Mother's Day Messages

Skip Heitzig

A mother's love is an example of God's great and sacrificing love for us. For many people, moms shaped their lives and brought them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. This collection of messages focuses on these important women, who hold a special place in the heart of God.


Table of Contents

1 Luke 1:39-56 A Mother's Prayer
2 Proverbs 31:10-31 A Hero In Your Own Home!
3 2 Timothy 1:3-7 How Moms Can Change the World
4 1 Samuel 1 Marks of a Great Mother



SERIES: Mother's Day Messages
MESSAGE: A Mother's Prayer
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:39-56

A Mother's Prayer - Luke 1:39-56 from our study Mother's Day Messages with Skip Heitzig from Calvary Albuquerque.

Topic: Mother’s Day Messages

Keywords: Prayer, Just For Moms



SERIES: Mother's Day Messages
MESSAGE: A Hero In Your Own Home!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 31:10-31

This summer portends to be the year of the Super-Hero: Spiderman, The Transformers and the Fantastic Four all are making their reappearance to save the day! But there's another hero we honor today (or should we say heroine). In fact she probably already cooked you breakfast this morning! It’s the woman of the home—Mom! Today we pay tribute to this unique individual who helped to transform our lives.

I. Her Designation (Vs 10)

  A. Virtuous

  B. Valuable

II. Her Description

  A. Dependable (Vs 11)

  B. Devoted

    1. To Her Husband (vs 12)

    2. To Her Household (vss 13-22)

    3. To the Helpless (vs 20)

  C. Diplomatic (Vs 26)

III. Her Distinction (Vss 28-29)

Keywords: Mother's Day, mom



SERIES: Mother's Day Messages
MESSAGE: How Moms Can Change the World
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 1:3-7

Timothy demonstrated genuine faith and loyalty to the Lord, and Paul the apostle credited these traits to how Timothy was raised by his mom and grandmother. As we examine Paul's second letter to Timothy, we discover three important ways that moms can invest in their children so they will fear the Lord and desire to serve Him with their lives.

Mothers are special. They can change the world through the influence they have on their children. In the New Testament, we find a mother named Eunice and a grandmother named Lois, who together trained up a world changer by the name of Timothy. In this teaching, we discover from their example three investments women can make in their children that can change the world.

First, Eunice and Lois imparted tenderness to Timothy (see 2 Timothy 1:4). Paul remarked that he remembered Timothy's tears. Apparently, he had seen Timothy weep one of the many times the two of them served alongside each other. It's interesting that the Holy Spirit moved Paul to record for all of the church something that could embarrass a man. This underscores the significant place that tenderness should have in the heart of a Christian. Often, a mother's heart is reflected in the tenderness of her children. It was well said that God couldn't be everywhere, so He invented mothers. One of the ways that God is everywhere is through the love of mothers. Evidently, Timothy's father was not involved in training Timothy to be a man of God. Whether he died or abandoned his family, whether he was an unbeliever or simply didn't get involved (see Acts 16, which mentions that Timothy had never been circumcised since his dad was Greek), he was not the one to whom God credited Timothy's discipleship. Mothers, please comfort and display tenderness to your children, for it meets one of their most essential needs and is one of God's characteristics (see Isaiah 66:13). Tenderness makes a man approachable, relatable, believable, and credible, and Timothy's tender heart came from his mother and grandmother. Ecclesiastes 3:4 states that there is a time to weep, and Luke 6:21 says that those who weep will be blessed. David wrote of drenching his couch with tears (see Psalm 6:6), and Jesus wept several times. Why might this seem embarrassing to us? What does it say about our culture?

Eunice and Lois also imparted godliness to Timothy (see 2 Timothy 1:5). The name Timothy means one who fears God, and it is likely that his mother gave him this name. Her name, Eunice, is the Latinized form of the Greek word euniké, referring to the winged goddess of victory or one who conquers well. Whether she was a single mom or bore the spiritual burden of parenting alone, she lived up to her name as she held together a divided household and raised her son to be a faithful follower of Christ—so much so that Paul invited her young son, who was either in his late teens or early twenties, to join his ministry team. Her life embodied the Scottish saying that "an ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy." Paul referred to her "genuine faith" that she had passed down to her son. Abraham Lincoln rightly said that "no one is poor who has a godly mother." Last week, Skip mentioned that the fear of God is a necessary trait for someone who has been radically saved; Timothy's name reminds us of this. Read Proverbs 1:7-9. Why do you think this trait is being repeated for us?

