“Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.”—Acts 9:31.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. I try and fail to always take into account the multiple things that good moms always do.

In my experience, good moms will tell you that they can always do something better. That said, I got to thinking about this text of how the church grew. Fear and encouragement were from within in each believer. The result for the church was it continued to grow and do wonders for the Lord, including baptizing believers and converting guys like Cornelius and Paul.

I often wonder if traits of fear and encouragement define good moms. Any mom I know will tell you that what keeps them going to love their children and admit when they are wrong and celebrate when they are right is the choice to do so.

Moms give up a lot — vacations, careers, even long-term peace and quiet. Yet, moms keep going. Why? It's the fear of the Lord and encouragement by an outside source.

Moms know how to stay positive — not because it comes from within but from a source beyond themselves.

Sometimes, that source is human. Yet, the older I get, the more I am convinced my wife and many other good moms continue to live and grow because the source is divine.

The book of Acts says that Peter stayed with a “tanner named Simon.” Tanners were worthless jobs and the people who worked them were usually worthless, too. But Peter stayed with him. Why? I believe it was because of Peter’s miracle of raising Tabitha from the dead that “became known all over Joppa.”

Good moms continue to try, even though their children don’t always show respect, their jobs aren’t always positive and life is never easy.

Why? Because the Holy Spirit encourages them to do so. I know mine does, and if we are honest, so does yours.

Happy Mother’s Day to my wife and to all the moms out there. You may feel alone, but like the Holy Spirit was with the church, He is also with you.

And that is worth celebrating.

John Thomas is pastor at Carroll Springs United Methodist Church.

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