But she will be saved through ·having children [or motherhood] if she continues in faith, love, and holiness, with ·self-control [propriety; good sense].

1 Timothy 2:15 EXP

This morning as I was spending some quiet time, I began thinking about my children and I hoped that I have raised them well.  Usually about this time, the enemy likes to sneak in a whisper of doubt condemning me on how I have failed my children – but instead I recalled this verse [see above] from my morning Bible reading.  The commentary in my New Spirit Filled Bible said:

“To be a Christian homemaker, wife, and mother is as lofty a work as can be inspired, especially as we study the abundant historical evidence of a mother’s influence in shaping the destiny of children, who have in turn shaped the history of the church and of nations.”

Earlier in this chapter my reading made me curious as to what exactly qualifies someone as an Apostle, now I don’t know if I found a list of standards or requirements, but from what I understood on the topic, I thought Billy Graham would be an example of an Apostle.  I understand he is typically referred to as an Evangelist, the way I understood the explanation of an Apostle is someone who teaches and follows the Gospel, is a leader of the church (not any particular church) but someone who is considered genuine and unabashed in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.  I thought what a wonderful woman of God I bet his mother was, so I decided to see if I was correct – here’s what I found:

Writing in Just As I Am, Billy shared several stories that point to the important role his mother played in shaping his life…

“What we did have back then was family solidarity. We really cared about each other, and we liked to do things together. Jesus’ word picture of a hen gathering her brood under her wing fits my mother. She saw to it that we gathered frequently and regularly—and not just around the dinner table or in front of the radio for favorite broadcasts. She gathered us around herself and my father to listen to Bible stories, to join in family prayers, and to share a sense of the presence of God.”

On August 14, 1981, Morrow Graham quietly left this earth in her sleep and entered Heaven.

“When word came,” said Billy, “I wept and yet rejoiced at the same time. Of all the people I have ever known, she had the greatest influence on me. I am sure one reason that the Lord has directed and safeguarded me, as well as Ruth and the children, through the years was the prayers of my mother and father.”

Speaking on Mother’s Day 2003, Billy told the audience in San Diego that his mother was a farm woman. “She and my father didn’t have much education … But my mother was a woman of God. She always had devotions with us, she always prayed with us, she always loved us, and did so many things, as I look back now, out of the way. And she and my father, when I was in Bible school, they would go up to a room upstairs and kneel down every morning at 10 o’clock to pray for their son in Bible school.”

From Billy Graham: A Tribute to His Mother

The thought came to me this morning that boys usually marry a woman similar to their mother; and that weighed on my heart, am I the kind of woman I would want my boys to marry?!?  I hope that they would find someone much better than me!  [This wasn’t the enemy whispering doubts, it was my own attempt at being humble, with the realization of how much I can mess things up at times – well actually, quite often]  This revelation made me realize the weight of ALL my responsibility.  I already knew my job was to raise our sons to be the men of God that God created them to be – but now I’m supposed to be a role model of what their future wife should be like!?!

I think it’s easy for us Mom’s to lose our sense of purpose, we can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of raising our children in the day to day life, that we forget just how important the role Motherhood truly covers – especially in a world that puts down the homemaker responsibility and lifts up the role of successful career woman and money maker [ don’t even get me started on this anti-man so called ‘feminist’ movement which proclaims that children weaken women or just the added pressure that women can do it all – which really means we end up spreading ourselves too thin].  I know the lifestyle we’ve chosen for our family is not for everyone, but I would never go back to the stressful times of a full time career plus being a wife and mom.  We live in a fallen world that has different standards and measurements of success compared to the role God has called women to fulfill.

I pray that those who have answered the call of motherhood – whether by baring children, adopting, or fostering – would be strengthened by God’s Word.  God has given us the responsibility to raise up the next generation of sons and daughters; our work in the home is not for nothing, instead I believe it is critical to the future of the church and our world.