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THE MONDAY MORNING PREACHER’S PACKAGE
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SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY EDITION
 
                            
Section 1-  THE SWEETEST PLACE ON EARTH
Section 2-  THE DAY GOD MADE A MAMA!
Section 3-  MOTHER’S DAY GOODIES
Section 4-  MOTHER’S DAY JOKES
Section 5-  MOTHER’S DAY POEMS
Section 6-  MOTHER’S DAY SCRIPTURES 
 

SECTION 1
 
THE SWEETEST PLACE ON EARTH
by Eddie Lawrence, D.Min
 
INTRO: A preacher heard a famous preacher start a sermon, "Some of the best days of my life where spent in the arms of another woman!" The crowd hung in suspense. Finally he continued, "The arms of my mother." The crowd was relieved. 
The listening preacher thought, that was a powerful introduction. Deciding to try it himself the next Sunday with his own congregation, he began, "People I want you to know something. Some of the best days of my life were spent in the arms of another woman." The congregation gasped. Everyone stared toward the Pastor’s wife. Seeing this, he was shaken a bit. Trying to remember what to say next, he finally blurted, "But for the life of me, I can’t remember who she was!"
In the arms of our mother is one of the sweetest places on earth.  The great thing about this is that a Mother always wants to be close by to hold her children, especially when they are hurting. Think of Jesus in his greatest moment of pain…where was his mother. At the foot of the cross, doubtless with her arms yearning to hold him.
 
TEXT: John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.(NKJV)
TRANSITION: Yes, in the arms of our mother is one of the sweetest places on earth.  
Why? Because:
 
1. IT WAS ORDAINED OF GOD
 
God created woman as a "man with a womb." Your mother was created by God to equip and nurture you. God gave her what you would need to survive.
 
Remember all that God showed Mary about her child! It was all God’s plan. He has a plan for you too.
 
2. SHE HOLDS YOU BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO.

Illus – Most Wanted! The FBI keeps a “most wanted” list of the people they really want to catch. Now their motive is justice not love. But Mother wants us and her motive is love.
 
There is a yearning deep in the human heart to be desired by someone else. It is very powerful and compelling. When a person fills that need in a heart, it is easy to love. We enjoy being accepted and wanted.
 
Illus– Studies in the last century proved that babies left unattended in an orphanage would die from lack of human touch. We were created to respond to touch. A mother’s touch forms the foundation of so much of our emotional foundation. Unwanted children suffer. What a sweet place it is to be in the arms of a loving mother wanting life’s best for her child.
Don’t you know Mary wanted to hold Jesus. It was afterward, when his body had ceased breathing, that she was able to hold him.
 
3. YOU ARE AN EXTENSION OF HER LIFE.

In mother’s arms you represent the proof of the miracle of life. She carried you, she bore you, and she spends her life maturing you to release you to life. From there you will repeat the process with your own offspring. It is the way of God and the way of life.
 
The Bible says that God was thinking of you and the womb He created you in.
 
Psalm 139:
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[a]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.


4. SHE SEES IN YOU WHAT NO ONE ELSE DOES.

Like a painter who may confuse others while he is painting a canvas. Onlookers gawk and gaze trying to figure out what he is painting. What will it be? Yet, the painter sees it fully – in his mind.
 
It is something that is created within him first and placed before men later. It is the same with a mother. She sees in her child what others cannot see. The child proceeded from her. The child was created within her.
 
She always sees the best, the possibilities, the potential. That is why our mothers are our biggest cheerleaders.
 
They believe deep inside that we are winners.
 
In our failure they still see our potential, just like God did when he spoke over Adam and Eve in the Garden concerning their future redemption through a child of their own.
 
Mary pondered in her heart all the things she had seen. She came to Jesus at a wedding. He turned water into wine. She knew what was in him.
 
5. YOU ONCE AGAIN HEAR THE FIRST SOUND YOU EVER HEARD–HER HEARTBEAT.
 
Psalm 22:
“He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;
Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”
But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.
10 I was cast upon You from birth.
From My mother’s womb
You have been My God.
 

