John Barnett Discover the Book Daily Devotional
<< Discover the Book, with Dr. John Barnett

Discover the Book - May 26, 2007

  • 2007 May 26

Joy of a Word Filled Family Series





How to Encourage an Excellent Mother [Part 2]


This essential ingredient of mothering[4]  is captured in this paraphrase of I Corinthians 13: “If I talk to my children about what is right and what is wrong, but have not love, I am like a ringing doorbell or pots banging in the kitchen.  And though I know what stages they will go through, and understand their growing pains, and can answer all their questions about life, and believe myself to be a devoted mother, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give up the fulfillment of a career to make my children’s lives better, and stay up all night sewing costumes or baking cookies on short notice, but grumble about lack of sleep, I have not love and accomplish nothing. A loving mother is patient with her children’s immaturity and kind even when they are not; a loving mother is not jealous of their youth nor does she hold it over their heads whenever she has sacrificed for them.  A loving mother does not push her children into doing things her way.  She is not irritable, when the chicken pox have kept her confined with three whining children for two weeks, and does not resent the child who brought the affliction home in the first place. A loving mother is not relieved when her disagreeable child finally disobeys her directly and she can punish him, but rather rejoices with him when he is being more cooperative.  A loving mother bears much of the responsibility for her children; she believes in them; she hopes in each one’s individual ability to stand out as a light in a dark world; she endures every backache and heartache to accomplish that. A loving mother never really dies. 

·        As for home-baked bread, it will be consumed and forgotten;

·        As for spotless floors, they will soon gather dust and heelmarks. 

And as for children, well, right now toys, friends, and food are all-important to them.  But when they grow up it will have been how their mother loved them that will determine how they love others.  In that way she will live on. So care, training, and a loving mother reside in a home, these three, but the greatest of these is a loving mother.”

Why? Because of: Her Absolutely confident husband; Her Life devoted to serving others; Her Body focused on ministry for the Lord; Her Household has the highest priority; Her Children are her sacred trust from God that reap a harvest of praise and blessing; and Her Life’s Work offered in love produces the enduring praise of her family. How about it ladies? Are you patterning your life after God’s timeless portrait?



Who Were Some of the Other Great Mother’s of God's Word?

1.   EVE Kept Hoping in God’s Plan Genesis 4:1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.”

2.   Sarah Kept believing God’s Promises Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

3.   Hannah kept praying for god’s will 1 Samuel 1:13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.

4.   Ruth kept following god’s way Ruth 1:16 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.

5.   Mary kept treasuring God's Word Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. ( New International Version)

6.   Lois kept training god’s child 2 Timothy 1:5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 2 Timothy 3:15  and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

How Can I Love My Mother?

How can we really love our mothers? Just a few action items to do on the way home today:

  1. Let them make mistakes (Mary at the wedding in Cana; John 2:1-4) Moms aren’t perfect, just about though. They fail like we all do. But God is only concerned about two things: your response to His Word and how you finish up. Mary responded wonderfully to God's Word in Luke 1:38. Mary stayed with the Lord to the end Acts 1:14, and church history confirm that..
  2. Let them work through their grief (Mary sword pierce soul; Luke 2:34-35 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too." (NIV)

·        Part of life is pain. Part of motherhood is being so knit to your children their lives pierce your like a sword.

·        Things never turn out like we think at first they will. Sometimes they get better, sometimes they worsen. We need to live in the refreshing and liberating reality of God's Word.

·        Let’s start with the facts. There was no perfect family mentioned in the Bible. Not Mary and Joseph’s. No, their boys wanted Jesus done in. Yes, when the heat was on and the leaders were plotting against Hos life, those brothers sent Him into the fire! John 7:1-5     After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. 2 But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus' brothers said to him, "You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world." 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. (NIV). Certainly an imperfect family. We know James and Jude changed, but we are not sure about the others.

·        Let’s stop expectations of perfection. If  all your children follow the Lord you are blessed. If all do not, God understands. He has seen it in the lives of all His children from Eden onward.

·        Need I mention the families of Adam, Abraham, Eli, Samuel, David and so on? The only perfect parents in the Bible, had no children that we know of, like Paul and the apostles.

  1. Let them live on in our words  (Mary Luke 1; tell about them) That is what God does! Look at the Bible. The wonders of Mary, the devotion of Hannah, the care of Jocobed Moses’ mom, all remain. Every time I hear about Monica mother of Augustine, or Susanna Wesley mother of John and Charles, and you who faithfully love your children, pray for them and teach them about the Lord  . . . the influence of a distant life is touching mine today.
  2. Let them  know how they touched our lives Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: (NIV) Hannah was in Mary’s family tradition and so she spoke of her, keeping her life at work. The Bible says in Hebrews that one who lives a life for God lives on by their life testifying about God's grace. Today before you get to the car if your mom is with you think of a way she has touched your life. Maybe it is her loving smile, her gentle voice, maybe it is the soft yet strong touch of her hands. Can you let her know how her prayers or phone calls or letters have touched you? How about her cooking great meals, sewing those buttons, cleaning your room or always having a loving shoulder to cry on? Surely this is only the start. Not just today should you call and tell her, do it all throughout the year. Rise up and call her blessed! 


For more from Discover the Book Ministries, please visit

More Discover the Book, with Dr. John Barnett Articles