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Mama’s One Sentence Sermons

Mama’s One Sentence Sermons

 

“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

As we approach Mother’s Day, this one verse resonated on my mind as I thought about the senseless and dumb things I did as a teenager. My mother would remind me of her responsibility as a mother in a unique way. She would use what I called one sentence sermons… you know, the one liners that belted out of her mouth to let you know she just moved into the training mode.

Sometimes the one line turned into a short and to the point sermon. Other times it required me to sit in the pew and listen whether I wanted to hear it or not. Those one sentence commandments escalated into aggravating, painful and nerve wrecking sermons, but when I became grown and a mother, I found myself repeating most of them. I finally understood.

They depicted precious lifelong lessons and pearls of wisdom. My mother wanted me to experience more joy than pain as I grew and navigated through the roads of life. As I think back and reminisce over a few of them, I realized those tiny sermons, those essential truths represented teaching principles with biblical implications.

“Oh, I know you are sorry and won’t do it again.” Sermon on discipline…

“I don’t care what Cheryl’s mama lets her do. If you want to do that, go live in their house.” Sermon on choices…

“I brought you into this world and I’ll take you out.” Sermon on sovereignty…

“Do I look like a bank? Do you think money grows on trees?” Sermon on economics and working…

“If I were you, I would go to my room now and pray that you were not involved in that fight.” Sermon on faith…

“You forgot that I have eyes in the back of my head.” Sermon on omniscience…

“Because I’m your mother and I said so!” Sermon on authority and who’s in control…

“Where do you think you are going looking like that?” Sermon on modesty and decency…

“Your hard head is going to give you a soft behind.” Sermon on consequences…

“Just wait until your father gets home.” Sermon on delegation…

“Don’t get too grown for your britches.” Sermon on humility…

“I don’t care if all of your friends are doing it, you are not!” Sermon on nonconformity…

“You can leave when I say you can leave.” Sermon on patience…

“Have you lost your pure-d-mind?” Sermon on constructive thinking…

“I’m only going to ask you once…don’t make me repeat myself.” Sermon on counting and listening…

“This hurts me more than it hurts you.” Sermon on pain and love…

I could go on and recall more of those lessons but they all had one goal in mind. My mother wanted me to be able to handle any problem or situation I faced in life with a biblical perspective. She trained me up in the word of God so that the promise of God would be fulfilled. She dedicated me to Him, instructed me in His ways, and motivated me to do what the Lord required all through those one sentence sermons. She preached all of them in love and I hope my children can say the same about me.

I don’t know about you but because my mother kept the command to train up a child, the promise of God was claimed. Through all the trials of life, I can adamantly state, I will not depart from His word. Why? Simply…

 

Because I Am CUTE!!

 

Happy Mother’s Day

12 comments

  1. R Outen says:

    Yes I remember all of these. Happy Mother’s Day my CUTE sister. Love you!

  2. Loretta says:

    For the first 10 years or so of my life, I was TOTALLY convinced that God was just like my daddy and that God’s voice emanated from my daddy’s mouth. 😍 I listened, respected and I obeyed. As I grew older and somewhat mature, I realized that God’s love was being poured out on me and my siblings from my daddy’s heart and soul because of his own faith. He totally believed in and served God in so many ways to us all. I pray my own children heard/ observed that same love, obedience, trust and devotion from me. Love you girl. Happy Mother’s Day! ♥️♥️♥️

  3. Boy does this bring back memories. I wonder if these sermons are still being said. That is strong mothering and parenting. Thanks for sharing. Love you much.

    • areyoucute says:

      They should be preached today more than ever. Kids need parents who know they love them enough to correct and grow them God’s way and some times it hurts to hear.🤣 We heard them and I guess we turned out ok.

  4. Ruth L. Burton says:

    Ah, my sister. Once again, you have hit a nerve! Please keep these truths before us. If we could only get every mother to be “guilty” of preaching these one sentence sermons. The children would be so much better off. Thanks for sharing, as usual.

    • areyoucute says:

      My sentiments exactly. I am so thankful that my mom showed me how much she truly loved me by training me with these sermons no matter how painful they were at the time. I am better for them and preached to my own…so far they are still thriving. I love you my sweet CUTE sister.

  5. Paul Jacobs says:

    I can hear Aunt Sarah with love and concern

  6. Shelia says:

    Oh my goodness! My mother and grandmother must have been related to yours. Memories started rushing back. I know I must have been related to you my CUTE sister because I heard them more times than I can count.

    I even think my children will remember me transferring the legacy of most of those statements to them.

    Happy Mother’s Day to my Mommy, Grandmother and Godmoher who are in heaven. Happy Mother’s Day to you Pat, my darling daughter Diamond and all of my sisters in Christ who were “trained up ….and will not depart! Praise the Lord! Sisterly love in Christ, Shelia

    • areyoucute says:

      Yes my CUTE sister…these sermons were preached and passed down from generation to generation. Just wished they were used more often. I probably needed more as I look back but just thankful my mom loved me enough to preach and I took up the pulpit for my boys. I know I will find myself preaching to my grandchildren as well. Love you my CUTE sister!

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