What I Learned From my Mother

I hope that all the mothers out there had a good Mother’s Day. I hope that each one of you felt loved and appreciated.

 

I love my mom! She has done so much for me throughout my life that I know I could never repay her! If their is one thing I strive to do with my life, it is too make my mother proud of her son. I never want to bring heartache and disappointment to my mom, although I have and I know she has forgiven me time and time again. I just want my mom to know that I love her!

 

This past week I have spent much time pondering what I have learned from my mother and I came up three things that covers everything! 

 

The first lesson I learned from my mother is hard work. She taught me that if you work hard you will have what you need, maybe not everything you want but definitely what you need. My mom worked from dawn to dusk everyday. She was a mother at home taking care of her husband and three children. She was a teacher at school, instructing young children in the basics of knowledge. She was an accomplished seamstress who worked part-time sewing and making puppets. She is a lady of many talents who is always where she is supposed to be, doing the job she is supposed to do. Hard work never scared my mom and she made sure that her kids weren’t scared of it either. I know that I have made it this far in life because of hard work and I learned it from my mother.

 

The next lesson I learned from my mother is how to be humble. I’ve seen many times where my mom probably should have been recognized for something she did but she wasn’t; that never stopped my mom though, she just kept on going. She didn’t need the praise and attention of man to keep her doing her job, she just did it because she loves what she does. My mom never forced herself into the spotlight, she never tried to draw attention to herself. My mom has a humble spirit, she just wants to serve and be a blessing to others whether she is recognized or praised or not. I want to be like my mom and just be a humble person, I don’t have to be recognized to do something great. I don’t have to be praised to keep on going. I do what I do because I love what I do.

 

The last major lesson I learned from my mom is how to live holy. She practiced what she taught and she taught what she practiced. My mother didn’t live on both sides of the fence! She lives a holy life pleasing unto the Lord. I’m sure she would be the first to tell you that she isn’t perfect. As a child, I saw a mother who put God and the things of God first. I saw my mom reading her Bible many times, I saw her pray, I saw her serve God on a daily basis. I never had to worry about hearing a cuss word come from my mom’s mouth. I never had to worry about alcohol and cigarettes being in our home. I never had to worry about the filth of the world being in our home. My mother tried to make our home a holy house that was pleasing to God. 

 

I learned many things from my mom and I’m thankful that I was able to learn from her throughout my life. I believe the best gift a child can give back to their mother is that of making them proud. I want my mom to be proud of me, I want to bring honour to my mother. I hope that as I live my life and take care of my family and serve God that people can look at me and say that I must have had a good mother!
And the best thing my mother taught is how to find a wife with these same qualities! My wife is a great mother to my baby girl! I love my wife as she is the glue that holds our family to together!

 

I love you Mom!!

 

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Proverbs 31:28



Two Ears, One Mouth

“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

Proverbs 17:28KJV

 

This verse popped up as the verse of the day on my Bible app. Whenever I see this verse, it reminds me of a little saying that goes something like this “God created you with two ears and one mouth, so He wants you to listen more than you talk.” 

 

The tongue is what gets most people in trouble most of the time. James says that no man can tame the tongue. If we always said what we felt like saying we would have no friends, no job, nothing…all because no one would want to be around us with an unbridled tongue! The only way we can tame our tongue is let God take control, let God take the reins of our tongue. If God controls our tongue and we only say what He would have us to say, I guarantee you will cut down on the problems you have in life. You will have better relationships with your family, at the church house, even on the job site if you only say what God wants you to say.

 

Have you ever wondered why you can’t hear God talk to you? Do you feel like God is never there when you need Him? Maybe it’s because you have too much talking going on in your life. Maybe you’re never quiet long enough to hear God speak. Maybe it’s the noise of the world that you are involved in drowning out the voice of God. It is good to stop everyday and be quiet, turn everything off and allow God to speak to you through His Word and the Holy Spirit.

 

Two ears, one mouth….always remember it’s better to listen twice before you talk once.
 
 

Mountain Dew’ers in the Bible Pt. 2

The first Mountain Dew’er I want to bring to your attention is Noah.

Noah and the Mountain of Faith

Noah has become one of my favorite Bible characters over the last few months. The lessons we can learn as a Christian on how to live in the last days are amazing.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5 
God looked down out of Heaven and saw an earth full of people made in the image of Himself but living like the devil. In vs. 7 it says that the Lord was grieved in His heart. God was sad that he had created man, that man would turn his back on Him and not even acknowledge that he was God. He was so grieved that he set out to destroy man from the face of the earth.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8
God in his anger and sadness of how mankind how turned their back him noticed ONE man, Noah. Noah amidst all the wickedness and evil on the earth walked with God. Noah’s FAITH in God played a big part in his life. He wasn’t worried about what was going on in the world around him, he wasn’t concerned that he was the only one walking with God, He just continued to walk with God.

Make thee an ark of gopher wood;” Genesis 6:14
Can you imagine the thoughts running through Noah’s head when God told him to build an ark? Can you imagine the questions that Noah had? Noah’s FAITH was on display as he put those first two pieces of wood together to start building. He had no idea what was going to happen. These are probably some of the questions that were running through Noah’s head…
      – What’s an ark?
      – What’s a flood?
      – How is something that big supposed to float?
      – God seriously wants me to get on this thing with all these animals?

Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” Genesis 6:22
Although it all sounded ridiculous, Noah had faith that God knew what He was talking about and he obeyed the commands of God. He built the ark according to God’s blueprint, loaded it according to God’s instruction and fulfilled all the commands of God. The world around Noah continued to live wickedly, they mocked him and told him he was crazy; yet Noah remained faithful to God.

The rain started to fall…

The flood waters started to rise…

God shut the door of the ark…

The wicked people realized they were on the wrong side of the door…

Only Noah and his family were saved, because of Noah’s faith…

And God remembered Noah” Genesis 8:1
This is one of my favorite phrases in the Bible. During the flood and the rain, God never forgot about Noah. God made the waters abate and soon enough the ark came to rest. “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the MOUNTAINS of Ararat.” Genesis 8:4
Noah, because he was FAITHFUL, came out on a mountain. Noah was FAITHFUL to God and God was faithful to Noah.

Things to learn from Noah and the Mountain of Faith

1. In a wicked world, Noah still lived for and walked with God.
     We as Christians CAN continue to live a Christian life, holy and separated unto the Lord. We do not have to be like every one else and conform to the world. God is looking for that one person that no matter what is going on around them, that will still walk with God.

2. Noah didn’t understand what God had planned, but he still obeyed the commands of God.
    We may not understand everything that God has commanded us to do, but if we obey His commands we will be blessed. If Noah would have done one thing different, he would have not survived the flood. As a Christian, God has given us a blueprint on how to survive while living in this wicked world, forget to follow one command or try to do something your own way and life may end up in a flood of trials and troubles that you cannot imagine!

3. Noah ended up on top of a mountain because of the faith he had in God.
    The mountain top can only be reached after the troubles and trials. Noah built the ark for 120 years, he had faith in God for a long time and God rewarded that faith. We may not see the end or the light in our troubles and dark times but always remember that through everything that God puts us through, He has a mountaintop for us to stand on.

4. God remembered Noah.
    If you have faith in God, He will remember you. He will not leave you to sail through the storm on your on. He will not leave you to climb up the mountain by yourself. The Christian life is not always easy but the best thing about it is that God will never forget you. If you want God to be faithful to you, than you have to be faithful to God.

Do you have the faith that it takes to end up on the Mountaintop of Faith?

I can DO all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13