Motherhood has been one of the greatest joys of my life. When I became a mom it opened up a new type of love in me I didn’t know I was capable of and a love so different than any other love I had experienced. There is a love we have for our parents and siblings, a love we experience for our husbands, and yet a different kind of love for our children.
A Mother's Love
A mother’s love is that which allows her to share her body with another for 9 months at a time, experience sleep deprivation for years on end, and deal with body fluids she would otherwise not go near.
A study was done to measure the amount of pain a woman goes through during child birth. Doctors discovered that if men had to go through childbirth they would not survive. Not surprising, the common cold has often put men in bed for a week. Luckily, it’s not up to men to birth children, or the human race would be extinct by now.
A Mother’s love is often the glue that holds the family together. She manages the busy schedules, the laundry, the groceries, the student planners, the homework checks, sewing of costumes, becoming a taxi service and on and on.
How Can a Mother Use Her Influence Wisely?
A woman can use her influence in her home
Out of a mother’s love comes her desire to be a good influence in her home.
A mother’s love influences her home in practical ways with decorating and creating a place of beauty for her family. A mother influences the lives of her children with kind words, caring, nurturing, teaching values and helping children understand God and his love.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, expressed his appreciation of the influence of his mother. When asked about his family, Abraham was once quoted as saying …
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln’s mother died when he was only 9 years old? And yet, he attributed the man he was, to her great influence.
How I would love to go back and learn from Abraham’s mother. What did she do as a mom that had such a profound impact on her son before age 9? Her influence that helped shape him into a man with the courage of his convictions, the strength to stand up to opposition, and multiple defeats in his political career.
I’ve contemplated my influence as a mother so many times over the years especially to the point leaving our nest. If God had taken me before the children were adults, would I have invested enough into their lives that they would grow to be people of character, healthy self-value, love for God and others, and a desire to impact this world for Christ?
Dave and I were intentional about building into the lives of our children so that the world would be a better place because they were here!
The other two areas a mother can be a woman of influence will be discussed in part two.