by Jerry Watts

The Influence of a Godly Mom
Jerry Watts
2 Timothy 1:3-7

• Readers Digest printed a story which may offer us a good starting point today. A young man called his parents to wish them a "Happy New Years" and asked his dad, "What's your new year resolution?" Without any thought dad said, "To make your mother happy." When mom got on the phone the son asked her the same question. Her response, "to help you dad KEEP his New Years Resolution."
• I begin today message with a confession, it is a confession which I really do not have to make. Sometimes these confessions get us in trouble.
• Years ago, Gary Smalley told this story; there was a young woman in her 30's who was unmarried. The reason she was unmarried was that she had a personal problem. Her personal problem was bad breath. She tried everything to get rid of her offensive breath but to no avail. Every time a young man would get interested in her they would kiss and that would end that! So she made a private pact - to not kiss any boyfriends until they were married. Finally, a young man became interested in her. Problem was, HE had a personal problem, "smelly feet." He had also attempted to fix his problem and also with no avail. So here is the picture, "he wants to kiss her and she's reluctant while she wants to take long walks on the beach and he's reluctant." Well, even with these situations they still fell in love and decided to get married. Both were highly nervous. Finally, the wedding night came. When they arrived in their hotel room, the groom darted into the bathroom where he removed his socks and shoes, washed his feet, put cologne on both feet, and then ran out of the bathroom and jumped under the covered in the king sized bed. When He came out, she ran in. Now, she begins the process of brushing her teeth, using mouth washed, and putting breath mints in both sides of her mouth. Looking in the mirror, she whispered a prayer as she knew the "moment of truth" had come. So she ...

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