IF quotes are from Amy Carmichael, who was a Protestant Christian missionary that served in India for 55 years without furlough and wrote many books about the missionary work there.
THE WISDOM OF MOTHERS
God places our parents in a very important position. They represent Him! That's why God requires children to honor their parents, Exodus 20:15. God uses our parents to teach us a lot. Note the following passages that speak of God's way of using mother's to teach and influence their children. (All passages taken from the NLT)
Proverbs 4:3 - "For I, too, was once my father's son, tenderly loved as my mother's only child."
A wise mother learns the value of loving each of her children as if each one was the only child she had! That doesn't mean any of your children will feel "more important" than their siblings. What it does is helping each child to know they are as important as their siblings. Of course, God can make that happen because that is how He loves each of His children.
Proverbs 6:20-23 - "My son, obey your father's commands, and don't neglect your mother's instruction. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. When you walk their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life."
Note the ways a mother's instruction can influence her children for the rest of their lives. First, they cherish her teaching by storing these truths in their hearts and they "wear" them as if they were a necklace. Second, these instructions serve as guides as they move through life. Third, meditating on them at night gives a sense of security to give them peace. Fourth, as they wake up they have the advice of their mothers to give them a clear understanding of how to make the most out of every hour. Fifth, they have a clear vision on how to handle each circumstance without stumbling. And sixth, the correction their mothers gave them as children encourages them not to depart from living a righteous life. Most mothers have learned the promise of Proverbs 22:6 - "Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it."
Proverbs 23:13 - "Don't fail to discipline your children. They won't die if you spank them."
Corrective discipline, though painful with each spank, proves to have healing powers for the future. Disciplining children while they're young will help them avoid more serious punishment when they're older.
Proverbs 23:22 - "Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don't despise your mother when she is old."
The obvious lesson of this verse gives grounds for mothers to still seek to give good counsel to their grown children. Live in such a way that you will always maintain their respect and admiration
Isaiah 66:13 - "I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child."
Mothers have always been noted for their comfort. There are many times when it's not the words you say but the comforting touch you give that meets the deepest needs of your kids.
Titus 2:4 - "These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children."
Please note the order in which you love your family: Your husband first, then your children. Two points: A good loving relationship between husband and wife allows for a good loving relationship between parents and their children. When fathers and mothers love each other the way they should they will love their children the way they should. Another point is this: the greatest sense of security you can provide for your children is not necessarily telling them how much you love them. It's telling them how much you love their father! That lets them know that whatever they have to face out in the world, they know they're coming home to a safe refuge.