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Q:

What advice do you have for a new mother? I didn't grow up in a stable home, and I don't want to make the same mistakes my mother made, even if they weren't always her fault.


A:

We recently celebrated Mother’s Day across our nation, a time when we should not only honor our mothers, but also thank God for all they’ve meant to us. Perhaps your mother wasn’t perfect, but she still gave you life and took care of you when you could not take care of yourself. One of the Ten Commandments declares, “Honor your father and your mother, … so that… it may go well with you” (Deuteronomy 5:16).

How can you be a better mother? First, love your children — and let them know you love them. They are a responsibility God has entrusted to you and your husband, but they also are a God-given gift, to be loved, treasured and enjoyed. One of the ways you love them is by teaching them about life. The Bible says, “My son… do not forsake your mother’s teaching” (Proverbs 6:20).

Then don’t be afraid to say “No” when your children do wrong, and to back it up with appropriate discipline (but not in anger). Be sure you and your husband agree, however; children are very adept at playing off one parent against the other! Always letting a child have his or her own way may seem like the loving thing to do at the time, but in reality it’s a sure recipe for problems later on.

Finally, put Christ at the center of your family — and your life. Read the Bible and pray with your children; help them realize why church is important; let them see Christ in your relationship with each other. May God bless you — and every mother — on this special day.

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23 Comments

  1. Sondra says:

    Out of love be faithful to God, your hustand, and your children. Ask God for wisdom in living withand before your family.

  2. Geneva says:

    Being a mother is a blessing and I appreciate all your inspiration to all of us.Thank you and may God continue to bless you.

  3. Emmanuela says:

    Thanks for this inspiring message. May God help us mothers to accomplish his will in our lives in Jesus name,amen.God bless you Billy Graham.

  4. Avis says:

    being a mother of two fine sons has been the best ! With God's help from his word and loving discipline and a wonderful husband, we have been so blessed! Now, we are grandparents to a little boy. Prayer works! Yes, we've had trials but God is good!

  5. Dorothy says:

    Children are gift from God. In each child God has put the , potentials, talents and capabilities that should not me under estimated. It is up to parents to unearth them. What you need is the direction of the Holy Spirit.

  6. Sherrie says:

    Thank You Brother Billy, I have always appreciated your words of encouragment. Pray that I will learn to honor my mother. I don't know where to begin with her. I love her and try to do right by her, but it is never enough. God bless Mom.

  7. Aku says:

    Thank you. God bless

  8. Francis says:

    Thank you, for this wonderful and well-put piece. It is indeed true that we abide by what Deuteronomy 5:16 and proverbs 6:20 say. If I may also add, I would like Psalm 127:3 to speak to parents who abandon their children. Happy mother's day!

  9. adomako says:

    God bless you Mr. Graham for being a source of inspiration to millions of mothers around the world.. i am touched by your word and my gratest wish is the gift of wisdom to preach the word like you have been doing for several years. God bless you Billy and your entire family.. Amen..

  10. Naomi says:

    Being a mother is an honour and a precious gift from God.