I want to be a mother like HANNAH who prayed that God might give her a child and then dedicated that child to God’s service.
I want to be a mother like THE SHUNAMMITE WOMAN who could truthfully say of her child, “It is well with my child,” and could find such peace in her own heart and in her own home that she could say, “I am content.”
I want to be a mother like JOCHEBED who by courage and forethought protected her child from evil forces and trained him to love God and God’s work above the wealth and power of a king’s court.
I want to be a mother like RACHEL, whose teenage son could resist the temptation of an evil woman when he was far away from her guidance or reproof.
I want to be a mother like NOAH’S WIFE who could so instill in her three boys the principles of God that they could live right when all their companions were evil.
I want to be a mother like THE CANAANITISH WOMAN who cried unto Jesus that He might help her daughter.
I want to be a mother like MARY, the mother of John Mark, who put the church first in her home.
I want to be a mother like EUNICE who taught her child God’s word from infancy and so molded his life that he became a faithful servant of the Master.
I want to be a mother like MARY, the mother of Jesus, who thought much though she talked little, whose submission to God’s will was so perfect and complete, who was ever concerned about His welfare and did not forsake Him when all others did, but followed Him in love even to death.
(Helen M. Young, Christian Woman, May 1961)