Kenneth W. Hagin
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May. Read what other U.S. presidents have said about their mothers.
“All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all of my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her” (George Washington).
“All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life” (Abraham Lincoln).
“From my mother I learned the value of prayer, how to have dreams and believe I could make them come true” (Ronald Reagan).
George W. Bush said, “Mothers are central to the success of the American family. Their love, dedication, and wisdom touch countless lives every day in every community throughout our land.”
Thank God for mothers. I want to recognize three things that can happen when a mother places her faith in the promises of God.
Number one, a mother’s faith can bring heaven to earth.
Luke chapter 1 tells the story of Mary’s faith bringing to pass God’s promise of a Messiah. I think one reason Mary was chosen was because she would believe what God told her. Notice her response to the angel when she was told she would conceive a child by the Holy Ghost who would be the Savior of the world. She said, “May it be to me as you have said” (v. 38).
Mary’s faith literally brought heaven to earth, but when any mother lives by faith in God, there will be “heaven on earth.” Children may be surrounded by humanist ideas, hatred, or even violence throughout their day, but when they come home to a godly mother, they can experience a little heaven on earth. Dad may be at work all day, striving to succeed in our competitive society, but when he comes home to a godly wife, he can experience a little heaven on earth.
Number two, a mother’s faith can produce a godly legacy that affects generations to come.
There are two aspects to a mother’s faith. First, she believes what God said in His Word. And, second, she believes in her children. Our mothers believe in us even when we don’t believe in ourselves.
My mom used to tell me, “Ken, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says. I believe in you, and with God’s help, you can do whatever you want to do!” I wouldn’t be preaching today if it weren’t for my mother.
Mothers have the privilege of bringing new life into the world, but they are also uniquely equipped to nurture and help a child grow. A mother’s influence on her children is far greater than even she may realize.
If you are a mother and you are wondering if your good example has taught your children anything, I want to assure you that it has. I want to encourage you to keep up the good work. Your faith is more powerful than you think!
Number three, a mother’s faith can change circumstances in life.
A mother’s faith can propel children to do things they never thought possible. A mother’s faith in her child can cause him to succeed where he would otherwise fail. That is why it is so important for moms to believe in their children and speak positive, faith-filled words over them.
Did you know that if it had not been for a mother, we may not have electric lights today! When Thomas Edison was a young boy, his teacher sent him home with a note that said, “Your child is dumb; we can’t do anything for him.”
Mrs. Edison wrote back, “You do not understand my boy. I will teach him myself.”
She did—and the results were world-changing!
Where would we be without the love, prayers, and support of our mothers? I encourage you to take time to thank your mother for her faith—the faith that brings heaven to earth, gives you a godly legacy, and changes your circumstances for the better.
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