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Sermon of the Week 
Wednesday, May 29 2024

There’s A Miracle Waiting In The Pouring….

So often, we judge our blessings by what pours into our lives. We measure according to what we have received. We count the money that has come in, and we say we are blessed, or the health we have enjoyed and say we are blessed. We count our friends and our home or the car we drive, and figure we are blessed, but the bible shows us another way to figure our blessings….

Look at it in 2 Kings 4:1-5 “Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take my two sons to be bond servants. 2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house? And she said, yourhandmaid does not have anything in the house, but a pot of oil. 3 Then Elishasaid, Go, borrow empty vessels from all your neighbors, and don’t borrow justa few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door upon you and your sons, and you shall pour out into all those vessels, and set aside all thosewhich are full. 5 So she left him, and shut the door upon her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her. and she began to pour out.

What did she do to start a miracle?…. She began to pour out….

When you’re sick, find someone to pray for…. Pour out!                                               When you are in financial need, find someone to give to… Pour out!                 If you need groceries, give some groceries to someone… Pour out!                         If you need some help, give someone some help….Pour out! 

You will never get interest on your money, until you invest it in something that will give you a return…. You never get a crop until you sow the seed.. God promises a return on your investment..

Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure(the Divine measure) shall be measured to you again”. God’s measure is a lot bigger than our measure…. When God gets a handful, it’s a lot bigger than when we get a handful!!                                                                                         Electricity only works when the circuit is complete…. Then you can hit the switch and fully expect the light to come on. The electricity is there, waiting for you to put a demand on it! Miracles are waiting for us to put a demand on them….When you pour out, you close the circuit and the power begins to flow… It’s not a feeling, it’s not an emotion, it’s a flow of power. Sometimes you feel it, sometimes you don’t.                                                                                       This story of the widow woman is telling us that what we need is already there waiting for us to put a demand on it, by pouring out of what’s in our hand… and releasing the power to begin to flow….

The exact opposite usually happens…. When we don’t have much, we tend to hoard, hold it tight, and keep it to ourselves… Our need can  break the circuit and block our miracle by focusing on the negative instead of the opportunity, or it can be the key to our miracle by bringing us to the place of a “prove me now saith the Lord” moment. When you let your trial or your season of testing, get you focused on the negative, you can miss your moment…. yourmiracle moment….

That’s what the disciples almost did…..When Jesus fed the 5000 in the wilderness, the disciples saw the hopeless situation as a negative, they were like the guy here in the picture, hoarding what he has. They spoke up and said, “Send the people away.” But Jesus said, “They need not depart”,  In other words, they’re in the right place for a miracle, if you will operate the key that you have in the midst of this mess, instead of hanging on to what will never meet your need anyway.

Matthew 16:25 “For whoever would save his life must give itaway, but whoever gives his life away for my sake will find it”.                                            You’ll find that you’re standing in miracle territory!

We live in a kingdom within a kingdom, and we must understand that the spiritual kingdom doesn’t operate the same as the physical kingdom. But the spiritual kingdom is able to override and overwhelm the physical kingdom. “Supernatural” means exactly that, to supersede the natural…

The Psalmist says it well in Psalms 30:11 “You have turned my mourning into dancing, You have turned my sorrow, into joy, and girded me (or upheld me) with gladness.”                                                                                                                             The earthly kingdom is “gimme, gimme. My name is Jimme” but God’s kingdom, is “He that is greatest, is the servant of all”…                          The physical kingdom, is “I did it my way”….. God’s kingdom is “not my will but thy will be done”….                                                                                                 The physical kingdom, is for the applause of men and personal gain…. The spiritual kingdom operates for an audience of one! Let’s choose THE ONE! Lord we honor, and exalt and live for You!!! We don’t deserve it, but you loved us, and gave your all for us anyway!

Let’s let God be God in the situation, And don’t stop moving in faith and speaking faith, because we don’t see anything happening…. My timing is not God’s timing, and my ways are not His ways, and my thoughts are not His thoughts…. That is what faith does, because that’s what faith is…. Paul says in Hebrews, “It is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen”….

