May 11, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 20     

The Greatest Are Those Unknown

Ilion Jones writes that “On the great biographer Ida M. Tarbell’s 80th birthday, someone asked her to name the greatest persons she had ever met. She responded, ‘The greatest persons I have ever met are those nobody knows anything about.’

“Once the New York Times was asked to help a group of club women decide on the twelve greatest women in the United States. After due consideration, the editors replied, ‘The twelve greatest women in the United States are women who have never been heard of outside of their own homes.’”

Jones concludes, “I ask you, who was greater, Thomas A. Edison or his mother? When he was a young lad his teacher sent him home with a note which 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’. And she did, with results that are well known.

Morning Glory, 1/8/94

Had I Been Joseph’s Mother

Had I been Joseph’s mother
I’d have prayed protection from his brothers
“God, keep him safe.
He is so young, so different from the others.”
she never knew there would be slavery and prison, too.

Had I been Moses’ mother
I’d have wept to keep my little son:
praying she might forget
the babe drawn from the water of the Nile.
Had I not kept him for her nursing him the while,
was he not mine?
—and she but Pharaoh’s daughter?

Had I been Daniel’s mother
I should have pled “Give victory!
—this Babylonian horde godless and cruel—
Don’t let him be a captive—better dead,
Almighty Lord!”

Had I been Mary,
Oh, had I been she,
I would have cried as never mother cried,
“Anything, O God, Anything…
—but crucified.”

With such prayers importunate
my finite wisdom would assail
Infinite Wisdom.
God, how fortunate
Infinite Wisdom should prevail.

Ruth Bell Graham

Common Challenges of Mothers

1) Low self-esteem,
2) Monotony and loneliness,
3) Stress from too many demands
4) Lack of time with husband,
5) Confusion about discipline,
6) Home atmosphere,
7) Need for outside role models,
8) Training of children.

And Then I Had Children, Susan A. Yates

“No man is poor who has had a godly mother.”

Abraham Lincoln


Grandma, on a winter’s day, milked the cows and fed them hay, hitched the mule, drove kids to school...did a washing, mopped the floors, washed the windows and did some chores...Cooked a dish of home-dried fruit, pressed her husband’s Sunday suit...swept the parlor, made the bed, baked a dozen loaves of bread...split some firewood and lugged it in, enough to fill the kitchen bin...Cleaned the lamps and put in oil, stewed some apples before they spoiled...churned the butter, baked a cake, then exclaimed, “For goodness sake!” when the calves ran from the pen, and chased them all back in again...Gathered eggs and locked the stable, back to the house and set the table...cooked a supper that was delicious, then washed and dried all dirty dishes...fed the cat and sprinkled clothes, mended a basketful of hose...then opened the organ and began to play: “When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day...”

Reminisce, 1991

The Blessings of a Mother

1) Dedication (1Sa. 1:11)
2) Protection (Ex. 2:3)
3) Training (2Ti. 1:5)
4) Prayers (Gen. 21:16-8)
5) Love (1Ki. 3:26)
6) Triumph (Mat. 15:25-8)

The mother of three notoriously unruly youngsters was asked whether or not she’d have children if she had it to do over again. “Yes,” she replied. “But not the same ones.”

Reader’s Digest, David Finkelstein

"Passing Faith To Your Children"
2 Timothy 1:1-5
"Watching What You Say"
James 3:2-12

Mark Your Calendars:

  • May 25th: Song Service
  • June 1: Fellowship Meal
  • June 1-7: Weeki Wachee Bible Camp.
  • June 20-July 8: Ghana Campaign 2003
  • June 29: Song Service
  • July 6: Fellowship Meal
  • July 20-26: Central Florida Bible Camp.
  • July 27: Song Service

"An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.” Spanish Proverb




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell


Mary Jane Collier
Trisha Wheeler
Walt Thompson
Stepheny Bennet’s mother
Patricia Ford
Emma Jean Phillips
Barbara Gibbs
Iva Turner
Art Stapleton
Bill Sherman
Lillian Comiskey



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Delbert Leavens  


 Larry Jenson  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Jim Dougan



 Larry Jenson



 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Jim Treece

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