McDowell Technical Community College

Berry Chapel Baptist Church

The Day My Mother Forgot: In Memory Of Carolyn Williams My Mother

By Pastor Steve Williams

Mitchell County

                There is nothing like a Godly Mother. They are always there for you and they never seem to forget the things you like. My mom was a Godly lady, she kept the family in line and in church all the time, because she loved God so much. Each night she would read me Bible Stories and pray for me at bed time. She taught Sunday School for over 40 years, and I have many years of her notes that she used to teach Sunday School. I am so thankful that my mom was always faithful to God and God’s House. Through her faithfulness, she showed me how important it is to place your Faith and Trust in God, in all things that happen in life, whether they are big or small.

Then about eight years ago on an Easter Sunday, we were having a cookout that evening at my parents’ house. My mom loved to eat steaks cooked on the grill. So, I had fired up the grill getting ready for the cookout and went into the house to get the steaks. I stopped by Mom’s chair and asked her how she would like her steak cooked. She looked at me and she said, “you tell Steve I want mine cooked medium.” I thought she was just joking when she said, “tell Steve to cook it medium,” because I was Steve. I said,”Mom I am Steve,” and she said,” no you are not,” and I said, “yes, mom I am.” At that time, my eyes were opened and I saw something was happening to my dear mom. I’ll never forget the confusion and hurt I felt the day my mom forgot me. I know it was not her fault, but it was a disease that was starting to take control of her body called Alzheimer’s. From then on, we started seeing mom go down. She would have her good days, and she would remember who I was, and some days she would have bad days and forget who I was.

It hurt me to see this happening to her because she was the person I could talk to and ask  to pray for me, and she would. I remember talking to her about going to Fruitland Bible Institute when God called me to preach. She Prayed. There were times, I could not find things in the Bible that I was looking for; I could call her and she would help me find them. When I was confused about church matters, she would pray about them, and for God to give me knowledge on what I needed to do. She was a great inspiration to me and I believe my greatest prayer warrior. Then, eight years ago as I have already mentioned, Alzheimer’s hit my mom. But the most amazing thing I found out during my mom’s Alzheimer’s was, she never forgot how to pray. She may have forgotten me from time to time and even other people and things, but she never forgot her Lord and how to pray to Him. The reason I say this is I found myself many times just needing to talk to her about things after she developed this awful disease. I would kneel by her chair at the Brian Center, and share with her my heart and how I was struggling, and how I needed her to pray for me. I don’t know how much she understood about what I was telling her, but I do know, when I placed my head in her lap, hurting, she would place those sweet hands on my head and pray to God for me. She may have not prayed for the things I asked her to, but she Prayed very clearly and directly to the God she knew and had lived for almost all of her life. It was great to know even though my mom may have forgotten who her son was, she never forgot her Lord.

  1. My Mom prayed for me to have a Godly Wife and I Do. Her Name Is Beverly Williams and now she is my greatest prayer warrior. THANKS MOM FOR ALL YOUR PRAYER

Quotes On Godly Mothers From Godly Men.

  • Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. Billy Graham
  • I don’t believe there are devils enough in hell to pull a boy or girl out of the arms of a godly mother. Billy Sunday
  • To be a mother is by no means second class. Men may have the authority in the home, but the women have the influence. The mother, more than the father, is the one who molds and shapes those little lives from day to day. John MacArthur
  • The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life-long. Perhaps when you are dead and gone your prayers will be answered. L. Moody