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Mothers Shape Future Men

If you look at the beginning of Proverbs 31, you might find a surprise. The chapter includes not simply the famous portrait of an excellent wife but also the teaching and influence of a godly mother on her son.


Randy Alcorn | Abigail Dodds | Tim Challies | Stephen Phinney

 

Note from Stephen: As many of our readers know, 2023 is dedicated to empowering men and women to exemplify the Biblical roles stated in the Holy Word. Recently I was introduced to Tim Challies, and his profound work regarding this topic. Here is what Tim has to say.


Women shaped the men who changed the world.


  • History tells of women whose love for the Bible shaped its earliest and most prominent teachers.

  • It tells of women who were great theologians in their own right, yet whose only students were their own children.

  • It tells, time and time again, of Christian men who owe so much to their godly mothers.


Raising children to honor and glorify the Lord is the goal of every Christian mother, but how can you do that? Who can teach you? One of the best ways to learn is to read examples of women who have succeeded at the very task you are attempting.

Come take a brief look at some of them. Book link below.


  • We will look to the church’s earliest days to find a man who owed his salvation to the careful biblical instruction he received on the lap of his mother.

  • We will zoom forward a few centuries to a woman whose constant prayers were at last rewarded when her son came to faith and went on to become one of history’s most influential theologians.

  • We will advance to recent centuries to see how the prayers, teaching, and examples of godly mothers have shaped evangelists, preachers, and stalwart defenders of the faith.

  • We will learn together of Christian men and their godly moms, mothers who were used to shape the men who changed the world.

—Tim Challies

 

Note from Randy: I think this article by Abigail Dodds, is wonderful. Having raised two daughters, I’m deeply grateful for our sons-in-law, and their families who raised them to be men of character and faith. And now Angela and Karina are the moms of our five grandsons, who they are raising to know and love Jesus. (Note: I say “our” instead of “my” not out of habit or nostalgia, but simply because my Nanci, though she has relocated to another place, is more alive than ever before.)


Whether you’re a mom to young boys or not, I think you’ll find what Abigail shares helpful and insightful.

 

FOR MOTHERS OF FUTURE MEN

Abigail Dodds


If you look at the beginning of Proverbs 31, you might find a surprise. The chapter includes not simply the famous portrait of an excellent wife but also the teaching and influence of a godly mother on her son.