Ruga Mamei – Oricine esti, orice ai facut, nu e prea tarziu… si doua cantece superbe

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Poate esti un tinar, sau o tinara plecata departe de mama ta. Poate nu esti chiar asa de tinar sau tinara. Poate ai ajuns prin Italia, Belgia, America, Turcia sau cine stie pe unde si ai ajuns in niste locuri si situatii in care niciodata nu ai crezut ca o sa ajungi. Adu-ti aminte ca ai o mama care se roaga pentru tine si nu va inceta sa se roage pentru sufletul tau pana in ultima clipa a vietii ei, cind isi va inchide ochii. Daca ii va fi greu sa ii inchida, este pentru ca isi va da seama, ca dupa ce ea va pleca, nu se va mai gasi niciodata si nimeni, care sa se roage pentru sufletul tau cum s-a rugat si se roaga ea.

Cind ai cazut si oamenii s-au rusinat de tine, ea nu s-a rusinat. Cind toti te-au parasit si nu au mai dat nimic pe tine, ea te-a iubit si mai mult si si-a daruit tot sufletul ei si tot avantul ei, inspre incurajarea ta si pentru fericirea ta. Daca ar fi putut, si-ar fi dat chiar viata, in schimb pentru viata ta amarata, sau pentru viitorul tau. Iar, daca mama ta a plecat la cele vesnice, nu uita indrumarile ei si rugaciunile ei pentru tine. Oriunde te afli azi, adu-ti aminte de Dumnezeul ei si fa-L si Dumnezeul Tau.

Evrei 3:15 – ,,Astăzi, dacă auziţi glasul Lui, nu vă împietriţi inimile, ca în ziua răzvrătirii.`

Marcu 8:36 – Şi ce foloseşte unui om să cîştige toată lumea, dacă îşi pierde sufletul?

Ruga mamei

Uploaded by nitaviorel1 Cintare de Mihai Sinogaci:

Un copil bolnav ,mama-i linga el
inima din ea, suspina spre cer:

„Da-i Isuse sanatate, ajutor si har de sus
Da-i viata si de moarte sa-l feresti caci vreau nespus
sa-ti slujeasca cu jertfire, sa lucreze cu mult zel,
pin a fi a ta venire, sa te folosesti de el”

Baiatul crescu si rau deveni
Mama, iar si iar, in ruga veni:

Da-i Isuse cercetare, scapa-i sufletul de rau
Da-i viata si de moarte sa-l feresti caci vreau mereu
sa-ti slujeasca cu jertfire, sa lucreze cu mult zel,
pin a fi a ta venire, sa te folosesti de el”

Un barbat plingea, linga un mormint
Viata de pacat o sfirsi zicind:

Iarta-mi grelele pacate, scapa-mi sufletul de rau
Vreau viata si nu moarte, vreau sa fiu copilul Tau
Sa lucrez vreau cu jertfire, sa-ti slujesc Isus cu zel
Pin’ a fi a Ta venire, sa urmez cerescul tel.

Vino la Isus cu pocainta (Mihai Sinogaci)

Privind la a tale grele suspine
Privind la starea in care esti (in) prezent
Nu pot pasiv sa stau far’ a previne
Nu pot ca sa ramin indiferent

Esti constient c-al tau pacat te duce
In intuneric, bezna, suferinti
In iadul groaznic… stai te rog… asculta
Nu pentru tine el a fost gatit

El ne-a creat nu pentru chin si suferinta (vesnica)
Ci pentru ca noi sa-L slavim
La Dumnezeu, hai sa venim cu pocainta
A Lui dorinta este sa traim

Isus te iubeste, pentru tine sus pe cruce
El a murit; El s-a jertfit
Ca noi crezind in El s-avem iertare
la Dumnezeu, la Dumnezeu

Ti-e inima si trista si pustie
Si tulbura sub a tale poveri
Incredinteaza-ti viata doar lui Isus
Si vei scapa de tot ce este rau

Chiar nu esti obosit de-a ta-alergare?
De ingrijorari de goana dupa vint?
De ura, deznadejde, dar mai tare
De-a ta viata fara Duhul Sfint?

