“Things Our Mothers Taught us”

The second Sunday in May is Mother’s Day, so I thought you’d enjoy this list of things our mothers taught us:

 Logic: “If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can’t go to the store with me,” as well as, “If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?
 Humor: “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me!”
 Genetics: “You are just like your father!”
 Anticipation: “Just wait until your father gets home.”
 Receiving: “You are going to get it when I get home.”
 Religion: “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
 Stamina: “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is finished.”
And the all-time favorite thing my Mother taught me,
 Justice: “ One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you. Then you’ll see what it’s like.“
There are many things that our mothers have taught us. In 1 Samuel, Chapter 1, we find the story of a woman, a mother named Hannah. There are some important things that Hannah, a godly mother, teaches us. This ordinary woman is an example of a great woman and a godly mother in the Old Testament. What does Hannah, this godly mother, teach us? What would Hannah tell us if we could ask her about her testimony, her story, and her walk with God? First Hannah teaches us…
 
Bring Your Burdens to the Lord
Hannah was a woman who had a burden. 1 Samuel 1:2, 10 (NKJV) says however, “But Hannah had no children… And she was in bitter- ness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.” Hannah was a brokenhearted and disappointed woman, but she brought her burdens to the Lord. Likewise, whenever we face the burdens of life we can always bring them to
the Lord and leave them there, as we cast all of our cares upon Him because He cares for us.
 
God Gives Peace
When we leave our trials in God’s hand, He will give us peace. Hannah received a peace from the Lord as she left her needs before Him. Perhaps, God will give you peace that your request is answered or just peace that everything will “be OK.” Whichever the case, it will be a peace that is beyond our understanding. He will assure us that He is in control. As we leave our burdens with the Lord, His grace becomes evident. His grace can take us through the darkest circumstances. God gave Hannah grace, and His grace was sufficient for her that enabled her to continue to trust Him for a child.
 
God Gives Joy
God can put a smile on our face and joy in our hearts even in the darkest night. In Psalm 77:6, Asaph says: “I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart; and my spirit made diligent search.” During Asaph’s dark times, he remembered the songs God gave him in the night to persevere. The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength. It is during our challenges of life that God’s joy enables us to continue on. Hannah, despite her sorrow and disappointment over not having a child, continued to worship God. It was God’s joy that enabled her to believe Him.
 
Keep Your Promises
It is important to keep your vows. If you make a vow in the midst of your request, keep it! Hannah vowed to bring Samuel back to the temple and dedicate him to God’s service. When he was old enough, she did just that. When we give God our word we should endeavor to keep our promises to Him.
Let us learn from Hannah’s life the powerful lessons God teaches us. Likewise, let us remember to appreciate and thank our mothers for their love and influence in our lives. To all our mothers… Happy Mother’s Day!
 
Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson
Senior Pastors