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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Rules for Rearing Children - 2
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”

Proverbs 31:27,28



Mother's Day has always been special in my heart, not just because I have a wonderful mother (and I do), not just because I am married to a wonderful mother (and I am), but because the recognition of this day was such a big deal to me growing up. For starters, it always is recognized on Sunday, and naturally that lends itself to a big day in church. As a kid, I remember there being a special atmosphere on this day. The church would be packed, and there was always a good spirit. Oftentimes, it seemed that there was some mother there who had a son or daughter who had agreed to come to church, and that mom was anxious about his or her salvation. My, have I seen the tears of joy flow on Mother's Day through the years!

Now, we didn't go all out materially with gifts for Mom, but we did do something to try to make her feel loved and appreciated. I'm not crazy about all these "Hallmark" holidays we have through the year now. I just think a little extra thought and expression of love and gratitude will be just what is in order for the day. This day wasn't special through the years because of the stuff we gave mom, but simply because we gave the time and effort to show her we appreciated what she did for us all year long. It had been a wonderful day, I think, because we got to feel a little of what mom's heart felt like all the time. We were thinking about her, and what she would like, and what we could do to make her day brighter. Come to think of it, that is exactly what a mother does for her family 365 days of the year. Look at the word mothers and you will see that "m" stands for "mom," and the rest of the word is what she stands for--"others."

This Mother's Day make your mom feel as special as she really is!

Study verses - Proverbs 15:20; 20:20; 23:22; 30:17; 31:1

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Previous devotions

True Motherhood - May 2, 2012
What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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Words of Truth - March 28, 2012