By Akosua Frempong, Ph.D.
Mothers and Grandmothers are so crucial in the lives of younger women. Today, I celebrate motherhood! Mothers and grandmothers can have a positive influence on our lives. One of the positive influences concerns our value for education. Education, as they say, is critical; knowledge is power. Our education perspective, gained from our mothers and grandmothers, can shape how we eventually show our girls how important, valuable, or beneficial education is. Sure, both my mother and grandmother would not have been able to take care of me and instill that truth into me if not educated.
Being raised by my mother and grandmother, their value for education and reading built a strong foundation for my literacy and education. They showed me how important education is in an indirect or unspoken yet authentic way. They did this by supporting me financially throughout my education. Because of their relentless effort, I have a Ph.D. today and follow my passion without fear, knowing I have their constant support. When I announced that I was graduating from my Ph.D. program, the joy they showed was overwhelming. I could tell they were proud of me. When the Scripture says your children will make you proud, as a believer, it is no joke; it is the absolute truth!
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father,
But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
Proverbs 10:1 NKJV
I am here today because of God’s help and the hard work of my mother and grandmother. I guess I can take some credit here, too. Today, not only have I earned my Ph.D. in communication, but I have also taken the skill of reading and the importance of education to heart. The importance of education has permeated my life as an individual. At the same time, I tried to navigate various aspects of my life, professionally and as a mother myself. If my mother and grandmother had not educated me, I would not have been able to achieve the things I do today. I would certainly not have been where I am at today.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NKJV
Those of you who do not have fathers in your life should not think it is the end of the world. Sure, it is God’s ideal plan, but it does not mean that you cannot succeed otherwise. I know of remarkable men and women who were fatherless. Not by their doing, but for some reason, it happened, perhaps it was the enemy’s work, but God has turned or will turn it around for good. And it reminds me of the faithfulness of God as a father to the fatherless. God still has a plan and a perfect one! You need to believe and trust Him. Give Him your cares, and He will take care of you!
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
Psalm 68:5 NKJV
Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22 NKJV
Today, may this story minister to you, the woman or girl without a father. May you know that there is hope and God is not done with you yet. May it inspire you not to give up. May it inspire you to educate yourself to the highest level you can. May it give you a stronger sense of the significance of education. May you keep this story in mind for many years to come.
Scriptures quoted from the New King James Version. Photos from Pexels.