Isus te iubeste, pentru tine sus pe cruce
El a murit; El s-a jertfit
Ca noi crezind in El s-avem iertare
la Dumnezeu, la Dumnezeu
Acum tu esti in ceata neagra si robie
Impovarat, incatusat
De vii la Dumnezeu cu pocainta
In numele lui Isus vei fi iertat!

Isus te iubeste te rog NU UITA
Nu fi indiferent fata de viata ta.

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Emil Bartos – Idolul Spiritualismului

Emil Bartos-Conferinta „Idolii mileniului III”
Biserica Metanoia Arad
21-23 martie 2014

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Susanna Wesley, mamă a 19 copii – Fereşte-mă de rugăciuni nechibzuite şi pripite

Susanna Wesley a fost al 25 -lea copil la parintii ei si ea insusi a nascut 19 copii, dintre care doar 10 au supravietuit, doi dintre ei fiind fondatorii Metodismului si copozitori de imnuri – John si Charles Wesley.

„Fă-mă în stare, Doamne, să îmi adun Şi să îmi ordonez gândurile înainte să mă apropiu de Tine în rugăciune. Tu eşti prea măreţ pentru a putea fi luat în râs, prea înţelept pentru a fi tras pe sfoară de o închinare batjocoritoare şi deteşti o jertfă nesinceră. Ajută-mă să păstrez mereu vie amintirea desăvârşirii Tale, ca un nepreţuit sprijin împotriva purtărilor formaliste şi reci. Fereşte-mă de rugăciuni nechibzuite şi pripite şi de momente în care să mă refugiez în propriile preocupări sau plăceri, ca şi când niciodată n-aş fi cunoscut rugăciunea.” (Susanna Wesley, mama lui John & Charles Wesley)

Susanna Wesley este una dintre cele mai remarcabile figuri din galeria femeilor credinței. S-a născut în ianuarie 1669, fiind ultima din cei 25 de copii ai dr. Samuel Annesley. Tatăl ei, provenind dintr-o familie puritană, a absolvit Universitatea Oxford și a fost hirotonit ca păstor. El a învățat-o să citească și să gândească pentru ea însăși. Amintind-și de perioadă din copilărie, Susanna Wesley scria: „Am fost înconjurată de cărți bune și am învățat să am propria judecată„. Nu a mers la Universitate și nu a avut nici o educație formală; în secolul XVll acest lucru nu era posibil pentru o femeie. Susanna mărturisea: ”Daca Universitatea ar fi admis femei m-aș fi regăsit printre studenți, inclusiv printre dezbaterile teologice și tipăriturile școlii.” Soțul ei, Samuel, a absolvit Universitatea Oxford în 1688 și în noiembrie, același an, s-au căsătorit. Au avut 19 copii pe care Susanna i-a iubit foarte mult. La rândul lor, aceștia au iubit-o cu aceeași măsură. John mărturisea că atunci când avea 6-7 ani gândea că niciodată nu se va căsători “pentru că nu voi putea găsi o soție așa cum are tatăl meu”.

Și-a ținut casa cu foarte multă strictețe: dietă simplă, devoțiune în fiecare dimineață și seară, pedeapsă strictă dacă era cazul, supraveghere atentă a educației copiilor. Susana a fost perseverență în a-i învață pe copii Biblia, Latină, Greaca, anatomie, teologie, poezie. Valorile învățate în cămin au fost: toleranță și acceptarea celorlalți, compasiune față de săraci, iubire față de lume, generozitate, ospitalitate, prietenie, fidelitatea. SURSA (Citatul via Tim D)

Unde poate gasi o femeie adevarata valoare, implinire si fericire in viata?

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De ce are nevoie fiecare femeie?

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Femeile cauta  astazi, ca niciodata pana acum, implinire si scop in viata. Rolurile si functiile traditionale sunt puse sub semnul indoielii. Multe raspunsuri sunt date acestor intrebari. Unde poate gasi o femeie adevarata valoare, implinire si fericire in viata?

Ca fiica a guvernatorului unui stat american, am crescut intr-o familie bogata si de prestigiu. In anii de liceu si facultate am avut parte de multe onoruri si posesiuni materiale. Mai tarziu am devenit profesoara intr-o scoala de stat. M-am casatorit cu un jucator profesionist de fotbal american si am nascut trei copii. Si totusi, nu prin aceste experiente au fost implinite nevoile mele cele mai adanci.

