Sun, May 12, 2013 at 7:00am to 2:00pm CDT

Today's Text

Proverbs 31:10-12, Proverbs 31:25-30 NASB

An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: "Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all." Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

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Introduction

(A) What fulfills you as a mother? "I feel fulfilled as a mother. While many women feel the pressure to do something more with their lives, if I had another life to give, I would be a full-time wife and mother again." (Jean Flemming from "A Mother's Heart") (B) Many people who have lost their way in life spiritually have returned back to God and give credit to their mothers teaching while they were young.

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Dominant Thought

We all owe a debt to our mothers for the profound impact they have made in molding our lives.

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PT I

A Fulfilled Mother is a Faithful TEACHER

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(A)

Teaching and molding kids for the FUTURE

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(A)

2 Timothy 1:5 NASB

For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.

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(B)

Choosing to DISCIPLE your children for Jesus

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(B)

2 Timothy 2:2 NASB

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

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(C)

Some of the things a mother TEACHERS her children:

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(C1)

1) Sacrifice of SELF

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(C1)

Proverbs 31:11-12 NASB

The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.

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(C2)

A proper WORK ethic

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(C2)

Proverbs 31:13-16 NASB

She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard.

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(C3)

She builds inner STRENGTH

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(C3)

Proverbs 31:17, Proverbs 31:25 NASB

She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong. Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.

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(C4)

Cares for the NEEDY

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(C4)

Proverbs 31:20, Proverbs 31:26 NASB

She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy. She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

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(C5)

Prepares for the FUTURE

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(C5)

Proverbs 31:21 NASB

She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

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(C6)

She TRUSTS in God

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(C6)

Proverbs 31:30 NASB

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

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PT II

A Fulfilled Mother BALANCES Responsibilities & Mothering

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PT II

Proverbs 31:13-16, Proverbs 31:27 NASB

She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight. She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard. She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

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(A)

Our world elevates CAREERS and lowers the value of STAY-AT-HOME moms

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(B)

Notice where she got her HONOR

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(B)

Proverbs 31:28-29 NASB

Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: "Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."

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(C)

Society looks down on women who opt for a career in mothering but it will be to the best BENEFIT of their children

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(C)

2 Timothy 3:15 NASB

and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

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PT III

A Fulfilled Mother Makes an ETERNAL Influence

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(A)

She must keep herself SPIRITUALLY filled

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(A)

2 Peter 3:18 NASB

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

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(B)

Your most important job is to make sure your kids go to HEAVEN

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(B)

Deuteronomy 4:9, Deuteronomy 6:2, Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NASB

"Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons. so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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(C)

PRAY for them

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(C1)

1) They will follow CHRIST

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(C2)

They will only date and marry a CHRISTIAN

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(C3)

They will use their life to GLORIFY God

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