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Rent-A-Mom

Motherhood Church/Body of Christ Fellowship

Source: "Rent-a-Mom the Real Deal for Adults Needing Mother Figure" by GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN, published ABCNews.com, Nov 5, 2015,

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-11-15

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Ephesians 2:19

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Mother knows best, right? Well that’s what Nina Keneally, a 63 year old mom of two from Bushwick (Brooklyn), NY believes. Convinced that you sometimes just need the advice of a “mom,” she has started a new online business for those times, as her site puts it, “When you need a mom... just not YOUR mom.” 

She calls her site NeedAMom, and as ABC reports, “She paid for a sponsored post last week in the Bushwick Daily and has been bombarded with inquires ever since.”

She says her target customers are young adult professionals, many of whom do have loving mothers and fathers, but feel they may not necessarily understand their children’s unique concerns or circumstances. 

One woman, she said, simply wants Keneally to sit with her while she cleans out her closet and offer "non-judgmental" advice on what to keep and what to toss. "My mother would just die if she knew," the potential client wrote in her inquiry to Keneally. "Would you be interested in chatting with me while I work and keeping me on task for a couple hours?"

So you can have the non-judgmental ear of an experienced mom all for the one low price of $40 per hour!

APPLICATION

How is it that in our increasingly “connected” society, we often feel so “disconnected” from a personal community of support and encouragement—to the point that we might feel we have to pay to get the ear and advise of an older, more experienced, concerned person? Our connectedness isn't making us more connected at all. In fact, our connectedness can make us feel downright isolated.

The more time we spend connected on our devices, the less time we are spending developing meaningful and supportive relationships … even with our own parents and families.

So where can you go to develop the fulfilling, supportive, personal relationships we all long for and need? We can start in a community of believers—the church. There is a reason why the church is so often referred to as the “family of God.” There we have access to countless brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers who are all too ready to befriend and mentor.

Put down your devices, put your money back in your wallet, and head back to church.

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25). 

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” ( Ephesians 2:19-22).

Eating Mom for Lunch

Motherhood Co-Dependency Sacrifice

Source: “’Mom of the year?' Mother spider feeds self to babies” By Walt Bonner, Published FoxNews.com, May 07, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-12

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:15

Author: Walt Bonner / Illustration Exchange
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“The insect world may have found its ‘Mom of the Year’ in the female Stegodyphus lineatus,” reports Walt Bonner for Fox News. “It’s a desert spider that feeds herself to her young shortly after they’re hatched”—a practice­ which is known as matriphagy:

Found in the semi-arid regions of Israel and other parts of the Mediterranean basin as well as throughout the Near East and Asia Minor, the female Stegodyphus spins her webs in shrubbery. … Inside the web, she creates a silk disc that contains 70 to 80 eggs, while her intestine tissues begin to dissolve. When the “spiderlings” hatch, she pierces the silk disc, allowing the babies to emerge. …

“At this time a liquid has already accumulated in her gut, allowing her to start regurgitating to her young,” said Mor Salomon of the Israel Cohen Institute for Biological Control. “While she regurgitates, the process in her intestine intensifies and the liquid formed probably travels back through her intestinal tube to her mouth where she secretes it for her young.”

The babies crawl all over her head, trying to get at the liquid that is leaking from her face. She makes no attempt to escape as her young eventually pierce her soft abdomen with their mouths before feasting on the liquefied guts inside. This process takes a few hours, at the end of which their mom (otherwise known as “dinner”) is officially dead.

In the end, the mother has given all but 4 percent of her body mass to her young, who leave her heart alone. Thanks, kids!

“Stegodyphus is not the only spider genus showing matriphagy,” Salomon added. “All species in the family Eresidae (to which Stegodyphus belong) show matriphagy and there are other spider families in which it is also involved.”

To see a picture of this morbid mommy, click the link to source above. The report by Salomon and her colleagues can be found in the April Journal of Arachnology.

APPLICATION

In the bug realm, this practice of matriphagy may be all well and good, but in the human realm, not so much. Here, when children eat their mothers alive, we have a different name for it—it’s call co-dependency—and it can be just as messy. This is what happens when a mother loses herself in her children. allowing them to consume her very being (not to mention all her earthly resources). Sometimes, mom needs to say, “I must leave something for me!”

"So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less?" 2 Corinthians 12:15).

NBA's Kevin Durant Says Mom Is the Real MVP

Motherhood Sacrifice Legacy

Source: "Kevin Durant's MVP Speech About What His Mom Means To Him Will Leave You Floored" by Tony Manfred, Published BUSINESS INSIDER, May 7, 2014

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-07

Scripture: Proverbs 31:27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Kevin Durant's accomplishments in the 2014 season left the NBA league unabashedly bestowing upon him the honor of MVP. Kevin, however, unabashedly proclaims that there is another person who better deserves the honor--his mother!

"I don't think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were 18 years old. Three years later I came out. The odds were stacked against you. Single parent with two boys by the time you were 21 years old.

"Everybody told us we weren't supposed to be here. We moved from apartment to apartment by ourselves. One of the best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment. No bed, no furniture, and we just all sat in the living room and hugged each other because we thought we made it.

"When something good happens to you, I don't know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here. You woke me up in the middle of the night in the summer times. Making me run up a hill. Making me do push-ups. Screaming at me from the sidelines at my games at eight or nine years old.

"We weren't supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn't eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You're the real MVP."

Click the link to source above for a video of his comments.

APPLICATION

Isn't it true that any real success you experience in your life is due to the sacrifice of someone else? For most of us that someone else was mom. Never underestimate the immense influence of a mother's sacrificial love and care. Kevin Durant certainly doesn't.

"She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed …" (Proverbs 31:27-28).

Mom Helps Daughter See Past Her Scars

Motherhood Bully (Bullying) Self-image

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-05-07

Scripture: Matthew 7:5 ; Luke 6:42

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Scandinavia Best Place To Be A Mom

Motherhood Jesus' Preeminence Hope

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-05-07

Scripture: Matthew 7:24 ; Ephesians 5:25

Author: Barnett Gushin
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The Real Value of Mom Time

Motherhood Rest Time Management

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-05

Scripture: Proverbs 31: ; Matthew 11:28

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Motherhood Quotes

Motherhood Quotes Motherhood Parenting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-05

Scripture: Various

Author: Various
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Desperate Baltimore Mom Assualts Son to Save Him Harm

Motherhood Discipline (Corrective) Love (Tough Love)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-04

Scripture: Proverbs 22:15 ; Proverbs 15:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Helicopter Moms

Motherhood Control Trust (In God)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-30

Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11

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Three Pregnant Dads

Motherhood Empathy Men's Concerns

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-27

Scripture: Romans 12:15 ; 1 Peter 3:8

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