Care sunt cele mai adanci nevoi ale femeii si cum pot fi ele implinite? Dumnezeu este Cel care a creat femeia, asadar El ii cunoaste cele mai adanci nevoi si numai El le poate implini.

O femeie are nevoie de dragoste

Numai Dumnezeu poate oferi dragoste neconditionata, care se sacrifica pe sine, o dragoste care urmareste binele ei suprem. Biblia ne spune: “Si dragostea nu sta in faptul ca noi am iubit pe Dumnezeu, ci in faptul ca El ne-a iubit pe noi, si a trimis pe Fiul Sau ca jertfa de ispasire pentru pacatele noastre” (1 Ioan 4:10).

O femeie are nevoie de siguranta

Deseori siguranta unei femei se bazeaza pe stabilitatea ei financiara, pe sotul ei, sau pe propriul ei succes in lume. Toate aceste lucruri se pot schimba. Numai Dumnezeu nu se schimba niciodata. “Iisus Hristos este acelasi ieri si azi si in veci!” (Evrei 13:8). Numai El poate oferi adevarata stabilitate si siguranta.

O femeie are nevoie de pace

Intr-o lume plina de schimbari, de presiuni si de probleme, unde poate gasi femeia pace interioara? Numai Iisus Hristos poate da pacea launtrica care nu depinde de circumstantele vietii. Prin El putem avea pace cu Dumnezeu. “Va las pacea, va dau pacea Mea. Nu v-o dau cum v-o da lumea. Sa nu vi se tulbure inima, nici sa nu se inspaimante” (Ioan 14:27).

O femeie are nevoie de scop

Dumnezeu nu a facut toate femeile la fel. El are un plan unic, cu un sens si un scop bine definite pentru fiecare dintre noi – un scop in viata potrivit pentru sexul nostru, potrivit darurilor si abilitatilor noastre, in sfera voii Sale si in conformitate cu Cuvantul Sau. “Recunoaste-L in toate caile tale, si El iti va netezi cararile” (Proverbe 3:6)

O femeie are nevoie de sentimentul propriei valori si demnitati

Lumea atribuie valoare frumusetii, inteligentei, talentului sau pozitiei sociale. Biblia spune: “omul se uita la ce izbeste ochii, dar Domnul se uita la inima” (1 Samuel 16:7). Valoarea noastra in ochii Lui se bazeaza pe caracterul vietii noastre si pe calitatile pe care El le dezvolta in noi pe masura ce ne incredintam viata Lui.

Nevoile femeii nu pot fi implinite cu adevarat, in cel mai adanc sens, decat daca cea mai mare nevoie a ei este implinita, si anume:

O relatie corecta cu Dumnezeu

Biblia spune ca din cauza pacatului lui Adam in gradina Eden, relatia corecta cu Dumnezeu a fost rupta. Astfel, toti ne nastem pacatosi. “Iata ca sunt nascut in nelegiuire, si in pacat m-a nascut mama mea” (Psalmul 51:5). “Caci toti au pacatuit, si sunt lipsiti de slava lui Dumnezeu” (Romani 3:23). “Plata pacatului este moartea” (Romani 6:23).

Dumnezeu este sfant si din aceasta cauza El nu poate avea o relatie cu barbati si femei pacatosi. “Cine poate sta inaintea Domnului, inaintea acestui Dumnezeu sfant?” (1 Samuel 6:20). Inaintea Lui nici un om nu este drept (Romani 3:20).

Multi cred ca putem avea o relatie corecta cu Dumnezeu daca incercam sa Ii facem pe plac, facand bine altora, mergand la biserica, sau doar crezand ca El exista. Biblia spune ca “cine pazeste toata Legea, si greseste intr-o singura porunca, se face vinovat de toate” (Iacov 2:10). Biblia spune de asemenea ca toate faptele noastre bune sunt ca o carpa murdara inaintea Lui (Isaia 64:6). Nimeni nu poate fi destul de bun pentru a fi placut lui Dumnezeu. Standardul Sau este perfectiunea. Singurul om care a fost destul de bun pentru a fi placut lui Dumnezeu a fost Iisus Hristos. El a venit pe pamant si a ascultat in mod perfect de Legea lui Dumnezeu; apoi, ca inlocuitor al nostru, El a murit pe cruce pentru ca sa plateasca pretul pe care pacatosii il datorau lui Dumnezeu pentru pacatul lor (1 Petru 3:18)

Poate ai auzit aceste lucruri toata viata ta si poate crezi ca sunt adevarate. Dar a le auzi si a crede ca sunt adevarate nu iti asigura o relatie corecta cu Dumnezeu.

