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Mothers Day with Special Guest Lisa Bevere

Today is the day we set aside to honor mothers.

With all of the uncertainty in this world and the restrictions we are experiencing, we can be encouraged that we are all doing better than we think we are. We all hold ourselves hostage to the failures of our day. Instead of having a list of all that we do wrong, we are encouraged to have instead a list of all we have done right. God is about growth, not guilt, and we are so busy surviving our days that we are not enjoying them.

It is time for us to engage and enjoy our family —for men to lead their families well, wives to love their husbands and mothers to train their children using the authority given to us to lift others in a way that is honoring to God.

Lisa Bevere has led our Sandals Church women to find their strength, not from trying harder or doing more, but through a deep and devoted relationship with God, from knowing and following Him. With her husband John, she founded Messenger International, a global outreach that exists to develop uncompromising followers of Christ who transform the world.

My Notes

Personal Reflection Guide

Find a place in your home where you feel the most relaxed, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Let the responsibilities of your day take a step back as you quiet yourself to spend time with God. Don’t rush it, but wait until your mind is ready and open to give God your full attention. In Genesis 1:27, we see how God created human beings in his image, both male and female. The Bible spends a lot of time illustrating feminine qualities— the book of Proverbs is filled with them! Because God himself has these qualities and we were created in his image, we too can possess them. Hard-working (Proverbs 31:17), charitable (Proverbs 31:20), strong (Proverbs 31:25), wise (Proverbs 31:26)— which of these do you possess? Which of these do you wish to acquire or refine? Spend some time reflecting on the scripture shared in this week’s sermon and ask God to reveal which qualities he would like to reveal in you. Be honest and open in your reflections, bringing your findings humbly to God. It might be a good idea to list or journal these thoughts. Dedicate some time in prayer, asking God to refine your character over time, and periodically check back on your list to see how God has helped cultivate these qualities in you. They won’t look the same in every person, but how has he helped you make them uniquely your own? Share with someone your findings and ask for some input in the areas you’re still working on.​

Discussion Questions

  1. What have you been learning about God or yourself lately in your personal Bible reading time? What stood out to you this week?
  2. What is one thing that you remember learning from your mom (or mom figure) growing up that you are thankful for, and why does it mean so much to you?
  3. Read Titus 2:4. Regardless of your age or gender, who are you training right now, and who is training you? Of the two, which needs more attention, and what is a practical thing you can do about it?
  4. Read Proverbs 14:1. What are some of the specific things that you do to build your home up, and what are some of the things you do to tear it down?
  5. Read Genesis 2:18. In what ways is loneliness showing up in your life, and in what specific ways is it not good for you?
  6. Who do you need to invite into your life to help you combat loneliness, and what do you need to share with them?