Like Mary, all good mothers help their kids grow
by Billy Graham
May 09, 2014 10:30 PM | 1322 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Q: Does the Bible say anything about how to be a good mother? We have three children, and I really want to be a good mother to them, but my home life was so unstable when I was growing up that I never learned much about being a good parent. — Mrs. S.T.

A: Tomorrow is Mother’s Day in our nation -- a time to honor our mothers and to give thanks for all they’ve done for us. Even if your mother wasn’t everything she should have been, she still gave you life, and I hope you’ll pause to thank God for her.

I’m thankful you want to be a good mother, because nothing could be more important for your children’s future. God gave them to you, and He did so because He knew they needed the love and guidance only mothers can give. And that’s why the first step in being a good mother is to realize that God has entrusted them to you. The Bible says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him” (Psalm 127:3).

Remember: When God sent His Son into the world, He gave Him a mother — the Virgin Mary. He did so because He knew Jesus would need the protection and love she could give. Because of Mary’s motherly care, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

Love your children (and let them know it); be patient with them; teach them what is right and what is wrong; care for their needs. Most of all, make Christ the center of your life -- and your home. The greatest gift you can give them is to point them to Jesus Christ, who loves them and wants to help them become the people He created them to be.

Q: What is heaven like? Is it an actual place, or is it just a state of mind? How do we know what it’s like anyway? — J.H.

A: The Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about heaven because it is far more glorious than anything we can possibly imagine! But it does give us glimpses of heaven and what it will be like -- and those are more than enough to make us want to go there!

One important truth about heaven is that it is real. It isn’t just something people dreamed up because they hoped there might be something beyond the grave. Nor is it just a state of mind (like a dream), with no reality behind it. Heaven may include dimensions we can’t even imagine, but it is real, and we’ll even be given new bodies so we can enjoy its reality.

But equally important is another truth: Heaven is the place where God dwells. His glory and majesty will fill heaven, and we will see Him as He truly is. I can’t begin to imagine what that will be like, but it will be glorious! Centuries ago, Job declared, “I know that my redeemer lives.... I myself will see him with my own eyes” (Job 19:25,27).

The greatest truth about heaven, however, is that we can go there! Sin cuts us off from heaven, and unless we’re cleansed of our sins, we have no hope of ever sharing in heaven’s glory. But Christ came to take away our sins, and He did this by His death for us on the cross. Have you trusted Him alone for your salvation? If not, or if you’re unsure, ask Him to come into your life today. God’s promise is for you: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life” (John 3:36).

Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit

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