In primul rand, trebuie sa recunosti pacatul tau si sa Ii marturisesti lui Dumnezeu ca esti un pacatos, despartit de El si destinat iadului. (Luca 18:13)

In al doilea rand, trebuie sa te pocaiesti de pacatele tale (Faptele Apostolilor 17:30), adica “sa le urasti si sa te lasi de ele pentru ca lui Dumnezeu nu ii plac.”

In al treilea rand, trebuie sa realizezi faptul ca numai Hristos, prin moartea Sa, a putut sa satisfaca dreptatea lui Dumnezeu si sa potoleasca mania Lui. Numai prin El poti fi iertat si mantuit de pacatul tau (1 Timotei 2:5-6)

In al patrulea rand, trebuie sa Il primesti pe Hristos asa cum este, Domnul Iisus Hristos. Crede din toata inima ta in El sa te mantuiasca de pacatele tale si dedica-te Lui, ca Domn al tau pe care sa Il urmezi intreaga ta viata (Romani 10:13).

Desi am avut multa bogatie si siguranta, nevoile mele cele mai adanci au fost implinite numai in momentul in care I-am incredintat viata lui Iisus Hristos. Numai in El si in voia Lui pentru viata mea imi gasesc fericirea.

Daca te vei pocai de pacatele tale si ii vei incredinta viata ta lui Hristos, vei cunoaste adevarata iertare, pace cu Dumnezeu si viata vesnica (Ioan 3:16).

Cum poti sti ca esti cu adevarat crestin?

Incet dar sigur vor aparea schimbari in viata ta, pentru ca Biblia spune ca daca este cineva in Hristos “este o faptura noua” (2 Corinteni 5:17). Vei incepe sa Il iubesti pe Dumnezeu si Cuvantul Sau. Vei iubi copiii Lui si Biserica Lui. Vei avea in inima dorinta sa ai comuniune cu El prin rugaciune. Vei incepe sa urasti pacatul si sa doresti sa ii fi placut Lui (1 Ioan 2:3-4)

Poti sti ca cea mai mare nevoie a ta este implinita daca te-ai increzut cu adevarat, din inima, in Hristos. Pe masura ce cresti in harul si cunoasterea Sa, El va implini toate celelalte nevoi din viata ta (Matei 6:33). El niciodata nu te va lasa, si nu te va parasi (Evrei 13:5). In El vei gasi apa vie si nu vei mai inseta niciodata (Ioan 4:14). Raiul va fi caminul tau vesnic (Ioan 14:2-3).

Rodica Volintiru – Conferinta Femeilor Anaheim California 26 Aprilie 2014

Rodica Volintiru Anaheim 2014

VIDEOS by hearthofprayer

Partea  1

Partea 2

A Short (Vintage) Tribute to Moms + 2 poems

Photo via www.centrmed.com

Somebody said that a child is carried in its mother’s womb for nine months.
that somebody does not know that a child is carried in its mother’s heart forever.

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby.
that somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, normal is history.

Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct.
that somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.

Somebody said being a mother is boring.
that somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.

Somebody said if you’re a „good” mother, your child will „turn out good.”
that somebody mistakenly thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.

Somebody said „good” mothers never raise their voices.
that somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.

Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a mother.
that somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.

Somebody said you can’t love the fifth child as much as you love the first.
that somebody doesn’t have five children.

Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the books.
that somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.
that somebody never watched her „baby” get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten.

Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back.
that somebody never organized seven giggling Brownies to sell cookies.

Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married.
that somebody doesn’t know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother’s heartstrings.

Somebody said a mother’s job is done when her last child leaves home.
that somebody never had grandchildren.

Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don’t need to tell her.
that somebody isn’t a mother.

