Listen to Your Momma!
Recently several precious Christians responded in an excellent way to questions about motherhood. They agreed that I could share their comments with our readers. First is the list of questions that I asked. Following that list is the feedback that was submitted, numbered in the same order as the questions.
- What did / does your mother most want you to know?
- What do you as a mother most want your own child(ren) to know?
- What favorite Scripture(s) can / should mothers use in guiding their children?
- What favorite “mother” story (or stories) of yours may we share?
Clarice Langat responded:
- My mother Zoe Ann Perkins has always wanted and always will want me to know that Pleasing God and giving glory to Him in all I do is the most important aspect of our Christian walk. Our lives take shape based on this principle.
- Echoing my own mother’s words in the manner in which Jesus says the greatest commandment we have: You shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. If we can strive to be more like Christ daily, we will have done our duty as God’s children and should be fulfilled in this plan for our lives.
- Above, Matt 22:37-39.
- My greatest joy has always been watching my mom lovingly study and share the gospel with others.
Sharry Lanier responded:
- The most lasting piece of advice my Mother left with me was: “I could never do that _______????? and dishonor my God.” That could be smoking, drinking, partying, whatever that was not conducive to good conduct. Stuck with me all of my life.
- That the decision to follow the teaching of the Bible is the most important guide they could and will ever find–there is no agenda–just love for the Father.
- Proverbs 22:6. Train them up in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it. Of course, they may take a long time in getting there–but we should never lose hope.
- Well–David and I have been married a long time–so this one comes from David’s Mother, Reba. When her middle daughter was still living at home–one day the daughter asked her mother, “Mom, have you seen my swimsuit?” (One that she had obviously bought without her mother’s guidance). Reba said, “Well, I threw it in the trash where it belonged”. I love that story. She could be quite indignant.
Debra Sine responded:
- How much I was loved by them and how important God was in my life.
- How much they are loved by me and how important God is in their lives.
- Proverbs 22:6 (quoted above).
- Escorting my oldest daughter at her ACU graduation ceremony.
Sis. Katherine Johnson James responded:
- That she loved me and would always be there for me … and God loves me and will always be there for me also.
- The same as my mother … that God will always be there for them … and that I love them and will always be there for them as well.
- Joshua 24:15 and Matthew 5:44.
- When my kids were old enough to know we were going through hard times … one day my oldest daughter asked me … momma what we gonna do … I remember that I wasn’t worried about it … because I was raised to put everything in God’s hands through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour … and he will work it out. Sometime later I went to the mailbox, and there was a check made out to me for a refund on a bill I had overpaid … and I showed my oldest daughter … and ever since that day years ago, there’s no doubt that, if you trust and obey God’s words, he will make a way.
Georgie Speers responded:
- My mother taught me that what I thought became what I said and did, and what I said and did became a habit. So be careful what you think! Mother taught me to use kind and thoughtful words because God is always with me, knowing what I think before it even comes out. She taught me to sing hymns by her example as she sang while cooking, cleaning, etc.
- I want my children to know they are beloved children of God and an example to those around them. They have a home in heaven prepared for them. God planned for His Church with our brothers and sisters who provide God’s love to His (our) family on earth. God gave his Son to die for us so that we can live in Heaven with Him!
- Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love: in honor preferring one another.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.
- Mother taught me self-control when she told me, “I am too angry to spank you right now, but when I calm down you will be spanked.” I was maybe 10 and I asked her if I could go somewhere and she said no. She was washing dishes with her back to me and I didn’t expect her to turn around and see me stick my tongue out at her! All afternoon I tried my very best to please her and make her forget. But she did calm down later and sat me down with one of her ‘talkings-to’. Of course she had me in tears before she finished talking to me and I was genuinely sorry for what I had done. Yes, she spanked me but most of all I remember what she had said. (I also learned that spankings were not nearly as difficult as a ‘talking-to’!)
Connie Nibarger responded:
- That I LOVE her and miss her every day. I don’t know how she did it as one of eight children, many of whom lived thru the Great Depression. A nurse and a homemaker, a very strong and strong-willed mother.
- That I love them very much and that they will always be my babies, no matter how old they are.
- Ephesians 6:4. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
The Bible says that children are a blessing from God (Psalm 127:3) Children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Matthew 18:2-4 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Proverbs 22:6 (quoted above).
- One of my favorites is when they went to church camp, and when they went as Boy Scouts to Brazil.
Written by Cory Collins
Cory Collins is a Bible teacher and a minister of the gospel. He serves with Keller church of Christ in Keller, Texas. He and his wife, Tanya, have been married since 1977. They have two children and two grandchildren.