In our mother’s arms is a sweet place because we hear the heart we first heart when our own heart started beating.
 
Jesus looked down from the cross and told John, behold your mother. He wanted his Mom to have someone to hold and wanted John to hear the tender heartbeat of his Mom.
 
All through our lives, at times when our own hearts are broken, just leaning into mother’s arms, our hearts are revived as they sync with her heart. The heart so full of love , grace, mercy for us and believe in us.
 
CONCLUSION: So let me encourage each of us to give your mom a hug today.
 
If you are unable to visit her because of where she lives, give her a call and tell her you love her.
 
If she has passed on, then thank the Lord for her and her influence on your life.
 
And, if there be someone here whose relationship with your mother is not a loving one, then forgive and let it go, and be a giver of love to the people in your life, and still thank God for the woman whom He used to bring you into this world.
 
We all have cause to thank God for our mother. 

 
 
 
 
SECTION 2
 
THE DAY GOD MADE A MAMA
by Eddie Lawrence, D.Min.
 
(Based on Genesis 2:21-3:15)
 
TEXT: Genesis 2: 21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 3: Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
 
TRANSITION: Let us notice the following four observations of what the first woman possessed:
 
1. THE FIRST MAMA HAD DOMINION
 
If you hang around the kitchen you’ll see she’s still got it.
 
Seriously, if you want to see the dominion a woman carries–threaten her child! She will rise up and ready herself to take you out.
 
The instant willingness to die for another shows up the moment a mother’s sees her child in danger.
 
We often leave out the fact that both man and woman were given dominion in the garden of Eden. Acts 3:20-21 tells us that God is in the business of restoring all things and that would include bringing women back into their place of dominion along side of man as under regents in the earth. Every child knows that Mama has some dominion in her.
 
2. THE FIRST MAMA HAD A ONE ON ONE WITH GOD
 
Have you ever thought about the fact that in Genesis two, where we are told God created woman out of the rib from Adam’s side, that it says "God brought her to Adam." Before she met Adam, she had first met God.
 
A woman is not relegated to have a relationship with a man before she can rightly relate to God. Eve as Adam, had a relationship with God before she met her man.
 
If you think about it, woman was the last creative act of God in the six days of His creative activity. She crowned his work and He said it was very good.
 
JOKE: Of course there is that one wiseguy who said, God said man was not complete without a woman, so he made one and finished him off!
 
But the truth is, none of us would be here without a mother. She was chosen to be the vessel we arrived here in. God formed us in our mother’s womb. Awesome. God definitely works through mothers.
 
3. THE FIRST MAMA MADE A MISTAKE
 
None of our Mother’s are perfect.
 
When we think of our Moms, we should not isolate our thoughts to that day she got mad and took our toys away.
 
We must remember the millions of things she did to make sure we survived. For those of you who have a bad relationship and bad memories of your mother, let God give you the grace today to forgive, to let go, and to bless, so that you can be the person you need to be. Don’t pass it on!
 
4. THE FIRST MAMA WAS GIVEN A PROMISE FOR HER SEED
God told the serpent that the woman would have a seed that would crush its head. With her head hanging in failure, Eve heard a word from God that He would use her to topple Satan’s empire.
 
Mothers, stand on this word for your kids! Many a wondering child has found God because of the prayers of a knee bent mother who refused to allow the enemy to have her child.

Kids, recognize the authority your mother has in heaven because of the purposes of God for your life.
 
CONCLUSION: So let me encourage each of us to give your mom a hug today.
 
If you are unable to visit her because of where she lives, give her a call and tell her you love her.
 
If she has passed on, then thank the Lord for her and her influence on your life.
 
And, if there be someone here whose relationship with your mother is not a loving one, then forgive and let it go, and be a giver of love to the people in your life, and still thank God for the woman whom He used to bring you into this world.
 