Thirdly, Eunice and Lois passed on boldness to Timothy (see 2 Timothy 1:6-7). Tenderness coupled with genuine faith results in the courage to serve the Lord fully. The gifts Eunice passed on to Timothy gave him the boldness he needed when fear began to grip his heart (see v. 7). Paul exhorted Timothy to stir up this confidence within him, to stoke its fires and be a bold witness. Tenderness and godliness provide the impetus for boldness. The product of genuine faith is faithful service, and Timothy's service provides quite a testimony. He was Paul's travel companion, received multiple letters from Paul, and was appointed a pastor. The great apostle referred to him as a true son in the faith with whom he had an unparalleled like-mindedness, and through Paul, God gave Timothy the father he didn't have. Moms, be encouraged that when you lay your loving hands on your children in prayer and blessing, someone else will lay affirming hands on them, upholding their gifting and their faith. But you cannot pass on what you do not have. You cannot direct your children toward a goal that you know nothing about, so ask God for wisdom and be encouraged to train up your children with His goals in mind. Although your job never ends, be inspired that your influence lasts a lifetime. What was your mother's influence like? What goals did she establish? Have other people done these things in your life? Who stirred or stirs up your gifts when you doubt or fear?

Adapted from Pastor Skip's teaching

The Big Idea:

Godly mothers can raise children who change the world.


  1. Introduction
    1. Nobody knows you or loves you more than your mom
    2. The mother and grandmother in this text raised a man who became a world changer
    3. Timothy was personally handpicked by Paul the apostle to spread the gospel and pastor a church
    4. Old hymn "Faith of Our Fathers"; what about faith of our mothers?
    5. Three ways to invest in your children to change the world
  2. Tenderness
    1. The first thing Paul remembered when he thought of Timothy was Timothy's tears
    2. Why did Paul mention this?
      1. Timothy was the most loyal friend Paul had
        1. Philippians 2:20
        2. Like-minded means equal-souled
      2. Timothy cried at some event
        1. At a departure Paul and Timothy had
        2. When Paul installed him as the pastor at Ephesus and departed
        3. Acts 20:37-38
        4. It could be embarrassing for some men to have this fact known publically
        5. "Tears from a man like Timothy were more allowable among those of Paul's era than among modern men of the West" —Thomas Lea and Hayne P. Griffin
    3. Tenderness is a good trait, especially in a man
      1. Isaiah 66:13
      2. "God couldn't be everywhere, so He invented mothers" —Jewish saying
      3. One of the ways God shows Himself to be everywhere is through the tender care and love of a mother
    4. Timothy got his tenderness from his mother and grandmother
      1. Most scholars believe Timothy's dad died when he was young and he was raised by his mother and grandmother
      2. One of the greatest contributions to your children is displayed tenderness
      3. "The young child's hunger for his mother's love and presence is as great as his hunger for food.... Her absence inevitably generates a powerful sense of loss and anger" —John Bowlby
      4. It's tenderness that makes a man approachable, relatable, and credible
  3. Godliness
    1. Timothy's father is not mentioned
      1. His father died
      2. Or his father left the family, being an unbeliever
        1. Acts 16:1
        2. Timothy got his faith matriarchally
        3. Timothy was not circumcised; Acts 16:3
    2. Timothy means one who fears the Lord
    3. Eunice
      1. The Latinized form of the Greek word euniké
      2. Niké was the winged goddess of victory
      3. Eunice means one who conquers well
      4. Eunice conquered the forces of a divided home and saw her son become an evangelist
    4. Paul visited Lystra two times
      1. First time: Eunice and Lois were converted
      2. Second time: Timothy had matured in faith and joined Paul's team
    5. "My dedication to the preaching of the Word was maternal.... When but eight years old I preached to my little sister and to her dolls arrayed in orderly form before me. My sermons were Bible stories which I had first heard from my mother" —G. Campbell Morgan
    6. "An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy" —Scottish saying
    7. "Genuine faith" (v. 5)
      1. One word in Greek: anupokritos
      2. Unhypocritical, genuine, sincere, real
      3. Hupokrités: an actor who wore a mask for a Greek play
      4. Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:8
    8. "No man is poor who has a godly mother" —Abraham Lincoln
    9. The first five years of a child's life are the most critical
      1. 85 percent of a child's character is formed by age five
      2. "Ere your boy has reached to seven, teach him well the way to heaven; better still the work will thrive if he learns before he's five" —Charles Spurgeon
  4. Boldness
    1. Therefore (v. 6): refers to what was just said
      1. Timothy had every reason for boldness
      2. The product of genuine faith is faithful service to God
    2. Scholars guess Paul wrote verse 7 because Timothy was becoming fearful
      1. Paul was in jail
      2. Or Timothy was becoming apathetic in ministry
      3. Stir up (v. 6) means keep the fire going, fan the embers of your flame
      4. Tenderness and godliness provide the impetus for boldness
    3. The seeds you are sowing in your child's life won't germinate for a long time
      1. But when they grow, you may see this: a bold, effective witness
      2. Timothy was in his late teens or early twenties when he joined Paul
        1. Christianity has always been a youth movement
        2. He became Paul's disciple, coworker, and friend
        3. Paul referred to Timothy about eleven times in the New Testament and wrote him two letters
    4. Laying on of hands
      1. Bad kind: when your enemies do it
      2. Good, godly form: the tender, affirming touch that confirms God's hand on someone's life
      3. Acts 16
    5. 1 Timothy 1:2
      1. Timothy was Paul's son spiritually
      2. When a mother lays her loving hands on her children, someone else will come along and lay their affirming hands on her children
      3. Do what you can do as a mom, and let God do the rest
      4. "What's done to children, they will do to society" —Karl Menninger
    6. A Christian parent wants their child to grow up to love and serve God
      1. Psalm 127:3-4
      2. Heritage could be translated assignment
      3. Children are to be launched toward a target you've arrived at first
      4. You can't pass on what you don't have
  5. Closing
    1. A mother's role is the most important task on planet earth
    2. A mother's job never ends, but her influence lasts a lifetime
    3. God made mothers to help us arrive at God's best once we've been born

