I was but a youth and thoughtless, as youths are apt to be;
Though I had a Christian mother who had taught me carefully.
There came a time when pleasure of the world came to allure,
And I no more sought guidance of her love so good and pure.
Her tender admonitions fell but lightly on my ear,
And for the gentle warnings, I felt an inward sneer.
But mother would not yield her boy to Satan's sinful sway,
And though I spurned her counsel, she knew a better way.
She made my room an altar, a place of secret prayer,
And there she took her burden and left it in His care.
And morning, noon and evening by that humble bedside low,
She sought the aid of Him who understands a mother's woe.
I went my way unheeding, careless of the life I led,
Until one day I noticed prints of elbows on my bed.
I saw that she had been there, praying for her wayward boy,
Who for love of worldly pleasure would her peace of mind destroy.
Long the conflict raged within me, sin against my mother's prayers,
Sin must yield - for Mother never , while she daily met Him there.
And her constant love and patience were like coals upon my head,
Together with the imprints of her elbows on my bed.
And so at last the fight was won, and I to Christ was led,
And mother's prayers were answered
By her elbows on my bed.
Be-Attitudes for MothersBlessed are the Mothers who love God, for their children shall
not be ignorant of their Creator and His plans concerning them.Blessed are the Mothers who love the word of God, for their
children shall know of the way, the truth and the life.Blessed are the Mothers who love the house of God, for their
children shall enter there and sit with them in the presence of God.Blessed are the Mothers who love to pray, for their children
shall feel the power of prayer and many shall find salvation.Blessed are the Mothers who love to give to the cause of Christ,
for their children shall become supporters of the Kingdom of God.Blessed are the Mothers who love the family altar, for they
shall have their reward in this world and in the world to come.Blessed are the Mothers who love to speak kind words to their
neighbor's children, for thereby they shall win
other boys and girls besides their own to Jesus Christ.Blessed are the Mothers who love to be companions to their
children, for they shall be called understanding Mothers.Blessed are the Mothers who love to fight life's battles
bravely with a strong and steadfast faith in God, for their
children shall know where to find strength in time of need.Blessed are the Mothers who, when they are old and gray,
can look back upon memory's wall with no regret and can say,
"I brought my children up in the fear of the Lord."
Theirs are the mansions in glory.(Author unknown)
See also Grandma's insight