Mothers can encourage their children to be and do their best. I still remember when I returned from college to speak at the “Sweetheart Banquet” held in the youth department of the Washington Street Baptist Church in Hobart. My mother was one of the cooks for the event. I wore a three-pieced suit, and parted my hair down the middle. After all was said and done, my mother said to me, “You are a really good preacher.” Decades later I remember her encouraging words. She had as much to do with my development as a pastor as my seminary training. She encouraged me.
Mothers can emphasize the innate value of their children. When we visit our son, I always make a point to sit in the old lazy boy that I inherited from my Pa-pa and passed down to Jason. I like to remember Pa-pa sitting in the chair eating dried beef from a small jar while watching television in their very small den. We come from the generations that have gone before us. For multiplied years, when I sit in the chair at Jason’s, I have seen the yellow sticky note Nancy wrote to him that said simply, “I always enjoy spending time with you.” Jason has achieved much in life. He has many trophies and degrees stored throughout his home. He values no trophy more than the sticky note left by Nancy.
Mothers can make their children feel secure and loved at all times. Nancy and I have been grandparents for over a year. We have watched Lynn provide every need Erin has to feel secure and loved. Lynn regularly feeds Erin nutritious meals that are necessary to remain healthy. Lynn plays with Erin and takes her on walks and swings her. Erin joyfully approves of the recreational opportunities. Lynn makes sure that Erin remains clean, gets plenty of sleep, and enjoys plenty of books. She sets up Facetime for Erin to visit with Mimi and Poppy. Nancy and I have often commented about what a good mother Lynn has become.
Mothers can point their children to Jesus. As they spend time with Jesus and sing and read about Jesus, they create a desire within their children to know the Savior their mother loves so much. I am not discounting Daddy, myself or Michael. I am just magnifying Mama, Nancy and Lynn. We are greatly blessed when God provides us with exceptional mothers.
Happy Mother’s Day! Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Elizabeth and Mary” Luke 1:39-47; 56
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- TeamKIDS – Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for Bed Babies – 6th grade
- The Gathering – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary; live streamed on Facebook at 6:30 p.m., also available on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com by noon on Thursday
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.
Jaxon Fredendall Veda Tull