Mothers, what kind of mark are you leaving on the lives of your children?
May 12, 2007 6:51pm CST
This was taken from a bible reading that I receive daily from Rhema Broadcasting Group and wanted to share with all the mothers out there and get your thoughts on this. A Mother's Mark! The Bible paints various portraits of mothers and, while they weren't perfect, each one tells a story. Moses' mother broke the law to ensure his safety and teach him the faith of his people. Then there's the mother who came before Solomon, prepared to forfeit her child rather than see him harmed. James and John's mother loved them so much, she wanted them to sit on either side of Christ in His future kingdom. And Paul saw in Timothy a young man of sterling character because of the faith "handed down from [his] grandmother Lois to [his] mother Eunice...to [him]." The most significant thing we know about Timothy's mother is that her mum was a believer because while faith can't be "inherited" it can be passed on through the influence of Godly parents. A little boy forgot his lines in the Sunday School play so his mother leaned over and whispered, "I am the light of the world." The child beamed, then with great feeling announced, "My mother is the light of the world!" We smile, but the truth is, mothers write on the hearts of their children what the hand of time can't erase. E.W. Caswell said, "It's only in [later] life that men gaze backward and behold how a mother's hand and heart...shaped their destiny." Chuck Swindoll adds: "If you were blessed with a good mother you reap the benefits the rest of your life. If your mother neglected your needs...much of what you suffered can't be erased. For good or ill, a mother's mark is permanent." So, Mothers, What kind of mark are you leaving on the lives of your children? Bible-in-a-year Reading: Is 51:1-16, Mk 5:1-20
13 May 07
This is interesting, maddysmommy. We both know that being a mother is no chicken work. I got so frustrated many times that I honestly began to doubt my capability as a good mother to my girls. Inspite of this, I tried to instill on them the wisdom of reading a Bible verse everyday before sleeping. I always let them know that I am not a perfect mom and there is only one who is perfect. I told them that I can only answer 50% of their questions but only God can give them 100% and accurate answers. I hope by doing this, I was able to lead my girls properly.
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14 May 07
I know exactly what you mean in terms of getting frustrated and not confident at times with myself when it came to parenting. I have yet to instill the importance of knowing God and the bible as I am trying to find my way back to him again - its complicated but I'm slowly getting there. My son is only 4 1/2 and I'm always trying to do the best I can in raising him, and I know sometimes I don't get it right. I'm always learning everyday and I hope one day when he grows up that all that I have instilled in him help makes him a better person.
14 May 07
Oh, I understand, maddysmommy. Believe me, I've been through that stages where I refused to believe in Him anymore. It is a complicated life and so many unanswered questions. But in the end, you still need to refocus and seek His presence again.