Philip Stephens

Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to honor our mothers. Not everyone can be a mother. However, all of us have a mother that brought us into the world. As someone said, “life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.”

If we were to have an open forum where we were asked to share things our mothers said to us (and now we’re saying to our kids), these would be common “mother” statements along with their translation.

“Because I said so.” (And I can’t think of another reason.)

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.” (Actually, I am hoping that you won’t say anything for at least 30 seconds.)

“Stop that this instant!” (If you stop now, we can forget this ever happened.)

“Don’t make me turn this car around!” (I am totally bluffing, if we stop now, we will never get all our errands done.)

“Don’t forget to say please and thank you.” (That’s just what we do!)

“I would never have gotten away with that when I was your age.” (I don’t actually remember ever being your age, but it sounds legit anyway.)

“I love you.” (I love you more than you can know. And I really hope I’m doing okay at this mom thing.)

Every mother is different, but a mother’s love is fierce. We understand the phrase, “don’t mess with mama bear!” Throughout the Bible we see examples of strong mothers who endured much for their children. Of course, Mary comes to mind as she birthed, nurtured, and followed Jesus His entire life, even to death on the cross. Imagine her joy when He was resurrected!

So, on this Mother’s Day, if your mother is living, write a personal note to her. She will cherish your handwritten words. Fathers, do the same for your wife. Above all, remind them how much they are loved and appreciated!

Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her. ~Proverbs 31:28

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1. Dave Bender wrote:
Philip, great article. Really liked the common statements and their explanations. Have found myself remembering hearing many of these and using some of them.

Sun, May 12, 2019 @ 6:23 PM

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