I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. —2 Timothy 1:5
Who knows what lifelong influence a mother and grandmother can have in the life of a child? Sure, Timothy was strengthened greatly through his relationship with Paul. But the foundation, the early training in the Scriptures, was laid by his godly mother Eunice and grandmother Lois. Is it too much to argue that world history is shaped in the home through godly mothers?
In Spurgeon’s autobiography he says,
Never could it be possible for any man to estimate what he owes to a godly mother. Certainly I have not the powers of speech with which to set forth my valuation of the choice blessing which the Lord bestowed on me in making me the son of one who prayed for me, and prayed with me. How can I ever forget her tearful eye when she warned me to escape from the wrath to come?… How can I ever forget when she bowed her knee, and with her arms about my neck, prayed, “Oh, that my son might live before Thee!”(p. 44)