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Have you ever thought about how often celebrities and dignitaries credit their moms when receiving an award? “First of all, I’d like to thank my mom . . .”
What is that all about? Why, at the height of recognition, do many turn to thank their moms?

You may never think about it, but every time you turn on a light bulb  you can be thankful for an inventor by the name of Thomas Edison. He is  credited with thousands of inventions. And do you know to whom he gave  credit? The mom who homeschooled him!

“My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.” —Thomas Edison

I would say that Nancy Edison held a great position of power and  influence in young Thomas’ life, an inventor who greatly impacted our  nation and even the world. And she lived in a period before the popular  feminist movement—she died before women were even granted the right to  vote!
If you study the history of feminism, much of the rhetoric centers  around women’s sense of powerlessness or the perception that they have  less “power” than men.
But is that an accurate perception?
Consider these lines are from a portion of William Ross Wallace’s poem written in 1865:

“They say that man is mighty; he governs land and sea. He wields a mighty scepter o’er lesser powers that be. But the mightier power the stronger man from his throne is hurled. For the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”

The hand that rocks the cradle . . . rules the world?
Yep! And we have an up-close example of that kind of influential power  in Scripture. In Proverbs 31 we are able to “sit in on” a mother-son  training session. Jewish tradition states that this particular son-in-training was one of the most famous and successful rulers—known far and  wide for his wealth and wisdom—King Solomon. This mom evidently made a  powerful impact on the future king.
In the past fifty years, women may have obtained more “rights,” but I  don’t know that those “rights” provide any greater power than that which comes from inspiring, motivating, and training their own children.

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her” (Proverbs 31:25–28).

8 Comments

  • Paula

    Thank you for the encouragement to stay the course as I train up my children & also home school! History is always SO enlightening. =) Praise God!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    I’m thankful you are staying the course! Training godly children is no job for wimpy women, praying you persevere!

    Blessings!

  • Annette Melton

    Thank you Friend, for the Faithful encouragement. When we moms are home day after day with our children….it can ‘feel’ like the world is passing us by….not many people stop by just to tell us what an important job we are doing. (Although I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband who tries to make sure that I hear it often:) But I KNOW what God’s Word says about my job….and Faithful voices like yours, and there is no more important ‘mission’ than the one God has given me to do! Teaching my children to love God, and to seek after Him….what could possibly be more important than that? Thank you again, for the encouraging Word!

  • Kathleen

    Thanks so much for this article. It’s such a great reminder …that every mother needs. We have such a God given privilege to influence our children for the sake of the gospel. I believe the great commission has to start at home with our own children & the moms that would rather work outside the home are passing up the greatest opportunity possible to fulfill God’s word. Kimberly keep using your voice & influence to this end …it’s so important yet so often overlooked.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, friend! Thanks for stopping by the blog and for your precious message. Your faithfulness and perseverance in raising your children has served as an inspiration to so many. It has been a joy to watch as your oldest ones are following the Lord and living out the truth you’ve poured into them! You are one powerful Mama!

    Love you much!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you, Kathleen, for such an encouraging comment. I am so thankful for women who have a heart to reach this next generation with the gospel!