NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
mothers, Unselfish servants
Mothers are expected to give of themselves without murmuring or complaining
they re expected to always be there
regardless of a child's actions, decisions, they are there to cry with them when others turn away.
There is a oneness because of the nine months of pregnancy that bonds the mother and child.
There is none closer than those connected to their moms. (a "spiritual" umbellical chord
A sacrificial, agape, unconditional not demanding love in return
Created by God with a special unique love, deeper than that of a father
Many mothers go unappreciated
Proverbs 31:10- Who can find a virtuous woman...
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Verse 6 focuses especially on her wisdom and kindness
She can't have a true love for the seed planted into them.
Real love comes from a relationship with God!
The latest arguments concern "Then does life begin. LIfe begins at conception.
Psalm 139 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Jeremiah 1 before you were conceived I knew you
Recognize that we must train up a child in the way he should go.
There is a plan and a purpose for every child.
stewardship, grace and wisdom for godly mothers
great blessing of motherhood
unselfish servant' hearth to bring a new life into the world
Her physical appearance changes, where there is sacrificial, emotional
travail and pain of childbirth to bring a new life into the world.
He provides the closest bond after birth to nurture.
3 women who did not quit -
2 single moms - challenges with their children in crises
through death, divorce, widowhood
descriptions of great women by humanity
made by God
Debprah, Rahab, Ester, Ruth, Mary Magdalene, Mary he mother of Jesus
some not identified by name but by locality (where they were from)
Women not recognized by name but by their faith, their trust in God.
Recognize the fact that God knows you, he recognizes your faith.
God's word is not limited to power
Resist fear of God compassion on those in need
fruitful, nurturing to children
1Kings 17 he widow-woman
Ahab and Jezebel ruled over the kingdom
Prophets of Baal, works of darkness, false gods and Baal worship
Elijah asked, "How long will you halt between two opinions?....
1 Kings 18:21. “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow h
Three and a half years of famine were pronounced upon them because of their worship of false gods.
Verse 8 God commanded a widow woman to sustain the prophet
She was already talking to God.
God chose this widow of all widows!
He tested her to see whether she would obey
She had to take a step of faith.
She had to make sure her son was taken care of
Elijah assured her with what the Lord had said. "the cruse of oil shall not fail"...on1 Kings 17:14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
Our trust in God is paramount. He will take care of you!
She received blessing for her household and also received the same son raised from the dead later. God made sure that she had provision in the midst of famine.
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