Figures referenced: Thomas Lea, Hayne P. Griffin, John Bowlby, G. Campbell Morgan, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Spurgeon, Karl Menninger

Greek words: euniké, anupokritos, hupokrités

Cross references: Psalm 127:3-4; Isaiah 29:13; 66:13; Matthew 15:8; Acts 16; 20:37-38; Philippians 2:20; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:3-7

Topic: Mothers

Keywords: Mother's Day, moms, mothers, motherhood, tenderness, crying, tears, godliness, fathers, children, child, fear, boldness, laying on of hands, parents, parenthood



SERIES: Mother's Day Messages
MESSAGE: Marks of a Great Mother
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 1

Today we pay a special tribute to those unique individuals we call our mothers. They have given us life on this earth, and their influence has transformed our lives. We will consider a woman from the Old Testament who became the mother of the prophet Samuel. Her name is Hannah and her name means favor or grace. Despite difficult circumstances, Hannah was shown favor by God. Let’s glean some insight from this wonderful woman as we honor our own moms today.

Connect Group Recap: May 8, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Marks of a Great Mother"
Text: 1 Samuel 1


In this teaching, Pastor Skip paid special tribute to those unique individuals we call mothers. They have given us life on this earth, and their influence has transformed our lives. Pastor Skip considered a woman from the Old Testament who became the mother of the prophet Samuel. Her name was Hannah and her name means favor or grace. Despite difficult circumstances, Hannah was shown favor by God. Pastor Skip's path through the text was as follows:


Great Mothers Have Great Problems
Great Mothers Keep Great Priorities
Great Mothers Make Great Plans

Connect Up: Though God is often referred to as Father in Scripture, there are some texts that describe maternal characteristics (see Psalm 17:8, Psalm 57:1; Luke 13:34). How does God's maternal nature help you understand God's caring and nurturing character?

Connect In>: James says that pure religion before God is helping orphans and widows (see James 1:27). How can the body of Christ minister to mothers more effectively, especially widows and single mothers?

Connect Out: What are some ways you can reach out to mothers, showing the love of God in tangible and creative ways?


