Weekend Message Takeaway: Mom of the Year

This past weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day as Pastor Doug examined the stories of three moms from the Bible—Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, Jochebed, the mother of Moses, and Hagar, the mother of Ishmael—and shared what we can learn about parenting and leadership from them. 

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For the Note Takers

Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s’ teaching this weekend:

Mom 1: Elizabeth: According to Jesus, “among those born of women there is no one greater than John” (Matthew 11:11).  Elizabeth was full of faith so her son was fearless! 

Mom 2: Jochebed: Jochebed had three children, all of whom were great leaders of a movement that changed their nation’s story forever. She found a way to protect her son, Moses. She risked everything. She stood up to evil and raised a revolutionary! 

Mom 3: Hagar: This woman was put in a terrible position by those in authority over her. She was mistreated, stuck in a bad marriage, abandoned, and made to suffer for her child’s actions. But the Lord saw her. He didn’t abandon her or mistreat her. Instead, He made her a promise and took care of her. That’s why she said, “You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13). She trusted God’s promise and her son became great!

These women had faith. They had a long-range view of parenting, understanding that we’re not just raising a five-year-old to be a good child . . . we’re raising future leaders and world-changers. It’s never picture perfect, and God doesn’t ask us to be perfect. He asks us to have faith in Him, to do what is right in His eyes, and to trust Him. 

Quote to Remember: You don’t have to be perfect to fulfill God’s purposes.—Pastor Doug Sauder

A Look Ahead

This weekend is Orphan Weekend! Discover how you can take a stand for kids in your community after service. Kids need you to advocate and make sure there’s a loving, Christian foster home for them when they need it the most. For more information on Orphan Weekend, click here.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.