We all have cause to thank God for our mother. 
 
 
 
SECTION 3
 
MOTHER’S DAY PREACHER GOODIES
(SELECTED INFO FOR THE PULPIT)
 
 
TOP FIVE SENTIMENTS MOTHER’S WANT TO HEAR
(FROM AMERICAN GREETINGS CARD COMPANY)
 
Let’s count down from five:
 
#5 Mother's Day Sentiment
The "little things" count… Spend some time thinking about the special things your mom has done that meant so much—always remembering your likes and dislikes, making sure you've got a sweater in case it gets cold and even keeping track of your belongings (especially your cell phone and car keys!) with a GPS-like accuracy.
 
#4 Mother's Day Sentiment
Walks down memory lane… Reminding mom of a special day spent together, the best advice she ever gave you, or the time she cut you some slack when you were having a hard time goes a long way in reinforcing the appreciation and love you are trying to express on Mother's Day. It always feels good to know that the time a parent invests in their child has made a positive impression on them.
 
#3 Mother's Day Sentiment
You listened! Whether she dropped a million hints or came right out and said that she'd just like to spend Mother's Day together, just knowing that you listened and took her request to heart means the world. At the same time, don't go overboard and try to make her plan her own day. Take her lead and snag those reservations or prepare her favorite meal—and do the dishes afterwards!
 
#2 Mother's Day Sentiment
Thank you… Of course your appreciation for mom runs deep, but taking the time to actually say thank you makes all of the sleepless nights (both when you were a baby and when she's up worrying nowadays) well worth it. Write it on your Mother's Day card to her and don't forget to say it to her throughout the day.
 
#1 Mother's Day Sentiment
I love you… It's the first sentence a parent practically pines to hear their child say, so shout it loud and proud on Mother's Day! It doesn't have to be effusive, grandiose, or in any way that feels out of character for you—those three simple words whether said, written, or expressed through your actions mean so much!
 
 
WHAT MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME!
My mother taught me LOGIC:
"If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can't go to the store with me."

My mother taught me MEDICINE:
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they're going to freeze that way."

My mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD:
"If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job!" 

My mother taught me ESP:
"Put your sweater on; don't you think that I know when you're cold?"

My mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE:
"What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you…Don't talk back to me!"

My mother taught me HUMOR:
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me." 

My mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT:
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up. 

My mother taught me ABOUT MARRIAGE:
"How do you think you got here?" 

My mother taught me about GENETICS:
"You are just like your father!" 

My mother taught me about my ROOTS:
"Do you think you were born in a barn?" 

My mother taught me about the WISDOM of AGE:
"When you get to be my age, you will understand." 

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION:
"Just wait until your father gets home." 

My mother taught me about RECEIVING:
"You are going to get it when we get home." 

And my all time favorite thing, JUSTICE:
"One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU… then you'll see what it's like."

 
 
THE STAGES OF MOTHERHOOD
Here is a light hearted presentation of what we all think about our moms, at different points of our lives. Don't get surprised because we all have the same tendency towards our mothers!

4 Years Of Age – My Mommy can do anything; 
8 Years Of Age – My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot 
12 Years Of Age -My Mother doesn't really know quite everything. 
14 Years Of Age -Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either 
16 Years Of Age -Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned 
18 Years Of Age -That old woman? She's way out of date 
25 Years Of Age -Well, she might know a little bit about it 
35 Years Of Age -Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion 
45 Years Of Age -Wonder what Mom would have thought about it 
65 Years Of Age -Wish, I could talk it over with Mom

 
 
 
SECTION 4
 
MOTHERS DAY JOKES
(Selected Jokes For Mother’s Day Use)
 
 
WHITE HAIR?

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?"

Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

 
 
Three sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. Getting back together, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother. 

The first said, "I built a big house for our mother." 

The second said," I sent her a Mercedes with a driver." 