  1. Introduction
    1. A mother's love is great
    2. We relate to our mothers differently at different times of our lives
    3. The book of 1 Samuel is about great men
      1. Samuel the prophet
      2. Saul, the first king of Israel
      3. David, the man after God's own heart and greatest king of Israel
    4. God has done and continues to do great things through women
      1. Jochebed gave birth to Moses and had faith to put him in a basket to save him (see Exodus 2:1-10; 6:20-27; Numbers 26:59)
      2. The line of King David began with a woman named Ruth (see Ruth 1-4; Matthew 1:5)
      3. Because of Esther, the Jews in Persia were saved from annihilation (see Esther 1-10)
      4. Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus (see Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-55)
  2. Great Mothers Have Great Problems
    1. Infertility (vv. 1-2, 5)
      1. Hannah had no children
      2. In that time, children were seen as a blessing from the Lord
        1. They thought the more children you had, the better (see Psalm 127:3-5)
        2. Childlessness was seen as an affliction, a curse from God (see Genesis 29:32; 31:1)
        3. If a woman was barren for ten years, her husband could either divorce her or marry another wife
    2. Rivalry (vv. 4. 6-7)
      1. Elkanah's other wife, Peninnah, had many sons and daughters
      2. Peninnah provoked Hannah
      3. Infertility is a common problem today
        1. It affects more women than we are aware of
        2. Mother's Day is not a happy day for women who are infertile
        3. Your value to God is not based on your ability to reproduce
          1. God loves you because you are made in His image
          2. You are of great value to Him
        4. You're not alone; many women of faith were infertile
          1. Sarah, the wife of Abraham (see Genesis 16:1)
          2. Rebecca, the wife of Isaac (see Genesis 25:21)
          3. Rachel, the wife of Jacob (see Genesis 39:21)
          4. Ruth, the wife of Boaz, was barren during her first marriage (see Ruth 1:4-5)
          5. Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist (see Luke 1:7)
          6. In Scripture, the infertile women were often the righteous women
        5. If you are infertile, it does not mean you are cursed; it means you are kept
          1. Reserved for other blessings
          2. God may still be preparing you to be a parent in the future
          3. He may be preparing you to be a foster or adoptive parent
          4. He may want you to be available for a specific work that would be difficult were you to have children
  3. Great Mothers Keep Great Priorities
    1. With Her God (vv. 11-15)
      1. When there are tears in our eyes, there's travail in our hearts
      2. There is no record that Hannah complained to her husband about her condition
      3. Nothing in the text indicates she fought back with Peninnah
      4. She took her sorrow to the Lord
        1. Lord of hosts = Master-Commander of heaven's armies
        2. Appealed to God based on His authority
        3. She prayed continually
      5. She left her time of prayer with a peace that passes all understanding (see Philippians 4:7)
        1. She had a real relationship with God
        2. "No one is poor who has a godly mother" —Abraham Lincoln
    2. With Her Husband (vv. 5, 8)
      1. They loved each other
      2. He gave her a double portion of food
        1. In the Middle East, if you want to honor someone, you give them more food (see Genesis 43:34)
        2. A sign of love and favor
      3. You must pour love, understanding, and stability into a marriage if you want it to last
      4. You must also have a love of God
      5. Kids love to see their parents love each other
    3. With Her Family (vv. 20-23)
      1. She waited for her son to be weaned
        1. In those days, weaning took anywhere from five to seven years
        2. Wean (gamal in Hebrew) = to deal fully with
        3. Spiritual training as well as physical training (see 2 Timothy 3:15)
      2. She was dedicated to raising Samuel
        1. The first few years of life are the most important
        2. They are when a child is the most impressionable and will be most affected by the absence of the mother
  4. Great Mothers Make Great Plans (vv. 24-28)
    1. She fulfilled her promise and plan to return her child to the Lord
    2. In the Hebrew Bible, the book of 1 Samuel comes after the book of Judges
      1. In Judges, Israel was at its lowest point spiritually (see Judges 21:25)
      2. God's plan was to have a child (Samuel) who would come on the scene as a prophet
    3. Hannah made a vow to dedicate her son to God
      1. She realized nothing we have is really ours anyway
      2. God gives us children that we might pour into them and then launch them
  5. Closing
    1. You are of value to God whether you have children or not
    2. When you have pain, God has a plan
    3. You need a set of priorities that you are going to live your life with
      1. Personally toward God
      2. Relationally toward others
Figures referenced: John Bowlby, Anna Jarvis, Abraham Lincoln, G. Campbell Morgan, Woodrow Wilson

Hebrew words: gamal
Cross references: Genesis 16:1; 25:21; 29:32; 31:1; 39:21; 43:34; Exodus 2:1-10; 6:20-27; Numbers 26:59; Judges 21:25; Ruth 1-4; Esther 1-10; Psalm 127:3-5; Matthew 1:5, 18-25; Luke 1:7, 26-55; Philippians 4:7; 2 Timothy 3:15

Topic: Mother's Day

Keywords: mothers, moms, women, infertility, children, prayer, marriage, children, family, weaning, parenting, promise, prophet, priorities

Keywords: mothers, moms, women, infertility, children, prayer, marriage, children, family, weaning, parenting, promise, prophet, priorities

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