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Glenstone Baptist Church, May, 2017

A DAY FOR MOTHERS

Prov 31:10-31   10  A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.  11  Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.  12     She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.  13  She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.  14  She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.  15  She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.  16  She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.  17  She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.  18  She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.  19  In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.  20  She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.  21  When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.  22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.  23  Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.  24  She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

25  She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.  26  She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.  27         She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  28  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29  "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."  30          Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  31  Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.  (NIV)

            On August 7, 2016, our Sunday School lesson discussed this scripture at some length.  This study gave me occasion to take a much closer look at the passage than I had done formerly.  It gives us a particular basis for this month of May, when we celebrate Mother’s Day.

Always before, I have looked at the passage as composed of many traits which godly women present, but at this time, I saw it as traits possessed by many wives and mothers.  These are characterizations which typify the life of many women and they are more likely a composite picture of many women even today.  The image thus produced is not limited to women of the past, but describes women of every generation.

            The words to describe this ideal woman vary from translation to translation and include the following: Truly good, virtuous, worthy, capable, strong character, woman of virtue, good woman.

Doubtless, one might choose any of these words without detracting from the nature or character of the individual.  In fact, we might prefer to use all of them.

            It will be noted that this is a picture of a married woman.  This is the Biblical example and intention.  As such, her husband trusts her and finds her faithful in all things.  She does not have to be an expert in all things, but her life may consist of all these things.  She is also thoughtful for the future of her family.

            This scripture seems to portray her as doing all things.  Certainly she may have all of these issues in her mind as she goes through her day, and may even occupy her mind with them when she should be resting.  In my estimation, she is pictured as being involved in every imaginable task of women of her day.  Our modern equivalent would find the ideal woman as being involved in every phase of daily life, even though some of her activities might be mental involvement. 

Obviously, she is a valuable asset to both her home and to the economy.  She is not portrayed as one who is to be placed on a shelf and admired.  To her husband, she is the essential part of his life and home.

            How sad the world would be if God, in His wisdom, had not created a woman!

 

IMAGES OF MOMS

4 YEARS OF AGE – My Mama can do anything.

8 YEARS OF AGE – My Mom knows a lot.  A whole lot.

12 YEARS OF AGE – My Mother doesn’t really know quite everything.

14 YEARS OF AGE – Naturally, Mother doesn’t know that either.

16 YEARS OF AGE – Mother?  She has no clue.

18 YEARS OF AGE – That old woman?  She’s way out of date.

25 YEARS OF AGE – Well, she might know a little bit about it.

35 YEARS OF AGE – Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE – Wonder what Mom would have thought about it.

65 YEARS OF AGE – Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

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MOTHER’S DAY QUOTES

  • “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.  All I am I owe to my mother.”  G. Washington
  • “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”  A. Lincoln
  • “Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”  Lin Yutang
  • “By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off.  They are the great vacationless class.”  Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” Author Unknown

GO TEAM

Our May Go Team program will be on May 16th and will feature another musical program.  It will be Jennifer Eiland and Doug Watson.  We will look forward to hearing them.

WE’RE PREJUDICED

 

It is known that a jury, theoretically, is composed of a set of unprejudiced people with open minds, still there may be occasions when a slight personal feeling invades their ranks.  Such was evidently the thought borne in upon the tailor who, rising to state his case, and

having declined the services of a lawyer for reasons best known to himself, looked over the jurymen and then turned to the judge.

"It’s no use for me to tell you about this case, your honor," he said, dejectedly, "not unless you dismiss that jury and get in a new lot.

There isn’t a man among ’em but owes me something for clothes."

NOT LITERALLY INTENDED

A good old Methodist, obliged to remain in the city over Sunday, started out to attend service in one of the churches of his own faith; but losing his way, and seeing an open church door just across the street, he entered there, not knowing to what creed the congregation held. 

As the service progressed, his religious emotions waxed warmer and warmer, until he finally gave vent to them by shouting out, "Praise God!"

Immediately one of the ushers tapped him on the shoulder, saying, "You can’t do that in this church, sir."