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As I sit here on Saturday afternoon or evening as it is I was just thinking of all the activities of the week, the Mother’s Day banquet, and then our special services of tomorrow and I just had some thoughts that I wanted to share with you. Mothers are so very important to all of us–obviously! I began to think of my mother, Carolyn, as you know her. I remember so many things God has used her to do in my life. I have said for many years to many people that I learned more Bible from my mother than from anyone or anywhere else. As a young boy she motivated me to want to serve God and to want to learn all that I could about the Bible. She taught me many lessons about leadership that I still use even today. I learned to work from my parents and my mother had much to do with that. I really don’t have all that many memories from my childhood, after all it was a long time ago, but I remember as a child on a small farm in Tennessee as my mother told me about the rainbow. She told me of God’s promise to never punish the world that way again. I was only 3 or 4 years old and I was learning about the Word of God. Not a bad memory to have of your childhood and your mother! As a young teen ager my mother allowed me to teach her Sunday School class of ladies. I was just maybe 15 or so. I was excited about the chance to teach but she required me to study at least 10 hours each time before I could teach. I obviously learned a lot of Bible doing that. I just wanted to thank my mother for all she did that helped me become the person that I am here today. I know that I am not much but what I am I owe a great deal to my mother and so Mother I wanted to say that I love you and thank you right here very publicly. I also say to you that God allowed me, then, to marry the best woman on this planet. Betty and I have been married now for nearly 34 years. She has been a wonderful friend, wife, co-laborer, and mother to our children. I could never express to any of you how much I love this woman that I am married to. Betty, I love you and want to wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. Ladies I would like to say to you that God has given us some very special ladies in our church that can be a great role model to you. I thank God for the great ladies in our church. You all play a very vitally important role in our church and in the lives of our families, our community, and the younger women of our church. I sincerely pray that God will let this Mother’s Day be a very special day for each of you.