Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalms 19:14)
Recently, I have been made painfully aware of the power of a mother’s words. Over the last few years, several of my friends in their 60’s and 70’s have struggled with the lack of encouragement and unkind words they received or were receiving from their mothers. In both instances, the results of this treatment were painfully evident in their health, current life situations, and even physical appearance.
Then as I was reading in the Old Testament I noticed that in the list of the kings of Israel and Judah, the names of their mothers seems to be significant. For example, 2 Kings 15:32 says that Jotham King of Judah’s mother was Jerusah daughter of Zodak. A quick search of the name Zodak will show you that the name is associated with several men who were faithful servants of God. It is interesting that one of their grandsons was a king who “did what was right in the eyes of the LORD” (2 Kings 15:34), during his time as king.
What influence Jotham’s mother must have had over him for him to follow God despite his father’s and grandfather’s actions?
Then in my own life the influence of my mother’s and grammy’s words and examples have kept me on a good path despite very hard circumstances. I would not be here today if it weren’t for them. Specifically I remember my mother getting up each morning to spend her time with God. Even though our lives were chaotic and in turmoil, she showed us each morning where her true strength laid.
Through these examples, I’m slowly learning to not see myself as “just a mother.” The power and influence of my words and actions can affect my children forever and shape generations of my family. I need to be careful to use them both wisely.