Romans 3:4 tells us “Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: So that You, oh God, may be proven right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”

We are a fast food society. Everyone is rushing somewhere. We have drive through, and microwave, our food and groceries delivered at our door, we expect things on our plate instantaneously. Most kids don’t know where milk comes from, or the meat they eat.                                                 They are terrified when they realize they have eaten, Daisey the cow, or Porky Pig… Google tells us everything, we don’t even have to even think anymore!                                                                                                                                  But seeds aren’t instant, they take time to grow.  They don’t grow in a day.  There are appointed times and seasons…. God is processing a lot of things in each season and each delay in our lives…                                                                                     The same is true of the seeds we plant with life in the Spirit.  Sometimes we don’t see the results right away. There are some seeds whose fruit we will never see in our lifetimes.                                                                            There is a legend of a man who loved apples and he wanted everyone to enjoy them the way he did. Johnny Appleseed’s actual name is John Chapman, and he was a real man, who went across the nation sowing apple seeds and preaching the gospel. Behind him, he left a trail of apple trees and believers in Christ. Generations after him enjoyed the apples and the Christian life, but Johhny never saw the apples or believersgrow up and bear fruit, and he was content to lay the foundation and plant the seeds for both. 

Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth remains, there shall be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease”…

That tells us there is plenty of room for pouring, and sowing and expecting miracles to take place…..

We are assured, by God Himself, that the seeds will grow if we’re willing to plant them.  So don’t give up. Keep on sowing…. Don’t faint from exhaustion and despair.  You will reap the rewards of what you sow.                                                                Count on it…..God has entered into covenant with you about your seed, and He is a covenant keeping God.                                                                    

In 1975, we were in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and I was pastoring there at Faith Assembly, but I felt God calling us to Florida, to continue my College education, and it would not let me go. So after much prayer together, I bought a 1969 VW van for $500.00 with no floor in it, (the floor had rusted out), so I bought some 1 inch thick plywood, built a frame, laid in a floor, and we packed everything we could in that van, along with the two boys, and set off for Florida.                                                                                                           We planned on settling in Lakeland, where I could continue college, but every door closed for us, so We went on to Miami. We got there on a Saturday, with our last $50.00 in our pocket. Wewent to Winnie’s uncle Franklin’s home and stayed that night, then went with him to the church, where he was attending, on thatSunday. We had only given him a couple days notice that we were going to stop by for a visit. He didn’t know that we had all our earthly possessions in our van, plus our two boys.                                                                                                            Following the church service, a man walked up to me, who was a friend of Franklin’s and handed me a set of keys. I asked what they were, and he said, “These are the keys to my house. When Franklin told me who you were, I wanted you to live there.” Think about it, a major city, with thousands of people looking for housing, and I get handed a house, without even looking…..I found out that he was retiring and moving to Lake Okeechobee, to spend the rest of his life fishing. We went by to see the house after lunch, (no hurry you know) and found a beautiful home with a large yard, (the grass was like carpet) completely furnished, even the dishes, utensils, Television, sheets and bedspreads, and yard tools. All we needed was our clothes…. All he was taking was their clothes. And it was walking distance to schools. Then he told us, all he wanted was $100.00 a month.                                                                                                        We could have given up, walked away from the ministry, I could have just gone back to meat cutting, and said, it wasn’t meant to be. But God said “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen”…. God asked us, what do you have to give me, so I can do a miracle? I gave him a $500.00, 1969 VW van, and He did a miracle….

Someone is on miracle ground today. Just operate the key that you have been given to use. Don’t talk yourself out of what you know God is telling you to do. If you obey, the miracle will follow. Don’t miss your miracle trying to reason it out. God has already madeprovision for your miracle as you are faithful to believe when youdon’t see anything but His covenant with you, that it shall come to pass.

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.

One of the things the story of the widow tells all of us, is that we all have something that can produce miracles…. We may not have much, but we all have something we can pour out and release our miracle….

In the feeding of the 5000 who were out in the wilderness, following Jesus, the miracle could not have occurred if a little boy had not poured in his little lunch. He poured in what he had and took home 12 baskets full. Everyone received from his miracle…                                                                                                                               Man, can you imagine his mom, when he comes home, with 12 disciples following him, each one carrying a basket full of food….                                 Jesus is telling us here, that there is always something we can pour in, no matter what the situation, to produce a miracle!                                                It's important to note, that the 5000 were so hungry for Jesus, they forgot to eat. They were so caught up in pursuing Him, that their spiritual hunger was greater than their physical hunger. Their desire for the kingdom of God, was greater than their physical need…They were willing to walk away from everything to be where Jesus was. He took priority over everything else on their schedule….

