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From Her Heart

May 14, 2023

Dr. Paul Cannings

When a mother intentionally loves from her heart, the impact can last forever. When Christ shapes her heart, her love will be pure and long-lasting. No matter what the child does or says or how many challenges she may experience, the fruit of that Spirit will always be kind, gentle, loving, and long-lasting.

When Carter L. Burgess resigned as Assistant Secretary of Defense to become president of Trans-World Airlines, the Army awarded him an exceptional civilian service medal. After listening to the lengthy and glowing tribute paid him by Army Secretary Brucker, Burgess said: “I am sorry my mother is not here. She not only would have enjoyed this ceremony, but she would have believed every word of it.” —Walter Trohan (Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times. Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.).

“For many years, the mother of Tom Carter prayed that God would save her boy and make a preacher out of him. Her boy was a wicked sinner. He landed in prison, but the mother prayed for him, believing God would answer her prayers. One day she received a telegram from the prison saying that her son was dead. The mother was stunned for a few minutes. Then she went to her room. There she prayed with her open Bible before her. She said to the Lord, “O God, I have believed the promises Thou didst give me in Thy Word. I believed I would live to see Tom saved and preaching the gospel. Now, a telegram says he is dead. Lord, which is true, this telegram or Thy Word?” She rose from her knees and wired the prison: “There must be some mistake. My boy is not dead.” And there was a mistake. Tom Carter was alive! Not long afterward, he was saved. He became a mighty soul-winner and preacher when he was released from prison. —Dawn (Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times. Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.).

Being a great mother does not begin at the birth of a child. Being a great mother begins with Christ dwelling in a mother’s heart so that what is transferred lasts forever, which causes the child who is a gift from God to become a gift back to God (Psalm 127:3).

“But Samuel was ministering before the Lord-a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 Each year, his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. 20 Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the Lord give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the Lord.” Then they would go home. 21 And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord” (1 Samuel 2:18-2; NIV).

Only what you do for Christ will last (2 Corinthians 4:18).