In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley


 

Sunday May 1, 2005

Lessons My Mother Taught Me

2 TIMOTHY 3:14-16

 

The Word of God is filled with true stories about women who loved the Lord and who became role models for future generations. With the approach of Mother's Day, I want to share with you some of the meaningful lessons I learned from my mom.

 

Lesson 1: Loving God's Word and Prayer. As a child, I came to understand what was important to my mother by watching what she said and did. Etched in my mind are memories of her love for the Bible and her diligent prayer for me.

 

Lesson 2: Trusting God. Mom worked in a textile mill and made just enough to take care of us. Sometimes I would become a little frightened over whether we would have sufficient resources. She consistently responded by telling me to trust God—He would provide for our needs. She demonstrated a steady confidence in God.

 

Lesson 3: Obeying God. As a child, I knew that if I disobeyed my mother, discipline would follow. Obedience ranked very high in her book. By learning to follow her rules, I was being made ready to serve God.

 

Lesson 4: Treating Others the Right Way. My mom lived by the principle that you behave towards others the way you want to be treated. Even if she was wronged, she responded to people in a godly way, and she urged me to do the same.

 

No matter the age of your children, you can influence them through your prayers and your life as you seek to follow Christ. What spiritual heritage will you be passing on?

 

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