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I am glad there is still a Sunday in May on our calendars designated as Mother’s Day. The Bible sadly announces in Proverbs 30:11, “There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.” While no mother is sinless or perfect, everyone ought to be thankful for the one who went through the travail of death to give us life! How shameful that we live in a day when many dishonor and disrespect their mothers.

Emerson once said, “Men are what their mothers make them.” Abraham Lincoln stated, “No one is poor who had a godly mother.” Evangelist Billy Sunday preached, “I don’t think there are enough devils in Hell to take a young person from the arms of a godly mother.” What a difference the right kind of a mother can make in a home, in a church, and in our nation! God seems to indicate that the last deterrent before a nation slips into total depravity is the righteousness of women. “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature” (Romans 1:26).

Personally, I can echo the words of the psalmist who said in Psalm 16:6, “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.”How thankful I am for a mom who never wavered in her faith, her convictions, her prayers, or her love for the Lord or for me. There were many times when I was not worthy of the time spent before God on my behalf, but I am thankful that while others gave up—she never did! There is no doubt in my mind that much of what is accomplished through my ministry can be attributed to the prayers of my faithful mother. She is with the Lord now, but I never will forget her prayers.

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Do not let this month go by without thanking God for your mom. Proverbs 31:28a says, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed.” If you are one of those people who have the special privilege of being called “Mom,” I hope you will realize the impact you have on this nation. There is an old Spanish proverb that reads: “An ounce of mother is worth more than a pound of clergy.” May God give us mothers who will not give up in the battle for what is right in this world. We need mothers who will pray for their children, give them a pattern to follow, and cheer them on to do great things for God.

We will not notice everything that you do for us, and sometimes we will forget to thank you, but “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10). One day you will receive your true reward—a reward for every prayer, every sleepless night, every tear, every encouraging word, and every expression of love that you have shown. On that day, our flowers, candy and cards will pale in comparison to the honor that you will receive from the One who truly sees all that you have done for us. Thank you, mom! And thank all of you selfless moms out there who give of yourselves every day...Happy Mother's Day!

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Rafael Bastien-Herrera is a Selma resident and Pastor/Director of The Word Walk Ministries, as well as Teaching Pastor at The Armory Church in Fresno. He has a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry, and a M.DIV. in Theology. He is a Radio Bible Teacher on KGED 1680 AM "The Answer" Radio in Fresno.

Please send questions to rbherrera@thewordwalk.org.

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