by Ernest Easley

The Influence of a Godly Mother
Ernest L. Easley
1 Samuel 1:1-28; 3:19-21

As you are turning to 1 Samuel 1, let me say that on May 9, 1941 the United States Congress under the leadership of President Woodrow Wilson did a good thing! They proclaimed the second Sunday in May as ''Mother's Day'' for ''public expression of our love and reverence for the Mothers of our country.''

Thank God for our Mothers! For without them, we wouldn't be here today! It's true, a Mother's job is never done! How wonderful it would be for Mothers if they could collect time-and-a-half for overtime.

And especially for single Mom's. I believe they have the hardest job in America. It's hard enough where there is a Father and Mother raising children, I was reminded of that this past Monday night while up in Cedertown preaching a revival service for Pastor Patrick Latham.

Patrick once served here at Roswell Street on our staff and a few years ago Second Baptist Church of Cedartown called him as their pastor. Well, before the service, Patrick and his wife Laura and their two children met us for supper.

For over an hour, while Patrick and I had preacher talk, Laura was trying to maintain control over their 3 month old son and 2 year old daughter. The daughter was tossing her cup and food on the floor and against the wall and in between in her hair and by the time we were through, that section of the restraunt looked like a war zone.

As we were getting ready to leave ... their 2 year old daughter was sitting on Laura's leg and suddenly Laura had a strange look on her face and said, ''Does anybody have any napkins, I just got wet on and it's running down my leg.'' Oh, the joys of Motherhood!

Well ... today from 1 Samuel 1, I want you to meet a woman who understood the joys of Motherhood. In fact, she is going to remind us of the old adage that ''the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.'' Her name was Hannah and her story is found beginning in 1 Samuel ...

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