The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 3
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May / June 2003


FEATURES
A season to encourage

Burnt toast & sticky cards

A letter to my parents

The spiritual power of a mother
National Center hosts 2003 Summit
Farris addresses social workers

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

Homeschool litigation: preparing the way
Freedom Watch

What's ahead in 2003?
From the heart
Across the states
Active Cases
Members only
About Campus
President's page

Good judges make good decisions

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA legal contacts for November/December 2002



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A mother's power is premised on the opposite of selfishness. A new life is born out of nine months of discomfort and sacrifice. That new life is nurtured and guided through sleepless nights and endless days. A mother continues to sacrifice the best hours of her day and the best years of her life for the good of her children.

We have all heard the saying, "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." This is true for one simple reason: sacrificial love is inherently more trustworthy than selfishness.

The power of a mother's prayer
Samuel was a great man of God whose life was extraordinarily shaped by his mother's prayers. His very birth was an answer to his mother's prayer. Samuel served God because of his mother's prayer.

I know I don't have to tell you to pray for your children. It would be like saying, "Mom, remember to breathe. It's really important." The power of such prayers over your child cannot possibly be overstated. The day will come when your son or daughter will see the hand of God and say in amazement, "This is what my mother was praying about years and years ago."

The power of a mother's protection
Mothers look at their children through the eyes of love that project a great future for their child and pronounce it all "fine." It is a God-given instinct that causes a mother to feel this way about her child. And this instinct creates the equally God-given desire to protect her child because she sees the great potential that lies under that little helpless exterior.

The power of a mother's teaching
Timothy learned about God and developed his faith in Christ as a result of his mother's teaching: "I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also" (2 Timothy 1:5).

Fathers are commanded to teach their children in Ephesians 6:4. "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Parents are commanded to teach their children to love God in Deuteronomy 6:1-7. But mothers are never specifically singled out and commanded to teach their children. Scripture assumes that mothers will teach their children, as is reflected in Proverbs 6:20: "My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching."

Children will learn from their mothers (and their fathers). Will they learn to believe in the God you serve? Your teaching through actions and words will have a powerful, perhaps decisive impact on their faith.

The power of a mother to lift her children higher than herself
Many of you wish you could have back certain periods of your life to live over. No matter where you started, if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, you are a child of God. In effect, you are in the line of Christ.

Not only can your life be transformed, but by the power of God, your children can be raised up, they can go higher, they can achieve spiritual distinction. God says that He will show "love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments" (Exodus 20:6).

God can overcome your yesterdays, even if the yesterday you need to overcome was literally yesterday. God can lift you and your children up by the power of Jesus Christ, who forgives sins and turns the worst sinners into glorious saints.


Excerpted

With the permission of Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee from The Spiritual Power of a Mother: Encouragement for the Homeschooling Mom by Michael P. Farris, 2003.