May 10, Mother's Day, Rural Life Sunday

Lesson: Ephesians 1.15-23

Sermon Title: "I Keep Asking"

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INTRODUCTION

  1. What is DIAPER spelled backward?

    1. It is REPAID.

    2. Think about it... (1)

  2. I conducted worship at Green way Manor last Thursday.

    1. I used a piece that I used in a sermon several years ago.

    2. It is called Things Moms Would Probably Never Say (2)

"How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?"

"Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too"

"Just leave all the lights on . . . it makes the house look more cheery"

    1. I opened my coat and smelled my shirt, and this one received a huge laugh.

"Let me smell that shirt. Yeah, it's good for another week"

      1. This is because this is something that I do myself.

      2. If it is not dirty why wash it?

    1. The rest of them are just as humorous.

"Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I'll be glad to feed and walk him every day"

"Well, if Timmy's mom says it's okay, that's good enough for me."

"The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It's not like I'm running a prison around here."

"I don't have a tissue with me . . . just use your sleeve"

"Don't bother wearing a jacket. The wind chill is bound to improve"

  1. I do not need to remind you that today is Mother's Day.

    1. There are so many skills and abilities that Mom's have.

    2. I thought of some.

    3. Here are just a few

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MAIN BODY:

  1. Moms are very Creative

    1. Creative use of food budget.

    2. Creative ways to help us accomplish our potential.

    3. The ways that they use to deal with annoying phone calls.

      1. Out of Business (3)

My mother began getting calls from people who misdialed the similar number of a new computer repair business. Mom, who had had her number for years, asked the owner of the company to have the number changed. He refused. The calls kept coming day and night.

Finally, Mom began telling the people who called that the company had gone out of business. Within a week, the computer repair company voluntarily changed its number.

  1. Moms have to cope with often embarrassing situations.

      1. Dads are sometime part of these experiences/

      2. These are more often than not created by their children.

        1. Wine (4)

I was nervous the night my husband and I brought our three young sons to an upscale restaurant for the first time. My husband ordered a bottle of wine with the meal. When the server brought it, our children became quiet as she began the ritual uncorking. She poured a small amount for me to taste, and then our six-year-old piped up, "Mom usually drinks a lot more than that!"

        1. Whoops! How do you handle this one?

        2. You simply smile and taste the wine, or whatever it is that is being offered.

    1. Moms have to deal with the ignorance of other people.

      1. There are times when people make no sense.

      2. It is as if they did not have any.

        1. Babies at the Mall (5)

A young mother was standing outside a mall holding her six-month-old baby and her sister's three-month-old baby.

Two elderly women approached the mother. "Are they twins?" one asked.

"No, they're three months apart."

"My! You sure had them close together."

        1. There is no sense in attempting to correct the ignorance of the others.

    1. Moms have to be able to accept rejection, even on the part of their children.

      1. Bedtime Suggestion (6)

I'd had a pretty hectic day with my four-year-old. When bed-time finally came, I laid down the law: "We're putting on your p.j.s, brushing your teeth, and reading ONE book. Then it's lights out!"

Her arms went around my neck in a gentle embrace, and she said, "We learned in Sunday school about little boys and girls who don't have mommies and daddies."

Even after I'd been such a grouch, I thought, she was still grateful to have me. I felt tears begin to well up in my eyes, and then she whispered, "Maybe you could go be THEIR mom?"

        1. The good feeling did not last.

        2. The child is not really rejecting, but, perhaps manipulating.

        3. The child wants more that there is available at the moment.

    1. Moms are called upon to manage frustration.

      1. Ten Signs of a Frustrated Mother (7)

        1. Your children know how to read HTML code but can't operate a vacuum cleaner.

        2. Your children tell you that you said "yes" and you don't even remember the question.

        3. You go to the grocery store and find yourself having a good time.

        4. Your husband asks how your day went and you rate it on a scale of 1-10 repeats of "stop that!" or "no!"

        5. You can't remember the last time you didn't have to share your drink.

        6. You mistakenly tell the kids it's "sanity" time when you meant to say "bed" time.

        7. The laundry seems to have taken on an evil nature and you begin to feel that it's out to get you.

        8. You dread hearing the phone ring because it's a sure sign there's about to be trouble amongst the children.

        9. It's finally your turn on the computer and the "Touched by an Angel" rerun is just coming on.

        10. You go to sleep with "I'm bored" or "I'm hungry" still ringing in your ears.

      2. Someone has said:

"The hand that rocks the cradle usually is attached to someone who isn't getting enough sleep."

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  1. What would you wish for Mom's on Mother's Day?

    1. What is it that Paul desires for the Ephesians?

    2. Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God's people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, (Ephesians 1:15-23, New Living Testament).

      1. asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.

        1. Wisdom.

        2. Insight

        3. Grow in your knowledge of God.

      2. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called--his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

        1. Hearts flooded with light.

          1. Jesus Christ is light in him there is no darkness at all.

          2. The light of the good news.

        2. Understand the confident hope he has given us.

          1. Hope of present.

          2. Hope for the future.

        3. Enlightened.

      3. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him.

        1. What kind of power are we talking about.

        2. What is it greater than?

        3. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms.

    3. These are the benefits of knowing Jesus Christ.

      1. All encompassed in a prayer.

      2. This is what we wish and pray for.

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CONCLUSION:

  1. God our creator : we pray (8)

God our Creator, we pray:
for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility ;
for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family;
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want;
for those who raise children on their own;
for those who have lost a child;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose children have left home;
and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.
Amen.

  1. Happy Mother's Day.

Amen!

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