Saturday, May 10, 2008

Alright, give your mother a kiss, or I'll kick your teeth in.

Happy Mother's Day to those most experienced at sacrificing for others.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. ~Peter De Vries

The phrase "working mother" is redundant. ~Jane Sellman

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. ~Pearl S. Buck

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother. ~Author Unknown

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. ~Ambrose Bierce

Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that. ~Golda Meir

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~Honoré de Balzac

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. ~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

He is a poor son whose sonship does not make him desire to serve all men's mothers. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime. ~William Shakespeare

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. ~Spanish Proverb

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along. ~Margaret Culkin Banning

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~Milton Berle

Motherhood is priced
Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.
~Helen Hunt Jackson

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. ~Aristotle

Women are aristocrats, and it is always the mother who makes us feel that we belong to the better sort. ~John Lancaster Spalding

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
~William Goldsmith Brown

What are Raphael's Madonnas but the shadow of a mother's love, fixed in permanent outline forever? ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests. ~Author Unknown

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty

[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. ~Emily Dickinson

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease. ~Lisa Alther

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. ~Victor Hugo

Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother. ~Beverly Jones

That best academy, a mother's knee. ~James Russell Lowell

The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother's Day are the good ones. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper

A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. ~Honoré de Balzac

A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all. ~Washington Irving

My mother is a poem
I'll never be able to write,
though everything I write
is a poem to my mother.
~Sharon Doubiago

Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing. ~Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood. ~Isadora Duncan

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. ~George Herbert

Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. ~Erich Fromm

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.
~Ann Taylor

Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. ~T. DeWitt Talmage

The precursor of the mirror is the mother's face. ~D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971

A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. And mothers are their daughters' role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships. ~Victoria Secunda

Mother's love grows by giving. ~Charles Lamb

I miss thee, my Mother! Thy image is still
The deepest impressed on my heart.
~Eliza Cook

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated. ~Washington Irving

I cannot forget my mother. She is my bridge. When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely. ~Renita Weems

A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, "where mother is." ~Keith L. Brooks

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends - but only one mother in the whole world. ~Kate Douglas Wiggin

If I was damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o' mine, O mother o'mine.
~Rudyard Kipling

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not. ~James Joyce

My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart - a heart so large that everybody's joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation. ~Mark Twain

It's not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it. ~From the television show The Golden Girls

The mother's heart is the child's school-room. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Women know
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The desolation and terror of, for the first time, realizing that the mother can lose you, or you her, and your own abysmal loneliness and helplessness without her. ~Francis Thompson

Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother. ~Moorish Proverb

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. ~Abraham Lincoln

No painter's brush, nor poet's pen
In justice to her fame
Has ever reached half high enough
To write a mother's name.
~Author Unknown

Women who miscalculate are called mothers. ~Abigail Van Buren

A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done. ~Author Unknown

One of the very few reasons I had any respect for my mother when I was thirteen was because she would reach into the sink with her bare hands - bare hands - and pick up that lethal gunk and drop it into the garbage. To top that, I saw her reach into the wet garbage bag and fish around in there looking for a lost teaspoon. Bare hands - a kind of mad courage. ~Robert Fulghum

One lamp - thy mother's love - amid the stars
Shall lift its pure flame changeless, and before
The throne of God, burn through eternity -
Holy - as it was lit and lent thee here.
~Nathaniel Parker Willis

No one in the world can take the place of your mother. Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right. She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones. ~Harry Truman

Life is the fruit she longs to hand you,
Ripe on a plate.
And while you live,
Relentlessly she understands you.
~Phyllis McGinley

All mothers are working mothers. ~Author Unknown

Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of "Mother,"
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me.
~Edgar Allan Poe

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb

The Apostle Paul wrote: "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." (Philippians 2:4) Is there any greater human example of this than a mother? ~Gunny Hartman


At 10 May, 2008 18:28, Anonymous Chris said...

Thanks, Gunny, something from this list will get read tomorrow.

At 10 May, 2008 18:33, Blogger GUNNY said...

I'm preaching on Philippians 2:1-4 tomorrow and thought of mothers as being some of those most likely to obey the latter part in particular.

I thought to myself, "Self, why wait to post this on Sunday? You might have some folks out there who would appreciate its utility on Sunday morning."

Sometimes, I outsmart myself.

At 10 May, 2008 18:33, Anonymous Chris said...

I shouldn't be surprised that a homiletics professor has his illustrations this well organized.

At 10 May, 2008 18:35, Anonymous Chris said...

I am preaching on Genesis 3:16; we believe in the redemption of the biblical role of women, not rejection.

But, I just needed a little something more with which to get started.

Preach the Word.

At 10 May, 2008 18:38, Anonymous Chris said...

Okay - - just one more comment.

Isn't it amazing as it relates to Phil 2:1-4 that Paul is willing to relate his joy to unity? Often in Philippians we think of joy as being independent of any circumstance. Yet, Paul does say it hinges in some part on the unity of the Philippians.