~Author Unknown~

VIDEO by Elizabeth McCann

and for those homes that are blessed with toddlers, here’s a poem shining the light on moms once again:

Toddler Rules

If it is on, I must turn it off.
If it is off, I must turn it on.
If it is folded, I must unfold it.
If it is a liquid, it must be shaken, then spilled.
If it a solid, it must be crumbled, chewed or smeared.
If it is high, it must be reached.
If it is shelved, it must be unshelved.
If it is pointed, it must be run with at top speed.
If it has leaves, they must be picked.
If it is plugged, it must be unplugged.
If it is not trash, it must be thrown away.
If it is in the trash, it must be removed, inspected, and thrown on the floor.
If it is closed, it must be opened.
If it does not open, it must be screamed at.
If it has drawers, they must be rifled.
If it is a pencil, it must write on the refrigerator, monitor, or table.
If it is full, it will be more interesting emptied.
If it is empty, it will be more interesting full.
If it is a pile of dirt, it must be laid upon.
If it is stroller, it must under no circumstances be ridden in without protest. It must be pushed by me instead.
If it has a flat surface, it must be banged upon.
If Mommy’s hands are full, I must be carried.
If Mommy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must walk alone.
If it is paper, it must be torn.
If it has buttons, they must be pressed.
If the volume is low, it must go high.
If it is toilet paper, it must be unrolled on the floor.
If it is a drawer, it must be pulled upon.
If it is a toothbrush, it must be inserted into my mouth.
If it has a faucet, it must be turned on at full force.
If it is a phone, I must talk to it.
If it is a bug, it must be swallowed.
If it doesn’t stay on my spoon, it must be dropped on the floor.
If it is not food, it must be tasted.
If it IS food, it must not be tasted.
If it is dry, it must be made wet with drool, milk, or toilet water.
If it is a car seat, it must be protested with arched back.

If it is Mommy, it must be hugged.

~Author Unknown~

Do not forsake your mother’s teaching

Pentru traducere automata, fa click aici – Romanian

Proverbs 1:7-9

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head, and ornaments about your neck.

The book of Proverbs begins, „The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel.” He was a great king and the son of a great king. That means he was famous and powerful and supreme in all the realm. People bowed in his presence. They did what he said. He had immense authority and honor.

Even Great Kings Should Bow to Their Mothers

How did he treat his mother in this exalted role? You recall his mother was Bathsheba. She had married his father David under very ugly circumstances—very displeasing to God. But she was his mother, and this is what it says in 1 Kings 2:19,

Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king arose to meet her, bowed before her, and sat on his throne; then he had a throne set for the king’s mother, and she sat on his right.

Then they had their conversation. He rose for her. He bowed to her. And he called for a throne to be put beside his for their conversation. She was his mother. Even kings should stoop when their mothers enter the room.

Solomon was not a perfect king. He was not a perfect man. None of the writers of the Bible was. But God guided his insights and preserved for us true ones here in the book of Proverbs. And I want us to listen to God’s word through Solomon today.

Six Lessons: The Ultimate Issue Is God

There are at least six things he tells us in Proverbs 1:7–9. They all relate to God. They are not merely the kind of wisdom you might pick up in reading „mindworks” or Parents magazine or Ann Landers. They overlap with the wisdom of the world. But the absence of God in the world’s family-advice is ultimately a fatal flaw. Solomon means for us to hear his counsel as all related to God.

We often think of the book of Proverbs as a book of what you can learn from ordinary earthly life. And much of it is. But the point of the book is to bring all that into relation to God so that he becomes the center of it all.

Just one example. In Proverbs 30:8 it says,

Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, 9 Lest I be full and deny Thee and say, „Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.

Do you see what this says about God? The wise man prays, „Guard me from riches and guard me from poverty.” Why? Because if I’m rich I might say, „Who needs God!” And if I’m poor I might steal. And why is that so bad? Because you might get caught and go to jail? Or because you might lose your reputation? No. He says, Because if I steal, I will profane the name of my God.

Riches are dangerous because the ultimate issue is God. And poverty is dangerous because the ultimate issue is God. The book of Proverbs—the most practical, down-to-earth book in the Bible—is written for God’s sake. That we might not deny God in our prosperity and that we might not profane God in the hour of need.

All six lessons in Proverbs 1:7–9 relate to God, and they are all intensely practical.

1. The Origin of Family

The family is God’s idea.

Solomon takes for granted that there are mothers and fathers and children related in relationship of unique accountability. Verse 8: „Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” This is just a given with Solomon. It used to be with us too. But perhaps it can’t be taken for granted any more. Families are God’s idea. God’s plan. God’s way. They are not arbitrary evolutionary developments based on instincts. The family is ordained by God in creation.

