Posted by: pastortomvabeach | May 6, 2014

Thought for the Week May 11, 2014

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, so I thought it would be nice to write something about mothers. I found something written by Pastor Jerry Shirley that I think may be even better. It’s called Seven Ways to Love Your Mother. I’m condensing it quite a bit but after you check these out, maybe you’ll have some better ideas of how to make this Mother’s Day special and to continue to show your love all year long. Here are Jerry’s seven ways:

1. Love her verbally. Men, we may not understand this, but a woman needs to hear the words, “I Love You!” In fact, children need to hear it and spouses need to hear it too. A letter was written to Dear Abby, “I enlisted shortly after Pearl Harbor and eventually routed to Australia. Eleven days after we landed, I met the most beautiful girl in the world. On our first date, I told her I was going to marry her. I did, 18 months later, while on a 10-day R-and-R leave from New Guinea.
After more than 57 years of marriage and two children, my beloved “Mary” died five days before Christmas. While Mary was alive, she would frequently say, “You don’t know how much I love you.” I would reply, “Likewise,” but I never said, “I love you.” Now her ashes are on my dresser, where I tell her several times a day how much I love her, but it’s too late. Although I wrote poetry to her, I could not bring myself to say the three words I knew she wanted most to hear. As my dearest was dying and we thought she was comatose, I told her, “There aren’t enough words to tell you how much I love you.” A few hours later, she whispered, “Not enough words,” and died. The reason I’m writing is to urge men to express their feelings while their loved ones are alive. I don’t know why, but many men are reluctant to express the depth of their feelings.” Signed, Missing Mary in Colorado. Our spouses, our children, and our mothers also need to hear it. Whether you feel you’re wired that way or not, just say it!

2. Love her physically. Giver her a big hug without her asking for it, or a kiss on the cheek, or a neck rub, or just sit on the couch and held her hand. She’s the first person who ever touched you. After nine months in the womb she held and cuddled you, stroked your head, rubbed your feet, gave you a finger to grasp. Let her hold your hand again.

3. Love her patiently. Mothers have an incredible job with no pay. No position in the business world compares to the physical, emotional, and spiritual commitment she has in motherhood. Don’t ever make the mistake of asking a lady, do you work, or stay at home? The point is, despite all she does for us, we often become impatient with her, we come to expect all her efforts and get upset when it’s not done. Give her a little slack and be patient!

4. Love her attentively. In other words, listen to her. Mothers listen as you pour out your heart, always have a sympathetic ear, and even as an adult you’ve gone to her when you want someone who will really listen and understand. Why not return the favor and just listen?

5. Love her gratefully. With all her sacrifices, mom needs a sincere thank you, not just today, but from a genuinely thankful heart when least expected! Have you sincerely thanked her lately?

6. Love her generously. There’s nothing too good for her, we could never repay her, but we ought to die trying before she does! She didn’t spend on herself unless all your needs were met. She could easily do without and now it’s time for her to have something she wants! Generosity doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but simply be the best you can give. Give it to her.

7. Love her honorably. Exodus 20:12, Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. Did you know that this commandment is binding as long as your mother lives? “Honor” is important. The Amplified Bible says it this way, Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother. If the husband is the head of the home, then the mother is the heart of the home. Don’t break her heart by disrespecting or dishonoring her. “But my mother wasn’t honorable!” Well, the Bible says nothing about any qualification for honor other than that she is your mother! This is one of those unconditional commands which by the way is the only commandment which includes a built-in promise of blessing! What can you do to honor her today and all the year?

Well, does this give you some ideas for Sunday? What about Monday or the third Tuesday of August? Are you getting the idea? Let’s give our mothers and, by the way, the mothers of our children, and other mothers we know something to show they are special all the time. What do you think?

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