Influence of Godly Mothers
Many godly men of the past were richly blessed by what they learned from their mothers. Consider biblical characters Moses, Samuel, and Timothy, who had strong maternal influence. Or men like Augustine, John Newton, and the zealous Wesley brothers. Their names would probably never have graced the pages of history if it hadn’t been for the godly women who raised them in Christ-honoring homes.
Susannah Wesley, the mother of preachers John and Charles, spent an hour each day praying for her seventeen children. She also took each child aside for an hour every week to discuss spiritual matters. Here are a few of her training rules: (1) Subdue self-will in a child and thus work together with God to save his soul. (2) Teach him to pray as soon as he can speak. (3) Give him nothing he cries for and only what is good for him if he asks politely. (4) To prevent lying, punish no fault that is freely confessed, but never allow a rebellious, sinful act to go unnoticed. (5) Commend and reward good behavior. (6) Strictly observe all promises you have made to your child.
Godly mothers can change the world! —Henry Bosch