This was my first Mother's Day as a lead pastor. As I was planning out the preaching schedule (something us pastor's do) I got to Mother's Day and wasn't sure what to do. I began praying and thinking about the whole morning. One of my first thoughts was, "I'm not the best person to share on Mother's Day."
The more I prayed about the morning I began to get an idea. I shared this idea with our elders and asked for prayer. The idea seemed to stick and we moved forward. The initial idea was to have a panel of three mother's, in different stages of life, share with us. I would interview them and ask them each a few questions.
I shared the idea with our staff team and everyone seemed to like it. During the discussion someone suggested we call it: "Mom Talk" and the idea stuck.
As we continued to plan we thought it would be best to have this more like a round table discussion.
I began writing out questions that I thought people would want to hear about. I started with a list of about ten questions and sent it to the three moms who accepted the invitation to speak. From the list of questions each mom choose two and helped me improve their questions some. Here are the six questions I asked:
- What has been the most challenging stage of motherhood?
- What advice would you give to someone who has a child who has walked away from the Lord?
- How did you encourage your kids to love Jesus at an early age?
- What advice would you give to a first time mother?
- What are some ways the Bible helps us honor women and their great contribution to society?
- What part of being a mom has made you feel the most vulnerable or weak?
You can hear the entirety of the message right here.