Mothers impact how their children view family. Mothers define womanhood for their daughters. Christian mothers cannot allow society to define femininity for the women of God. Our culture has confused equality with sameness. Equal pay for equal work and entrance into scientific and technological fields are matters of equality. Equality is a goal worth attaining. Yet although we are equal, we are not the same. Men and women are different. God made us male and female. In fact, the reason why God made woman the way he did was so that she would be different from the man and do for her husband what he could not do for himself. A daughter learns how you treat her future husband and relate to men from her mother’s example. Mothers, how your daughter sees you treat your husband will not only influence how she will treat her husband; it will also influence whether or not she will even want a husband. Some children come to the conclusion that if their marriage is going to be like their parents’ marriage, then they would be better off single.
Mothers influence their daughters’ view of friendship. Young ladies need to know how to be friends with each other. They don’t need to be learning about friendships from the unreal housewives. They need to see the example of their mothers being faithful friends. They need to see that a friend loves at all times and a sister is born for adversity. Thank God for mothers who aren’t fake and phony, but are loyal, consistent, drama-free, loving friends. Thank God for mothers who show their daughters that women can get along with each other.
Mothers influence their daughter’s faith. Obedient faith is critical. What type of Christianity does your daughter see you living? Is it hypocritical or genuine? It is not so much what you say to them that builds their faith, but it is what you live before them. Your faith influences the next generation. Eunice had a faith that was sincere enough that when her daughter Lois saw it, she wanted to experience it for herself. The genuine faith that Eunice passed on to her daughter Lois, was the same faith that Lois passed on to her son Timothy (2 Timothy 1). Thank God for women of God who have made an impact on the daughters and sons of God!