In the very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1:27, it says,

And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 And God blessed them; and God said to them, „Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth . . . „

How are they to do this fruitful earth-filling? By indiscriminate mating and pregnancies? The second chapter of the Bible (Genesis 2:24) gives the answer: A man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

A profound covenant relationship between one man and one woman—a cleaving to each other alone, in a one-flesh union—is God’s idea of the heart of the family. When this is broken by a tragic death or a tragic divorce, there may have to be single parent families. And God has been faithful to millions of mothers and fathers who have had to raise children alone. But God’s original purpose for the heart of the family was one man and one woman cleaving to each other as husband and wife and becoming one flesh in fruitful sexual union. In that way he meant to fill the earth with humans who image-forth his glory, and with couples whose covenant-relationship shows the world the way that God relates to his covenant people in love and faithfulness.

The family is God’s idea and it is for God’s glory. Solomon assumes that here in Proverbs 1:7–9.

2. The Family as a School

The family is God’s basic school for instructing children how to live in the world.

Verse 8 again: „Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” The father is an instructor and the mother is a teacher. Therefore the family is a school.

God ordained the family not just to be fruitful and fill the earth with people, but to fill the earth with instructed people and taught people. The family is the place where the next generation is born and where the next generation learns how to live.

Life does not come naturally for human beings. The sucking reflex comes naturally. The falling reflex comes naturally. The iris of the eye closes naturally in bright light. We don’t have to learn to cry when hungry. But that’s about it. And those skills will not get us very far in this world. Humans have to learn just about everything from the most basic skills of walking and talking and eating, to the moral actions of courtesy and gratitude and respect and faith in Christ.

The family is God’s school for this huge undertaking—teaching the next generation how to live in this world and be ready for the next.

And if a mother and a father seek help from others through relatives or nannies or day-care or Sunday schools or day schools or primary schools or secondary schools, the responsibility is still the parents’ and we parents will give an account to God for how the minds and hearts of our children were shaped and molded by the educators and care-givers we entrusted them to.

That’s point number two: the family is God’s basic school for instructing children how to live in the world.

3. The Fear of the Lord as the Unifying Theme

The foundation of family instruction is the fear of the Lord.

Verse 7: „The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” In other words if we ask, what’s the basis and beginning and integrating theme of the father’s instruction and the mother’s teaching—what is it that runs through all their daily modeling and counseling and explaining and correcting and disciplining that give unity and meaning to it all—the answer is „the fear of the Lord.”

The family isn’t just a place where children learn to hold spoons and walk on two feet and say” please” and tie shoes and read and look both ways and cut grass and put on makeup and drive a car. The family is where all of this and more begins in God, is guided by God’s Word, and is shown to be for the glory of God. The fear of God—the reverencing of God, the standing in awe of God, the trusting of God—is what family’s are for.

The family is God’s idea. The family is a school. And the unifying theme in the curriculum of this school is God.

4. The Responsibility of Both Fathers and Mothers

Under God both fathers and mothers share in the responsibility of this family instruction.

Verse 8 again: „Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.”

It does not say, „Fathers instruct, and mothers change diapers.” It does not say, „Fathers work at the office and so have no responsibility to teach their children.” Nor does it say, „Mothers work at the office and can turn the responsibility of teaching over to a care-giver.” It says fathers instruct, and mothers teach. They share this responsibility.

If it were Father’s Day I would probably trumpet a challenge to you fathers to take fresh initiatives at home. But it is Mother’s Day, and I want to encourage mothers that this responsibility to teach your children is an immeasurably significant privilege.

God has a way of nullifying the greatness of the great and exalting the lowliness of the lowly. In our culture motherhood is, I think, on the upswing. But only after decades of unusual lowliness and bad-press. The last five our six years have abounded with letters and articles like this one to Ann Landers:

I’m so tired of all those ignorant people who come up to my husband and ask him if his wife has a full-time job or if she’s „just a house-wife.” . . . Here’s my job description.