This is the only miracle that is recorded in all four of the gospels….                               Why four gospels? To give us a complete picture of Jesus and His ministry from four different perspectives.Your miracle will look different than someone else’s…..                                                                                                   Matthew was a tax collector, Mark was a missionary, Luke was a doctor, John was a fisherman…. Matthew wrote to the Jews, Mark wrote to the Romans, Luke wrote to the Greeks, and John wrote to the whole world. Matthew was prophetic, Mark was practical, Luke was historical, and John was Theological.                                                                                             Matthew showed Jesus’ lineage as rightful king of the Jews, the summary of his book would be “Behold Your King”…. Mark showed Jesus as the servant of the Lord, and his book could be summed up as “Behold, My Servant”…. Luke pictured the Son of man as a Kinsman-Redeemer to the whole human race…Over his book could be written, “Behold, the man”… John stressed the deity of Christ and he wrote, “in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. Over his Gospel the words “Behold, your God.”

All four, writers, revealed His kingdom come to earth, bringing new spiritual options, faith, hope, miracles that were possible in this life, with possibilities that were beyond natural abilities, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven”….

The kingdom of God in the earth is an amazing picture of God working through ordinary men and women to reveal His power….

When Jesus turned water into wine, he needed someone to fill some pots with water…..As they poured in, what they had, Jesus was able to pour out a miracle….and water turned into wine….

When the disciples caught the boat sinking load of fish, they had to throw in the nets, and God provided the fish…. They put something in and brought out a miracle. Where’s your net?… what is your net?….throw it in…

The net of obedience, the net of love and compassion, the net of helping and caring, the net of encouragement and friendship…. All of these hold the potential of a miracle…We’ve all got a net we can throw in and watch God do a miracle…..The question which the prophet asked the widow, is still hanging in the air….. what do you have in the house, what is the key that you have already been given, that will release your miracle?

2 Corinthians 9:8 “Then God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 

The following letter was found in a jar tied to the handle of an old pump that offered the only hope of drinking water on a very long and seldom-used trail across the Saharah Desert:

"This pump is all right as of June I put a new washer in it and it ought to last five years. But when the washer dries out, the pump has got to be primed. Under the white rock I buried a bottle of water, out of the sun and the cork end up. There's enough water in it to prime the pump, but not if you drink some of it first. Pour about one fourth and let it soak in and wet the leather. Then pour in the rest medium fast and pump like crazy. You'll git water. The well has never run dry. Have faith. When you git watered up, fill the bottle and put it back like you found it for the next feller." – Signed….Desert Pete

"P.S. Don't go drinking up the water first. Prime the pump with it and you'll get all that you can hold."

Now, If you were a lonely traveler shuffling down that parched desert trail with your canteen bone dry, and your throat parched, would you want to do the priming before, or satisfy your immediate craving. Your thirst would probably not motivate you to prime the pump with the water in the bottle, perhaps the only water that might be available. But you understand the fact that old pumps have to be primed. It's a gamble, and the needs of many who will come after you hangs in the balance, based on whither you candelay your immediate gratification…..What do you do?

This story illustrates an important principle: The principle of before. The lonely traveler had to prime the pump before all the water flowed, but if they poured in first, they would find an endless supply.

The before principle manifests itself in everyday life. There are battles before victory. There are struggles before celebration. There are steps before arriving. There is practice before perfection. There is preparation before completion. There is discipline and studybefore graduation.

Over and over in Scripture this pattern is repeated: The Israelites had to march into the Jordon river, before God parted it. Namaan had to wash seven times in the water before God cured him of leprosy. Gideon had to reduce his army from 32,000 down to 300 before God would deliver them from the Midianites. The 5 loaves and 2 fishes had to be released, before Jesus multiplied them. Peter had to obey Jesus to row out again, after catching nothing all nightin the nets, before he caught a boatload of fish. In the story of the woman who only had a little oil, she gathered every empty pot that she could find from all her neighbors, before she began to pour, and as she poured, all the emptiness was filled. 

Maybe God is telling us, that it’s time to pour into the emptiness of the folks around us, and as we do the pouring, God will do the miracle.    Wow, God doesn’t require a lot for miracles…. Someone to pour what they have and just find some emptiness to pour into….

