His mother had just returned from the hospital.  She had been away for such a long time, at least it seemed long to her little boy.  But now she was at home again, and he was beside himself with excitement.  As soon as he could put his thoughts into words, he exclaimed, ‘Mother, you’re just like glue!’  At first she did not understand what he meant by such an odd expression.  But he continued, ‘I mean you hold us together.  When you are gone, we just fall apart. Sister lives in one place, Buddy somewhere else, and Daddy and I get along by ourselves.  You’re just the stuff that keeps us together.’” – Author unknown.

Moms Rock. Moms rock the future.  Their actions, words, and attitudes cause the world to quake.  They affect their own children, grandchildren, and the lives of many other people for good and/or for evil like a tsunami.  The ripple effect spreads out far and wide.  If you have or have had a good mother, thank God for her and then tell her how much you love and appreciate her.  Why? “No man is poor who has had a godly mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

A.R.O.M.A. Yes, mothers have an aroma about them. Godly mothers are known for their appreciation of others in the family (Proverbs 15:17), their respect for one another (Ephesians 6:1-4; 4:31; Philippians 2:3), their orderliness, rather than chaos and confusion (1 Corinthians 14:40), their merriment over the little things in life (Proverbs 17:22), and their affirmation and encouragement for service (Philippians 4:13).

Grandmothers. An eight year old wrote, “A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own, so she likes other people’s boys and girls. Grandmas don’t have anything to do except be there. If they take us for walks, they slow down past pretty leaves and caterpillars. They never say ‘Hurry up.’ Usually they are fat but not too fat to tie shoes. They wear glasses, and sometimes they can take their teeth out. They can answer questions like why dogs hate cats and why God isn’t married. They don’t talk like visitors do which is hard to understand. When they read to us, they don’t skip words or mind if it is the same story again. Everybody should try to have a grandma, especially if you don’t have television, because grandmas are the only grownups who always have time.” Yes, Christian mothers and grandmothers can/should leave a rich spiritual heritage for their own. The Apostle Paul reminded Timothy of the wonderful blessing he had received from his mother and grandmother (1 Timothy 1:5).

Thankful? Our mothers gave us physical life. Perhaps your mother told you about Jesus and His offer of salvation and how you could be saved and go to heaven. All we have to do is believe on Him who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day. But maybe your mother wasn’t a believer. If she is still alive, you can still love her and show kindness to her (Ephesians 4:32). If she’s not living, why not display God’s love to someone who could use it?  Have you received eternal life from God?  Are you certain that you will go to heaven the moment you die?  You can be sure (1 John 5:13). 

Press On. Mothers, as you labor to raise your children and grandchildren in the truth of God’s Word, be mindful of God’s promise never to forget your works and labors of love (Hebrews 6:10). Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). You will reap if you don’t lose heart (Galatians 6:9).

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