The third smiled and said, "I've got you, both beat. You know how Mom enjoys the Bible, and you know she can't see very well. I sent her a brown parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took 20 monks in a monastery 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000.00 a year for 10 years, but it was worth it. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it." 

Soon thereafter, Mom sent out her letters of thanks: "Milton," she wrote the first son, "The house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house." 

"Marvin," she wrote to another, "I am too old to travel. I stay home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes. And the driver is so rude!" 

"Dearest Melvin," she wrote to her third son, "You were the only son to have the good sense to know what your mother likes. That chicken was delicious."

 
 
WHERE DID THAT BABY GO?

For weeks a six-year-old lad kept telling his first-grade teacher about the baby brother or sister that was expected at his house.

One day the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped telling his teacher about the impending event.

The teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, "Tommy, whatever has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?"

Tommy burst into tears and confessed, "I think Mommy ate it!"

 
 
A WOMAN LIKE YOUR MOTHER

Fred is 32 years old and he is still single.
One day a friend asked, "Why aren't you married? Can't you find a woman who will be a good wife?"
Fred replied, "Actually, I've found many women I wanted to marry, but when I bring them home to meet my parents, my mother doesn't like them."
His friend thinks for a moment and says, "I've got the perfect solution, just find a girl who's just like your mother."
A few months later they meet again and his friend says, "Did you find the perfect girl? Did your mother like her?"
With a frown on his face, Fred answers, "Yes, I found the perfect girl. She was just like my mother. You were right, my mother liked her very much."
The friend said, "Then what's the problem?"
Fred replied, "My father doesn't like her."
 
 
A NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILY

The newlywed wife said to her husband when he returned from work, "I have great news for you. Pretty soon, we're going to be three in this house instead of two."

Her husband ran to her with a smile on his face and delight in his eyes.

He was glowing of happiness and kissing his wife when she said, "I'm glad that you feel this way since tomorrow morning, my mother moves in with us."

 
 
 
 
SECTION 5
 
MOTHER’S DAY POEMS
(Selected)
 
 
 
ONLY ONE MOTHER

Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,
Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
Hundreds of lambs in the sunny weather.

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.

~George Cooper~

 
 
A MOTHER'S LOVE
There are times when only a mother's love 
Can understand our tears, 
Can soothe our disappoints 
And calm all of our fears.
There are times when only a mother's love 
Can share the joy we feel 
When something we've dreamed about 
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a mother's faith 
Can help us on life's way 
And inspire in us the confidence 
We need from day to day.
For a mother's heart and a mother's faith 
And a mother's steadfast love 
Were fashioned by the angels 
And sent from God above.
–Author Unknown
 
MOTHER'S DAY PRAYER
My mom, I love her 
And that's why I pray 
Not just today on this Mother's Day
But with each remembrance 
Of the love she's expressed 
My thankfulness to the Lord I've professed
For my life began 
In a warm and safe place 
Then grew more secure in Mom's tender embrace
When I was little 
She taught me to crawl 
Then to walk and run, and get up when I fall
Nurtured and cared for 
She raised me to stand 
Lifted, supported, by her loving hand
She believed in me 
Inspired me to dream 
Nothing was impossible for me, it seemed
It was her example 
That pointed the way 
To the life in Christ I know today
My mom, I love her 
On this Mother's Day 
She's the reason I'm taking this moment to pray
My mom, I love her 
Let her know, dear Lord 
Please bless her with the most abundant reward
–Mary Fairchild
 
 
 
 
SECTION 6
 
SOME MOTHER’S DAY SCRIPTURES
 
Exodus 20:12 
Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God will give you. 
(NLT)
Psalm 139:13 
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. 
(NLT)
Proverbs 14:1 
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
 (NIV)
Proverbs 18:22 
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD. 
(NASB)
Proverbs 31:10-12 and 25-31 
A wife of noble character who can find? 
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her 
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, 
all the days of her life.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; 
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, 
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household 
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; 
her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things, 
but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; 
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned, 
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
 (NIV)
 
 

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