A Mother’s Day tribute to a wonderful mother-in-law… Linda Barnett, now with the Lord
“In Joppa (Polson and other places) there was a disciple named Tabitha (Linda) who was always doing good and helping the poor. She became sick and died. When the disciples head that Peter was in Joppa they sent for him…When he arrived, the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.” Acts 9:36-39
Sharon had sent a Valentine’s card to Mom that she never got to read before she went to be with the Lord. In it was a verse that summarizes my thoughts today. It reads…
“Mothers do things…
Diligent in everything
• Her work – employment
• Her responsibilities and commitments to others
• The countless small daily tasks
• In getting the house ready for guests – serving a meal – cleaning up after a meal… You name it
Deferring to others
• Here is a lady that practiced Philippians 2:3-8
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!
• She had a servant spirit – she just had to serve others – it was her orientation in life!
• Friendly argument with her room mate Lisa Pitts over who got the privilege of paying the 50 cents for the dump fee
Dignified in her demeanor
• In her appearance – her modesty
• In her suffering – never complaining!
• To her family
• To her church
• To others – she was an incredibly others oriented person!
• To prayer – her daily prayer partners – My mom (her roomie) and Orvia Strom (my aunt). They spent their mornings praying for YOU!
• To the Lord Jesus Christ (from the day she made her commitment to Christ He was the center of her life.)
Mom Barnett today we honor you – we rise up and call you blessed…
Your life was like a candle – whose flame was the Spirit’s presence, whose fragrance was the Savior’s kindness, whose warmth was the Father’s love! Thank you for all the ways you reflected His heart into our lives!
“The path of the righteous is like the first light of dawn…shining ever brighter until the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18