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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Biblical Mothers Can Teach Us

by Barbara Latta

All of us who are mothers sometimes cringe when thinking back to things we have said or done with our children. None of us are perfect, but when we are focused on training our children in the fear of  of the Lord, God blesses our efforts. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
Biblical mothers can teach us


We can stand on this promise from God and have faith that He will fulfill His Word in our offspring. His Word also gives us examples of mothers who listened to God and others who didn’t. These biblical mothers can teach us from their lives and the consequences of their decisions, whether good or bad, are recorded for our benefit.


EveKnow the command of God clearly. Eve told the serpent God told them not to eat of the tree or touch it lest they die. But God didn’t say anything about touching it, He said don’t eat from it. We all know where that went.

SarahDon’t get ahead of God’s timing. Abraham and Sarah were promised a son. When they got tired of waiting, Sarah took it upon herself to get a son another way. Because of that decision, we
Wait for God's timing
have the Middle East crisis where descendants of Isaac and Ishmael are still fighting.

RebekahDon’t play favorites with your children. Rebekah’s favoritism toward Jacob caused the split between the brothers. The family was divided and in strife and Jacob had to leave home to keep Esau from killing him.

HannahBe faithful to your word. Hannah prayed for a son and when her blessing arrived she honored God and was willing to give her son to the work of the Lord. God blessed her with other children and she still was able to see Samuel when she and her family visited the temple. Because Hannah was faithful, Samuel was born to be a great prophet of God.

MaryBe willing to listen and obey. Mary humbled herself when the angel of the Lord told her she would bear God’s Son. In her culture, she knew she was going to have a difficult time being ridiculed and rejected while being pregnant and unmarried. She didn’t know how the future would play out, but she trusted God.

ElizabethDon’t give up. Elizabeth and Zechariah had prayed for a child for many years. The age was past when this could happen without a miracle. Their prayers were heard and a great prophet was born who paved the way for the Messiah.

Lois and Eunice-- Don't compromise with culture. Timothy's mother and grandmother raised him in the fear of the Lord amidst a heathen Greek culture. Timothy became a student of Paul's and was one of the pastors of the churches Paul established.

Stand on God's promises for children.
While none of us will be able to do any of these lessons perfectly, God honors those who are seeking and trusting Him for guidance. God loves our children more than we do. When we stand on His promises, He is faithful to bring them do pass. Learning from these biblical mothers can teach us to avoid their mistakes and reward us with their blessings.

This is one of my favorite verses I confess over my children and grandchild:
  
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring; They will spring up among the grass like willows by the watercourses. One will say, ‘I am the Lord’s; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; another will write with the hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and name himself by the name of Israel” (Isaiah 44:3-5 NKJV).
Happy Mother's Day

What are your favorite scriptures to stand on for your children?


Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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