But notice, that when there were no more pots, the oil stopped. You know what I believe…. There is another principle at work….                                        There will be miracles as long as there is emptiness….There are miracles waiting to take place all around us, because everywhere I look, I see emptiness. What do you have in your house…. Start pouring…..God is waiting to do miracles….all he needs is some emptiness to pour into, and I think we all have something we can use to start pouring, somewhere in our lives. We all can easily find emptiness to start a miracle flowing.

I have a word for someone…. ”You have wondered why nothing has happened yet. You have declared and decreed, you have said " not my will but thine be done". You have surrendered and submitted, and now there is a deadline. You are wondering if you have missed God, but I heard Him say, "it's not over and I'm not done yet, I have only begun". People and circumstances are lining up and you're about to see it. First the spark, then the flame, first the shadow then the image. It's not over yet. I am sending a messenger who shall show you the plan. I'm not done, it's not over yet, I have just begun".

So everyone of us is standing on miracle ground!!! I want you to stand, and tell someone, “I believe you are standing on miracle ground.”

Let us close with the Song…. We are standing on holy Ground….

We are standing on holy ground, and I know that there are angels all around. Let us praise Jesus now, we are standing in His presence, on Holy Ground.

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Tuesday, May 21 2024

My Sunday morning message for May 12th, presented at Eagle's Rest Ministries, meeting in Key West, Fl. Join us each Sunday Morning in the auditorium of the Poinciana School on Kennedy dr. at 10:30 am, for a time of prayer, praise, worship and the Word. 
The title of my message today is.. "Worthy of Honor"…

Some of us have been raised in good Christian homes … HAVE wonderful parents … and maybe you ARE wonderful parents. I thank God for you … and you should thank God, too … AMEN? 
Everyone here either: HAS a mother …(and if you still have your mom with you, you should be very thankful and do all you can to show her how thankful you are)….. or maybe your mother has gone on to her reward, (you can thank God for the time you had with her, let her live on in the life you now live)…
or perhaps you are a mother, and we thank God for all of you. (you are the hand that rocks the cradle and shapes the world) … You may be MARRIED to a mother (That means you are the guardian, and the protector of generations) … and if you don’t fit in any of those categories, everyone KNOWS a mother. Motherhood has affected all of us in 1 way or another.
Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, ages and nationalities… MangayammaYaramati, gave birth to twins at 74 years of age. (still not as old as Sarah in the bible who gave birth to Isaac at 90 years old) But quite an accomplishment, this was her first child…. 
Annegret Raunigk from Germany, gave birth to quadruplets at age 65
Lina Marcela Medina is a Peruvian girl who became the youngest confirmed mother in history. She gave birth at the age of five years old. Two other girls at age 6 became mothers as well..
Did you hear about the oldest living mother? In SAN AGUSTIN, El Salvador - Friends and relatives of Cruz Hernandez gathered to celebrate her 128th birthday, a milestone that might make her the modern world’s oldest mother, as well as the oldest person in contemporary times. She gave birth to 13 children. She now has 60 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great grandchildren.
However Johanna Mazibuko of South Africa, is now contesting the title, since she is 10 months older than Cruz. and now, she is thought to be the oldest woman alive… And now we find that there are several other 128 year olds, so the contest goes on…. (the fight of the century)
Someone has said that the reason God doesn’t give babies to most women over 50 is because they are likely to put them down and then forget where they put them.
Well, those are spectacular cases of motherhood, but every mom and motherhood itself, is a journey of the spectacular!
My Mom’s large family of brothers and sisters and their families, were always dropping in, eating, and going on their way. Our home was a hub of activity, and our doors were always open. Once a month, we would have an outdoor feast with the whole tribe and it was not unusual to have over 100 family peeps show up at these monthly gatherings of the clan….
I can still remember my mother’s fried chicken and other dishes that I loved so well. Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy, (in our house every meal had gravy) I thrived on meat and gravy, spread over bread, with all the fixings…. 
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy about Timothy’s mom and grandmother and the rich legacy he had received from them…. I Timothy 1:3-5 “I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”
The seed doesn’t fall far from the tree it came from….so, moms keep watering the seed in prayer, with rejoicing, and thanksgiving in faith….
Prayer from Samuel’s mom, produced one of the greatest prophets in the bible…. Prayer changed Saul the murder and hatchet man for the Pharisees, into Paul the apostle and kingdom builder…. In all of Samson’s womanizing and rebellion, it was his mother’s prayers that brought him forth, and he became the deliverer of Israel….. Proverbs 23:22-25 “Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.”

