“Labor pain can’t be that bad!”

What a stupid statement. But two guys, Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno, were sick of women saying men could never handle the pain of child birth. So they were hooked to a labor contraction simulator to see if they could endure just two hours of labor pains. After just 15 minutes, Zeno said he couldn’t stand two hours of the pain. When asked to describe the pain, he said “I thought it was torture.” However, as painful as childbirth is, the most painful part of motherhood is raising children. Parenting is the most difficult job in the world. 

This Sunday I will be preaching “In Appreciation of Mothers” from Proverbs 31:10-31. I am beginning a sermon series (Mother’s Day thru Father’s Day) called, Family Life, about God’s wisdom into the relationships we have in our family. This Sunday is all about moms.

Reading through Proverbs 31 we get a sense of the difficulty of being a godly woman. If we were to just hit the highlights we would see that such a woman has character, is industrious, entrepreneurial, influential, and diligent. She is generous to the poor, raises her children well and her husband is respected in the community because of her. She loves God and has earned the respect of her husband, children and community. She is in every way a remarkable woman.

Perhaps rather than hold up this Scripture as a list of goals for a woman to achieve we might let it serve as a reminder that rarely does a godly woman receive the recognition she deserves. This Sunday we will  try to appreciate the mothers in our life. Honoring mothers is about respecting and remembering to express our love and gratitude for the impact they have had in our lives. The comfort, continual presence, labor and love give us a glimpse into the heart of a loving God. 

Thank you MOMS!!!

Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

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