by Jeff Strite

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The Power of Mom (1 of 8)
Series: Getting There
Jeff Strite
Psalm 22:1-24

OPEN: An anonymous son wrote the following observations about his mother. He said that:
His Mother taught him LOGIC...
She once asked: "If everyone else jumped off a cliff would you do it too?"
His Mother taught him MEDICINE...
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they're going to freeze that way."
His Mother taught him how to BECOME AN ADULT...
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up.
His Mother taught him about GENETICS...
"You are just like your father!"
His Mother taught him about my ROOTS...
"Do you think you were born in a barn?"
His Mother taught him about the WISDOM of AGE...
"When you get to be my age, you will understand," AND "I'll explain it all when you get older."
His Mother taught him about ANTICIPATION...
"Just wait until your father gets home."
And the all time favorite thing his Mother taught him - JUSTICE
"One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you. Then you'll see what it's like!"

APPLY: As I was looking for a passage for preach for Mother's Day, this Psalm caught my attention. What impressed me as I read it was the apparent connection between what mothers taught us and what we now believe about God.

Look with me at verses 9-10. Talking to God, the Psalmist says "Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God."

Notice, the psalmist doesn't talk about the faith he gained at his FATHER'S knee. Noooo, he's telling us - about the depth of his faith he found when he was with his mother.

ILLUS: There was a recent study reported in the October 2004 issue of "Psychological Science" that showed that Children who have the good fortune to interact with their mothers a lot develop healthier consciences. In that article they said that toddlers were encouraged to imitate their mothers in such sim ...

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