I can recall as a teen, being out till 2:00 in the morning, and as I would try to quietly sneak in the front door, which was next to mom’s room, I would always hear her quietly say, “Are you OK, I’ve been praying for you”….
Listen, you may push past a lot of stuff, that God is trying to use to guide your life, but you can’t get past your praying mom’s knees and you can’t get over them either!
Proverbs 31:28 “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, praise her.”…….. 
If God says it, then you should claim it mom! All things are still possible with God. He’s talking about your family… 
Believe it, Expect it, Begin to praise Him for it!
Motherhood that leaves God out of the equation is like a submarine with screen doors, it just doesn’t do anything to keep the destroyer out…. 
I realize that not all mothers, have been good moms. I can’t begin to imagine what kind of mother the infamous, atheist mom, Madalyn Murry O’Hair was to her children. In any interview I ever saw of her, she was a hateful, vindictive, spiteful acting woman. 
What a horrendous mother she must have been! I’m sure that her children never called her “blessed.” She disowned her own son, She, her son, and her granddaughter were found murdered, and dismembered. But how faithful the Holy Spirit is, to call her other son, Bill Murry into the ministry as a Baptist Pastor, who was spared, and exposed much that went on in the confines of the Murry house hold, and became an active spokesperson against the American Atheists movement. She actually drove him to Christ, with all her venom and aggression against God and the Christian community, she showed him there must be a better way. 
Praise God, He can even use bad examples to bring us to Himself! 
President Abraham Lincoln said, "All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." Lincoln asked his mom to assist him in writing the famous “Gettysburg Address”, that was pivotal in the Civil war conflict, and is recognized as one of the greatest speeches in history…..
President George Washington said, "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."
President Andrew Jackson said, "There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness. The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only thing I had to start life with, and on that foundation, I have made my way”. Jackson’s entire family died by the time he was 14 years old. And he was on his own. 
Someone wrote: “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but they hold their hearts forever." 
If you were to write a tribute of praise to your mother, what would you write, and what would you say, perhaps it’s something we should do this Mothers Day, even if our moms are no longer with us?
I know one thing I would write: “Thanks, Mom, for loving me when I was so unlovable. Thanks for loving me when I didn’t deserve it.” Because of my mom, I can quote the next scripture…. Psalm 23:6 “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”.
A mother’s love is so much like the love of Christ…. A mom loves her child before they are born, while they’re still in the womb. 
We honor that in our moms…..He knew us while we were still in the womb and had a plan for our lives… Isn’t that just like a Mother…..
Proverbs 31:25 Says of Moms, "She is clothed with strength and HONOR, she can laugh at the days to come.” 
Honor is something we do for someone else, so this indicates that someone clothed her with honor….You don’t ask or require that, it comes without having to ask….If you have to ask, then it’s not genuine…. If you were to ask any mom, if she expects obedience from her children, she would say yes. But she would prefer honor over obedience. What is the difference in obedience and honor? With obedience, you do what you were told to do… With honor, you do it without being told because you honor that person. 
We obey God, but how much greater is it to Honor Him… To do what we know that He would have us do, without having to be told….
Someone said, “God can tell us something several times, and we still ask, “how do I know it’s you Lord”… “but satan can say something one time and we believe him immediately!!” We begin to worry, and doubt and act out in unbelief…. It is those who Honor God, who are privileged to walk with Him at another level of intimacy, which most do not know. It’s the difference in the outer court, and the Holy of Holies. It’s the difference in the 120 followers or the 12 disciples or the inner 3… Lord, help us to Honor you more!
If your mom is still alive, don’t just give her obedience, but give her honor. Don’t wait till she asks you, do it without being asked. 
Today we honor moms who have gone to their reward as well. We strive to do what we know they would expect of us. To contribute, and to live in such a way that it would give them honor. We honor them by keeping them before future generations so they have good memories of their Grandma and great grandma. 
Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.”

