by Jeff Strite

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Mamma Told Me (2 of 5)
Series: Model for Positive Parenting
Jeff Strite
2 Timothy 1:1-7

OPEN: Steve Pollard said his mother was very influential in his life… he said:
My mother taught me RELIGION: ''You better pray that will come of the carpet.''
My mother taught me LOGIC: ''Because I said so, that's why.''
My mother taught me CONTORTIONISM: ''Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck!''
My mother taught me STAMINA: ''You'll sit there until ALL that spinach is gone.''

A woman columnist for the Los Angeles Times wrote about the influence her mother had on her. She said her mamma taught her several rules for being a perfect lady:

1. Mind your manners and always write ''thank you'' notes.
2. Brush your hair.
3. Appearance matters.
4. Never marry a man in order to change him.
5. Stand up straight and clean your fingernails.
6. Eat everything on your plate and remember the starving children in the world.
7. Speak up.
8. If you ask for something, you may get it.
9. If you don't ask, you may not get it.
10. Keep your mouth shut and your legs crossed.
11. Don't ever do anything you wouldn't want me to do.

APPLY: Mothers have an powerful influence on their children and it is reflected in the amount of attention Mothers get that Fathers don't. Did you realize that

There are more cards sent on Mother's Day than on Father's Day
There are more phone calls made on Mother's Day to moms than there are on Father's Day to dads (granted, ½ of those are made collect… but there are still more calls made to Mothers on Mothers day than there are to Fathers on Father's Day)

One man complained about this discrepancy, noting that he literally poured himself into son's life. He taught him play baseball, football, basketball, took him hunting, fishing, taught him how to drive. And then, when the boy went off to college and played ball for the college team… the Network TV cameras focused on his son and guess what he said: ''Hi Mom!''

I. Moms have ...

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