Mom: The Heart of the Home by Rick White

Mom: The Heart of the Home
Rick White
Proverbs 24:3-4; II Timothy 1:1-7
May 9, 1993

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established: and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3-4

For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in y our grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. And for this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Tim. 1:5-7

Introduction: Today is mother's day and we have the joy of honoring our mom's on this special day. For some it is a day filled with all kinds of emotions because of the special relationships that we have to our mothers.

For some the word mother, conjures up images of June Cleaver, complete with lace apron and pearls-singing lullabies, baking brownies, and kissing away the Beavers hot tears. Still others envision the Erma Bombeck model, who drives a wood-paneled station wagon and whose hobby is dust. Yet still for the younger generation some may even envision the Roseanne type of mode.

Whatever the type, no one has more influence than a mother. For better or worse, she will forever impact the life of her child. Abraham Lincoln was right: "No one is poor who had a godly mother."

Without rehearsing all that is wrong with our nation and how far we have drifted from some traditional models in the family, I want to present a positive challenge to the people who can shape the hearts of future generations.

Tools Every Mom Can Use
* Wisdom is the ability to see with discernment, to view life as God perceives it. Never has there been a greater need for discernment than in today's world. While we are being constantly bombarded with messages that will lead to the downfall of the family and ultimately the nation, we need to gain a new perspective about life from God's point of view. How can we gain that perspective? But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil (Hebrews 5:14).

* Understanding is the skill to respond with insight. Don't you wish you had the skill to every situation in your home with keen and proper insight? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had the understanding necessary and not over-react to life situations? I like the Mother's Day card that read: Mom, I remember that little prayer you used to say for me every day: God help you if you ever do that again.

* Knowledge is the rare trait of learning with perception - discovering and growing with your family.

Transition to Timothy: There was a man by the name of Timothy who lived in the first century. We know much about him because of his relationship, companionship, and friendship with Paul. As Paul nears the end of his lif ...


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