Sunday, May 14, 2017
A mother by Any Other Name
Mark Hughes www.churchoftherock.caA rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.
Mother always picks up her kid's clothes.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,
2 Timothy 1:5-8 ESV
Timothy had an unbelieving father. I did too. Pastoring my mother is hard. I can't talk to her. She talks too much.
Now my wife is giving me the 4 points
R - refuge
O - Overstate
S - Shield
E - Encouragement
Psalms 91 God is our refuge. Cities of refuge. Your home is your refuge.
Niece lost her first child. Moved into mom's home for refuge. Only mom can provide that. Goodbye cruel world. It's a hostile world. Kids are often stressed.
Cathy made the home safe. The kids could stay till they were 25 then they had to buy their own home. They moved their son out during the day while he was working. You should have seen his face when he came home that night.
Sister had a glass home and kept yelling at her kids to not touch.
The truth shall set you free. First you must abide. Impart. Teach values and virtues. You have to Overstate. Over and over.
Sent kids to private schools. Cathy took 10 years off. Then she found enough work to pay for school and some holidays. Sent son to St Paul's everything for the greater glory of God. Become men for others.
Shield and buckler. A small shield. Captain America. Women are the shield bearers. Children need that. Shield of faith for a hostile world. So many kids get sexually abused. She went with the kids everywhere.
Encouragement. The hand of the mother shapes the world.
Kids need Encouragement.
Middle daughter did all the sports. Played badminton and won after. Pretend that you're fresh. Win. She skipped unto the court and freaked out her opponent and won.