I’m a wife, mother, friend, confidant, personal advisor, lover, referee, peacemaker, housekeeper, laundress, chauffeur, interior decorator, gardener, painter, wall paperer, dog groomer, veterinarian, manicurist, barber, seamstress, appointment manager, financial planner, bookkeeper, money manager, personal secretary, teacher, disciplinarian, entertainer, psychoanalyst, nurse, diagnostician, public relations expert, dietitian and nutritionist, baker, chef, fashion coordinator and letter writer for both sides of the family.

I am also a travel agent, speech therapist, plumber and automobile maintenance and repair expert . . .

From the studies done, it would cost more than $75,000 a year to replace me. I took time out of my busy day to write this letter, Ann, because there are still ignorant people who believe a housewife is nothing more than a baby sitter who sits on her behind all day and looks at soap operas. (Ann Landers, May 1988, quoted in Mom, You’re Incredible, by Linda Weber, Focus on the Family, 1994, pp. 23–24)

That’s true. And it is good to have it said. But vastly more can be said. Let me give one great illustration from the New Testament: the effect of Timothy’s mother and grandmother.

Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:5,

I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.

Then in 3:14–15 Paul says,

You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them [that is, your mother Eunice and through her from your grandmother Lois]; and that from childhood you have known the holy scriptures [because your mother taught them to you] which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Now that’s a remarkable testimony. Timothy’s father was a Greek (Acts 16:3). He probably didn’t know the Scriptures. So Paul celebrates the great heritage that Timothy has through his mother and his grandmother. They did what his father could not or would not do. They filled him with the Scriptures, and the Scriptures brought him eventually to faith in Christ, and faith in Christ brought him salvation.

Timothy will live forever and ever because his mother and his grandmother were faithful to Proverbs 1:8.

5. The Submissiveness of Children

God calls sons and daughters to be submissive to their mothers and fathers.

Verse 8 again: „Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.”

These two commands warn against the two common temptations of rebellion. One is when a child is home; and the other is when he is away from home. If he is home, the temptation of rebellion is not to listen when his parent speaks. So Solomon says, „Hear your father’s instruction.” If he is away from home, the temptation is to forsake what he was taught. So Solomon says, „Do not forsake your mother’s teaching.”

Young people, when you are at home, listen to your parents. Do not write off what they say. Do it for God’s sake. This is so important in God’s eyes that he made it part of the Ten Commandments that sum up the whole law. Exodus 20:12, „Honor your father and mother.” Honor your father by listening respectfully when he speaks. And honor your mother by remembering what she taught you about right and wrong—about the fear of God—when you are away from home and no one can see but you and God.

6. The Promise of Reward

Finally, God ordains a reward for sons and daughters who do not forsake the teaching of their mother and father.

Verse 9: „Indeed [literally, „because”], they [hearing your father’s instruction and not forsaking your mother’s teaching] are a graceful wreath to your head, and ornaments about your neck.”

What this verse makes plain is that the instruction of fathers and the teaching of mothers, rooted in the fear of the Lord, is good news. Kids don’t always feel that. Sometimes parents have never grown up into grace enough to feel it either. But that’s what the verse says: hearing a father’s instruction and not forsaking a mother’s teaching will be a wreath of grace and glory and joy; it will be like gifts and prizes around your neck. In other words it will mean triumph and celebration and joy.

The apostle Paul said in Ephesians 6:2 that „honor your father and mother” is „the first commandment with promise.” All the commandments are full of promise, but God goes out of his way to make this explicit for sons and daughters. There is great promise in honoring your mother and father and embracing the fear of the Lord which they taught.

  • „In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence . . . The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life” (Proverbs 14:26–27).
  • „The fear of the Lord leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil” (Proverbs 19:23).

This is the wreath on your head and the ornament on your neck for embracing the fear of the Lord that your mother and father taught you—a fountain of life and strong confidence and deep satisfaction.

A Mother’s Crown of Joy

But since today is Mother’s Day, perhaps the way we should end is by reminding ourselves as sons and daughters—whether old or young—that the fountain of life, and the strong confidence and the deep satisfaction that come from honoring all the truth that our mothers taught us also comes back to them as a crown of joy and honor and blessing in their later years. „Do not despise your mother when she is old” (Proverbs 23:22). „Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her rejoice who gave birth to you” (Proverbs 23:25). Do not forsake the teaching of your mother. It will be a wreath of grace to your head and a crown of joy upon hers.

By John Piper. ©2013 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org

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