"How to be a Great Mother (According to Proverbs)"
Proverbs 31:30,31
Brought with permission from Pastor, Michael A. Jean

       In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother's Day.  Since then, the popularity of Mother's day as continued to grow.  20.8 million Americans will call their Mother today and 125 million Mother's Day cards will be given (compared with 75 million to fathers).  I'm glad we have Mother's day, but it is certainly a shame that many people all across the nation actually need a holiday like this to remind them of their Mother.  It doesn't mean that they have a bad mother, or that they are simply ungrateful, it most like means that we have a disrespectful generation that doesn't honor their Mother like the Bible commands.  However, that is not the direction of this morning's message.  This morning, I am going to preach a 'how to' sermon.  I, a big ugly man, am going to show you ladies how to be a great mother!  I have put together 6 different ingredients and qualities that would certainly help the mother (and others as well) according to the book of Proverbs.

The steps to a great mother...

I.Marry the right man
-  Prov:24:27: Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
-  The plague of many teenagers in America is the dilemma they have of finding a spouse.
-  The problem is that according to this verse, we are to secure God's will for our lives before building our house (or family).
-  If you are still unmarried in this room, then you need to make sure that you marry the right man.  You first secure God's will for your life.
-  If you are surrendered to full-time Christian service, then that will narrow your candidates for your spouse
-  Make sure you are equally yoked with the direction of God's will for your life.
-  Find your will and make sure that the person you are dating is compatible with the direction you are going.
- May I take a moment to remind everyone that I don't encourage teenage dating. The purpose of dating is to find a spouse and obviously there are no teenagers ready for marriage while in high school.
-Those of you who are already married.  You are already convinced that you've married the one for you.  You commit yourself.  You dedicate yourself.  You will keep that commitment till you go to the grave.

The first step for a great mother is to marry the right man.

II.Obey the Great Commission is a 2nd ingredient for great motherhood.

-  Prov:11:30: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
-  In order to increase in wisdom, you need to win souls
-  People who go soul-winning are the ones who usually have their lives together better than the rest of the world.
-  You need to seek to obey the Great Commission, then you will soon have children who will follow you in obedience because of your obedience.
-  You will find that God will grant you the wisdom and clarity needed in making decisions concerning the children's direction in life.
-  Not just mothers ought to be soul-winners, but everyone in this room who is able to present God's simple plan of salvation ought to go.
-  By the way, the Great Commission is a command and not a gift or a choice.
-  Also, it is the solution to the world's problems.  Win them, baptize them, then teach them to win souls.

Marry the right man
Obey the Great Commission

III.Train your children is a much needed ingredient to great motherhood.

-  Prov:22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
-  Please, if you are able to have children, then have them.  Don't be so stinking selfish of yourself and disobey God's command to be fruitful and multiply.
-Sad  to say that we have an entire generation of children that have not been taught or trained in the ways of life.
-  That is why so many 2nd and 3rd generation of children from Christian homes often do not get saved.
-  Train them in all the ways of life
-  Train them in cleaning, sports, Bible reading, Prayer, Soul-winning, tying shoes, changing clothes, chores around the house, brush their teeth, take a bath...etc...
-  I've come across way too many children that have not been taught to mind their manners.  They are rude and disrespectful.
-  Teach them Please and Thank You!
-  Teach them to respect their elders, make them call them "yes, sir""Yes, ma'am"
-  Train them to come to Church, during all of the service hours.
-  Quite frankly, mothers are the hope for the next generation if they do what they are supposed to do and to stay home and train their children.

I said, marry the right man,
then, obey the Great Commission,
Thirdly, I said, train your children.

IV.To be a great mother, you are to Honor your parents.

-  Prov:1:8: My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
-   Prov:6:20: My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
-  Let me give you future spouses something to look for in them.  If they are rude or disrespectful to their parents, even to their step-parents.  Then they will be rude and disrespectful to their kids or to you.
-  You are no longer living under the house you grew up in, but you continue to give your parents honor every chance you get.
-  Show your children how parents should be treated and you will likely be treated like that as well.
-  How you treat your parents will be reflective on how your kids will soon treat you.  Rebellious teenagers will often result in a soon to be parent of rebellious kids.
-  You honor them, ask them for advice, help them in anyway possible (physically, spiritually, and financially).
-  By any means, don't let your parents run your life after you've been married and moved out.

Guides to great motherhood includes:
Marrying the right man,
Obeying the Great Commission and being a soul-winner,
Training, teaching and showing your children out to live life,
and to Honor your parents (And your spouses parents!)

V.Enjoying the Christian walk

-  Prov:29:18: Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
-  Enjoy your Christian walk with happiness and joy in your soul
-  True happiness is found within the covers of the Bible
-  You stay within the guidelines that God had laid down for you, then you will find the happiness that God had set apart for you to have.
-  The Bible is the fence that tells us that we have the liberty and freedom within the confines of God's law
-  While Sin is everything outside of that fence that leads us into trouble and away from God.  And every time you are away from God, you cannot enjoy your Christian walk.
-  Please, have a good time living the kind of life that God would like for you to have!

Marry right man,
Be obedient to the Great commission,
Train children,
Honor your parents,
Enjoy your Christianity.

VI.Request, request, and request wisdom from God

-  Prov. 5-7: Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
-  Continuously get wisdom from God, this should be a constant request to God.
-  Request it over and over again because without the wisdom, there is no understanding.
-  Get as much as you can.
-  Maintain a close walk with God.
-  Read your Bible daily, study, and to meditate
-  Pray continuously.  Maintain an adequate prayer life so that God will fellowship with you.
-  Always, and always ask God for guidance and direction and wisdom for help in making a decision.
-  It amazes me how flippant we are in this area.  Before touching electricity, we'll read several books.  Before taking legal action, we'll consult a lawyer.  For taxes on complicated issues, we'll go to an accountant.  But in making a decision in raising our children, treating our husband, or living a proper Christian life, we fail to consult God through prayer and His Bible.  Just how stupid can we get?
-  Part of the wisdom includes going to Church and listening to the preaching and the teaching of God's word.

Spell out the points I've made to you and you'll end up with MOTHER!

M- marry right man
O- obey Great Commission
T- train your children
H- honor your parents
E- enjoy the Christian walk
R- request wisdom from God continuously
Brought with permission from Pastor, Michael A. Jean


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