All mothers are are to be honored. Mothers who follow Jesus are worthy of great honor. My mother was such a one and I honor her memory.
Paul recognized two such mothers in his letter to Timothy.
3 I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did, with a pure conscience. How unceasing is my memory of you in my petitions, night and day 4 longing to see you, remembering your tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5 having been reminded of the sincere faith that is in you, which lived first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and, I am persuaded, in you also. 2 Timothy 1:3-5
Most children come to faith in God through their parents
Children naturally respond to the to the love their parents convey. Through that love, children come to trust their parents. The Godly words and actions of their parents reflect their love of Jesus. How mothers and fathers honor and follow Jesus comes through, especially through the fruit of the Spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Messiah have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let’s not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another. Galatians 5:22-26
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 7 Therefore don’t be partakers with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, 9 for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth, 10 proving what is well pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:6-10 Context: Eph 5
Through parents love in action (1Jn 3:18), the vast majority of children come to faith in God. My observation of an ad hoc survey bore that out.
One time around the year 2000, I was with Judy at a conference in Colorado Springs with about 4,000 fired up believers. The speaker asked for a show of hands on how they first believed, or got saved. “Was in through the gospel Billy Graham preached at one of his crusades?” About 10 hands came up. “Was it at any other kind of Christian Crusade or Conference?” About 10 hands came up. “Was it by hearing the gospel your pastor preached?” About 100 more hands came up. “Was it by being led to the Lord by someone you knew other than your parents?” Around 500 hands came up. “Was it by believing the gospel one or both of your parents taught?” More than 3,000 hands came up.
I was brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph 6:4). I could feel God’s love through the gentle touch and hugs of my mother. When I was hurting, her soothing comfort made it better. My father’s character, especially his reverence of God and reliance on the Bible for the truth was a wonderful example to follow.
The greatest blessing mothers and fathers can convey to their children is faith in God our Father and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As for my wife Judy,
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed.
Her husband also praises her. Proverbs 31:28