A mother's influence

Monday 29 March 2010
I found my tattered Word for Today booklet which I'd carried all the way from New Zealand two years ago. The messages sort of jumped out at me and in many ways, are profound to me at this stage of my life.

Mother's Day - Sunday May 11 2008: A mother's influence

"Direct your children onto the right path". Proverbs 22:6

When Harry and Ada Mae Day brought their first child Sandra home from the hospital, it was to a tiny ranch house without running water, electricity, or a school within driving distance. But they refused to let their surroundings limit them. His father's death had kept Harry from attending Stanford University but he never lost hope that his daughter would study there. Ada Mae subscribed to educational newspapers and magazines, home-schooled her daughter and later sent her to the best boarding schools in America.

One summer the entire family climbed to the dome of every state capitol est of the Mississippi. Sandra did attend Stanford, then law school, and eventually became the first woman Supreme Court justice in America. The day she was sworn in she donned her robes and took her place among the other justices. Then she locked eyes with her family, and the tears began.

Solomon said, "Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it" (Pr 22:6 NLT). What made Sandra Day O'Connor successful? Intelligence and ambition undoubtedly played a part. But much of the credit goes to a determined little woman sitting in a four-room clay house reading to her daughter for hour upon hour, and to parents who climbed the stairways of capitol domes alongside their children.

Chuck Swindoll says, "As significant as political, military, educational or religious figures may be, none compare to the impact made by mothers. Their words are never fully forgotten, their touch leaves an indelible impression...the memory of their presence lasts a lifetime. I ask you, who else has that kind of influence?"

Thank you, Mi for your love and sacrifice xxxxx


  1. Wish could give you a BIG PHYSICAL HUG right NOW.!!!:D Always believe in you are destined for BIGGER things in LIFE .Whatever mistakes in our parenting ,my fervent conviction is ALL mothers meant well and the very BEST for their children .



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