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LOVE BEING MOM - May 11, 2006

This past Sunday, I attended church service at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church with Sarah, Todd and their family. The pastor’s message focused on persons of significance instead of persons of promise. Success in God’s kingdom depends on persons that the world hardly knows.

Do you recognize the name Mordicia Ham? He preached one of the most unsuccessful crusades in his life about the turn of the century. He was disappointed because only one 10-year-old boy gave his life to Christ, but he was significant to God’s world because that boy was Billy Graham.

What about Harriet Lane? Have you heard of her? James Buchanan was the 16th president of the U.S. and a bachelor. He had custody of Harriet, his orphaned niece, who served as his first lady in a very capable manner.

D.L. Moody was influenced by an obscure Sunday School teacher, who led him to Christ. His mother, a widow, always made sure he attended church and learned his Bible verses. Years later, it was said, “He took two continents and shook them for God.”

Sarah Johnston Lincoln was another influential mother. Her only recognition came because she was the stepmother of Abraham Lincoln. He described her as “a fine lady who was the guide of my life and taught me all I know about the Bible.”

All of these show that God uses persons of significance in quiet ways. Mothers are like this too. They do what has to be done, not expecting any reward or recognition.

The following is taken from an email message from Ernestine Brannon Keaton. Yes, you probably guessed that she is another member of the CCHS Class of 1955.

“Before I was a Mom, I never tripped over toys, worried about poisonous plants, change diapers, thought about immunizations, or worried about drools on my Sunday outfit.

I never looked into teary eyes and cried, or got silly over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours watching a baby sleep or held them just because “I enjoyed it.” I never knew that something so small would affect my life so much or that I could love someone so much.

I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body, or the frustration, heartache, joy of being a Mom. I never knew I would love being a Mom. I didn’t know that I was capable of so many feelings before I was a Mom.”

The dictionary gives the definition of mother as “a woman who gives birth to a child,” but it also says “to care for, instigate and carry through, also to watch over, nourish and protect.” This can include all of us!

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