A Mother’s Influence “Do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1:8
No one can adequately estimate a mother’s influence in the household and over her children either for good or bad. The first book every child reads, and the last to be laid aside, is the conduct of his or her mother.
A godly mother really feels the need for private prayer that God may give her daily wisdom, so that by her words, example, and lifestyle she may be a good model of what she wants her children to be. Nor will she fail to plan the family’s day so that Bible reading and family prayer will not fall through the cracks of each busy day. Even where there is great pressure, a little planning can accomplish much. A few minutes spent together with God will result in grace to help all day.
A wise mother will be careful not to give her children thoughtless commands. But when a command is given she will gently insist on prompt obedience – and then follow through. She will not threaten before asking herself whether she intends to carry out her threat if disobeyed. If not, she will seek other means to accomplish her desired end.
A sensible mother will never correct her child until she is sure the child deserves correction. She will take the time to hear the child’s story in its entirety. And if correction is needed, it will be given – but not in the presence of others if it can be helped. Nor should a child ever be deceived; when a promise is made it should be kept.
There are many worries, cares, and anxieties in a mother’s daily life that are not always sufficiently considered, and which even her husband may know nothing of. But a listening ear, sincere sympathy, an appreciative word and a helping hand by her husband will work wonders in the daily life of every mother.
“Each of you must respect his mother.” Leviticus 19:3
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA.