by Steve Wagers

A Godly Mother Ain't Like No Other
Steve Wagers
Proverbs 31: 10-31

In the mid 1700's, there lived an old saintly woman, who everyone called 'Mama Newton.' She was a lady that all the children in the neighborhood wanted as their mother. She had hair like a halo of silver, hands worn with calluses, and cheeks that were stained by tears. Everyday, and every night, you would find Mama Newton crying, and praying, over her washtub, in a room of poverty, for her son John.

John had run away from home as a rebellious teenager, to become a sailor. John had become an ungodly, wicked man, who was disowned by his father, and everyone who knew him, because he was so wicked. Yet, day and night, Mama Newton kept praying that God would save, and use her wayward boy. She believed in only two things: the power of prayer, and the conversion of her son.

God, one day, answered the prayer of Mama Newton, by wroughting a miracle in the heart of her son, John Newton. As a result, John Newton, the drunken-sailor, became John Newton the sailor-preacher, who at age 54, penned the Christian national anthem: Amazing Grace! God greatly used John Newton to reach thousands, including a man by the name of Thomas Scott, who with his voice and pen, was used by God to lead thousands to Christ. Included, among them, was a man by the name of William Cowper, who penned the immortal words, "There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood,' which has brought thousands to the one who died at Calvary. All this, because of a believing, godly old mother, and her washtub prayers. 1

Abraham Lincoln once said, "Behind every great man, is a great mother." The once powerful leader of France, Napoleon, said, "Let France have great mothers, and France will have great sons." Rudyard Kipling said, "If I were hanged on the highest hill, I know whose love would follow me still." D. L. Moody, one of the greatest evangelists who ever lived said, "All that I have ever accompli ...

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