My grand kids, love to hear stories of my mom and Winnie’s mom, stories of our experiences together with them. The stories we tell them, allows them to know someone and have a connection with the family they never met personally….But they need to meet them and learn to honor them through us….If we honor one another, our children will learn honor. If we have roast pastor, and marinated church members for dinner and snacks, then our children and grandchildren will never learn honor! 
We are promised a special reward when we honor our moms….and it’s something that one size fits all…. Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you." 
Can anyone here use some of that?!!
A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their school clothes, playing in the mud. 
The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.
Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over. In the front room the youngest child was watching TV, which was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was covered with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, etc.
He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened.
He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door from a faucet left on. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more clutter all over the floor. 
Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls and the faucet was left running…
As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, ’What happened here today?’ She again smiled and answered, ’You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I did all day?’ ’So what does that have to do with anything’ was his incredulous reply.
She answered, ’Well, today I didn’t do it. See the difference!” It’s easy to take for granted what you do not honor….. Proverbs 31:31 "Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
I’ll tell you, that having to pick up the slack over the last several weeks because of Winnie’s back pain that has restricted her activities, has caused me to appreciate and highly honor what she does day after day. 
Proverbs 31:28–29 "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 'Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'" (That’s about recognition and honor)
God gives a special promise to mom’s, and it should be a source of peace and contentment to all moms…. Isaiah 66:13 "As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you." That means, in the same way you comforted, you shall be comforted…
The dictionary defines “Comfort” as “a state of physical ease and freedom from pain, the easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress, a state or feeling of being less worried, upset, or frightened, during a time of trouble or emotional pain, to make life easier and more pleasant for someone, to strive to help someone have what they need, to know that someone has your best interest in mind”.
Moms, God says that this is what He will personally do for each mom!
Thank God for women who are like second moms in our lives….
Paul writes this… Romans 16:13 “Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.”
That person to me was my aunt, Ruthella. I could ask her anything, and share anything with her. She never reacted or was shocked at the things I shared. But she always gave me an honest, straight forward answer, which made me feel that she really understood me. I could never talk to my mom about sexual issues… that word “Sex” was banned from our house. I wondered sometimes how she had children!!! But Ruthella was always open to my questions about girls, sex, my fears, my confusions, and my life in general…. She was my second mom. 

Everyone can be a mom, whether they have children or not… As a matter of fact, this is the way Paul taught in scripture, that it should be …. 
Titus 2:4-8 “Let the older women, who are more experienced, train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to live honorably with their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely”.
Hey, when I was growing up, every woman in the church and our family, had the permission to box my ears, and spank my butt…. I had a lot of 2nd mothers!! It took a village to keep me on the straight and narrow!
Four ministers were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked the King James Version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another liked the American Standard Version best because it is more literal and comes nearer to the original Hebrew and Greek. 
The third liked the more modern New International translation best. The fourth minister was silent. When asked to express her opinion, she 
replied, “I like my mother’s translation best. My mom translated the Bible into everyday life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.”
One poem says….
"She was just an old-fashioned mother, She did not pretend to be “smart.” To care for her home and her dear ones, Was the first wish of her heart. We were raised by the old-fashioned rules, so rarely employed today. And when we so richly deserved it, We were spanked in the old-fashioned way. “A good name is far better,” she’d say “Than all of the wealth of the nation, And truth is best any day.” She believed in the Bible way. She trusted in old-fashioned prayer; She told us that Jesus would hear us, any time, and anywhere. Thank God for an old-fashioned mother, For her Bible and old-fashioned prayer; For an old-fashioned faith that is looking, For our Lord in the air”. 
Eternity hangs in the balance…Let’s make a difference while we can in Jesus Name!
God bless you, mothers with His richest blessing and His generational blessing upon all of your family!

Closing prayer….. Loving Father God, bless these moms with strength and wisdom as they navigate through all the challenges of motherhood. Help them to put You first in everything they do, knowing that You will provide for their every need. Give these moms peace and joy in Your presence, and may they be a shining example of Your love to others. May Your Holy Spirit guide them in the choices they must make for their family. t them discernment and wisdom to lead each one on the right path, and help them to trust in Your plan for these precious lives in their care. Thank you for giving us loving and caring mothers, and if they’re still with us, continue to bless them with Your wisdom, favor and grace. Lord, help each mom to see herself as You see her – strong, capable, sufficient and dearly loved. Give them confidence in their abilities and remind them of all the wonderful things they have accomplished as a mother. May they find joy and fulfillment in serving You and raising their growing family. We ask and believe you hear and answer, In Jesus’ name, amen.

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