by Jeff Strite

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Mom Already Knows I Appreciate Her (1 of 2)
Series: Suburban Myths
Jeff Strite
Proverbs 31:1-31

On Mother's Day, many children will try to do something special for their mom's like give them a personal letter to express their love.
Angie, 8 years old, wrote: ''Dear Mother, I'm going to make dinner for you on Mother's Day. It's going to be a surprise. P.S. I hope you like pizza and popcorn.''
Robert card said: ''I got you a turtle for Mother's Day. I hope you like the turtle better than the snake I got you last year.''
Eileen said: ''Dear Mother, I wish Mother's Day wasn't always on Sunday. It would be better if it were on Monday so we wouldn't have to go to school.''
Little Diane wrote: ''I hope you like the flowers I got you for Mother's Day. I picked them myself when Mr. Smith wasn't looking.''
And then there's this one from Carol: ''Dear Mother, here are two aspirins. Have a happy Mother's Day!''

APPLY: Each of these children appreciated their mother. You can tell from their letters that they loved their mothers. And while their gifts weren't exactly perfect, they were trying, in their childlike way to show their mother how much they loved her.

Here in Proverbs 31, we have a King who trying to do the same thing.
Oftentimes, when someone preaches on Proverbs 31… they'll skip over the first few verses.
They'll read Proverbs 31:10 ''A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies'' in the belief that this is where this section of Proverbs begins.
But it isn't.

This famous section of Proverbs (that tells us about Godly mothers) actually starts with King Lemuel repeating an oracle (literally ''a burden'') his mother had for him
- He was reciting the advice that she gave him when he was younger.
- He was repeating the things she felt he needed to know to be a good boy.
It was her ''burden'' for him. She cared about how he lived his life.

In those first few verses, the king says his mother told him to…
- Be care ...

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