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Sarah’s Example. The first woman mentioned in the great chapter of faith (Hebrews 11:11) is Abraham’s wife Sarah. The lesson on May 11, 2003, celebrates Mother’s Day with a lesson about Sarah, the mother of Israel. There was something special about Sarah since she was identified by God in Hebrews 11:11 as a “heroine” of faith. Not only do we learn about her faith, but this lesson teaches us all about the pursuit of Godliness, which applies to both men and women. God does not expect us to live a perfect life, that’s why Christ died for our sins. As we learn about Sarah, we find she wasn’t perfect. She was attractive both outwardly and inwardly but the inward beauty (of the soul) is what counts with God. She was submissive to her husband, yet she was also impulsive and vindictive as demonstrated by her handling of Hagar and Ishmael. Sarah’s example teaches mother’s four ways to be the BEST mom: 1) B = Bold in your witness to your children. Proverbs 1:8 tells us about mom’s responsibility of teaching kids the law of the Lord. 2) E = Encourage your children in their walk with the Lord. They will make mistakes but be an encouragement to teach them the right path. 3) S = Strength is in your weakness. Trust in God when you are at your wits end and turn your troubles over to God. 4) T = Tenderness is how you handle your kids while you teach them the principles of Godliness. Be tender in your willfulness as you don’t let them have their way. The lesson on May 11, 2003 is one to celebrate Mother’s Day but also has application to anyone who wants to learn more about Godliness.



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