Indeed, if one studies every occurence of joy in the NT, it is amazing how often it is connected to the fellowship of believers, e.g. 1 John 1:3-4.

Not to preach your sermon or anything. Our best from God's people in Northern Illinois to your flock down there.

At 10 May, 2008 19:41, Anonymous Charles Page said...

(HT to Campus Crusade for Christ)

What does this mean?


At 10 May, 2008 19:46, Blogger GUNNY said...

HT is shorthand for "Hat Tip" as in "tip of the cap" in acknowledgment or appreciation.

For example, an acknowledgment that the verbiage "sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, leaving the results to God" is not original, but CCC derived.

At 10 May, 2008 20:35, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some great quotes here. I hope you don't mind if I print them out. Also, thanks for your kind words on my blog. Your blog is worth revisiting.

At 10 May, 2008 20:35, Blogger WatchingHISstory said...

"...evangelism is to present before them someone in whom to believe. They must understand their need for such a salvation, of course, and they must understand what they must do, as well as what God will do when they do what they must do."

Isn't this the verbiage you want to eliminate?

Your web page: "Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who brings to life the dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone, apart from which humanity is powerless to positively respond to God."


At 10 May, 2008 20:38, Blogger WatchingHISstory said...

does this mean you endorse the "carnal Christian" teaching of 4 gospel laws and Scofield Bible?


At 10 May, 2008 20:49, Blogger GUNNY said...


Thanks for the kind words. By all means, share and share alike.


Starting from the bottom up ...

I'm not sure of the antecedent of "this," but the short answer to that is a resounding, "NO!" In fact, I think that "carnal Christian" theory is one of the most damaging we have to deal with.

Regarding the verbiage we're trying to eliminate, I'm not sure I follow you.

God regenerates to believe on Christ and we are powerless to effect such, but we are responsible to portray the glory of Christ in whom they must believe and they are responsible to believe in Him.

We plant and water seeds, but only God gives growth, including any and all understanding of that which is spiritual.

Chris said...

"we believe in the redemption of the biblical role of women, not rejection."

Amen, brother!

At 11 May, 2008 07:54, Blogger WatchingHISstory said...

"... as well as what God will do when they do what they must do."

unscholarly people can be too picky.
It just seem to me you were implying Regeneration follows the sinner doing whatever he has to do.
It's just my simple belief that the sinner has to do nothing prior to regeneration. After regeneration there is a lot to be doing. Conviction, repenting, confession, believing etc. etc.

Happy mother's day


At 12 May, 2008 12:07, Anonymous Charles Page said...

I think that "carnal Christian" theory is one of the most damaging we have to deal with.

Gunny, My SBC pastor who I really appreciate with the exception of his referencing Campus Crusade members who 'rescued' him in college. They introduced him to the four gospel laws and discipled him into the 'carnal Christian' theory. He advocates this from the pulpit and it spills over in his preaching on sanctification and the Spirit filled life.

I was raised a Wesleyan-holiness Pentecostal and I rejected from my younger years the same message he preaches.

He condemns Pentecostal versions of Sanctification as a second work of grace and then confuses The Baptism with the Holy Spirit (Pentecostal version) with sanctification. He then goes on to preach a Holy Spirit baptism as a work of sanctification different from the baptism of I Cor 12:13.
Going from a carnal Christian, babe, to a spiritual Christian, mature. I Cor 2.

It seems to me to be a Keswick Sanctification, almost Wesleyan.
Is this compatible with SBC belief in Santification?

My 'upraising' was erronous. We believed that we were saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Spirit. We broke with Wesleyanism with the Baptism with the Spirit being an enduement for service rather than sanctification.
The enduement was not a cleansing but for service. Sanctification was for cleansing since God uses clean instruments. Here is where I broke with my raising. I could not distinguish between new birth and sanctification. It was just an out growth of regeneration.

I am now Bapti-costal! I still believe in the Pentecostal Holy Spirit baptism (endument for service) which often has to be refreshed! Acts 4:31 and a practical application of santification but my Wesleyanism is long gone! It never really took root!

While Wesleyanism is bad teaching, my pastor's teaching cauterizes the young Christian into acceptible carnality. In Wesleyanism we did not accept it but believed it could cost us our salvation (not believing in ES) and forced us to return often to the altar for cleansing and even restoration.

My Holy Spirit Baptism pushes me to the Market place witnessing for Christ and puts my vocation ahead of my profession and so my profession has to measure up. If it doesn't I have to return to the altar for correction (santification).

My pastor's baptism leaves the believer constantly working on his profession, which does pack the house, but the believer never enters a vocation knowing his profession never really measures up. The non-vocational Christian suffers from sanctification exhaustion and eventually resolves to be a carnal Christian six days a week.

This does seem most damaging!


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