One of my favorite Bible verses about Motherhood is, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
Wow… train them in the way they should go. Seems simple enough right? And yet it doesn’t even take but a few weeks to realize this is no simple task. There is no training manual when it comes to being a mom.
The Heartbeat of Motherhood
You’ve all heard me say many times how much I appreciate Sabrina, my wife, and the mother of my children. These Bible verses about motherhood show the value and integral place that women have in the nurturing and caring of little hearts and minds growing to know and trust the Lord. The daily rhythm in the home is the heartbeat of the mom in the house. But sometimes, I’ve seen, discouragement and an overwhelmed feeling can begin to creep in.
You will experience the ups and downs with the precious child God has blessed you with. You will have to rise out of bed, splash water on your face to wake up, brush your teeth (maybe by mid-morning if you don’t forget), and begin to tackle the day after another restless night.
Sometimes in the midst of washing dishes, vacuuming, and doing laundry for the umpteenth time this week, it’s easy to forget how important it is to stop, listen, teach. To teach the toddler that he can not take away his brother’s toy just because he wants to. To teach your pre-teen to stand strong and firm in what is right amongst the peer pressure to do what is wrong.
The task of motherhood is not just wiping snotty noses, providing a warm cooked meal, or yelling “clean your room” over and over and over. It’s also snuggling with them when they are scared, because you are the comfort in the dark; kissing their forehead when they do not feel well, because you are the healing love they need to feel better; picking them up when they have fallen, because you are their strength when things get tough. Praying over your children daily and asking God to provide them with strength to follow the path of the straight and narrow, and if they should falter that they may return to His Word every time, leading them by example when things are not easy, and showing your children the power of prayer, as well as giving thanks and praise for all the blessings. These “simple” tasks of motherhood are praise worthy and something to be very proud of.
Whether you “stay at home” or work in a high-rise, just being a mom is enough. There…are…no…Super Moms that have everything in order, every single day, every single time. It is okay to stop what you are doing to blow bubbles outside and hear the laughter of your precious little one, while there are still dishes in the sink. It is okay to just make a smoothie for dinner, if you do not feel like preparing a five course meal for a family of six every night. And it is definitely okay to take a nap with your toddler if you were up several times the night before changing soiled sheets because the potty training isn’t over yet.
Relax and breathe in the mom you are. You are enough! I pray these Bible verses about Motherhood give you peace in knowing that you do not have to be perfect and to find joy in the simple things motherhood can bring. Seek in Him what you feel you can not handle alone, and He will always provide. May you be Abundantly Blessed!
Old Testament Verses
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
~ Exodus 20:12
“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
~ Deuteronomy 6:7
“The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.”
~ Proverbs 14:1
“Behold, Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.”
~ Psalm 127:3
“My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.”
~ Proverbs 6:20-21
“I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”
~ Genesis 17:16
“I would lead you and bring you into the house of my mother — she who used to teach me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the juice of my pomegranate.”
~ Song of Solomon 8:2
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
~ Proverbs 22:6
“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.”
~ 1 Samuel 1:27-28
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
~ Proverbs 31:25
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.
~ Isaiah 66:13
“Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.”
~ Proverbs 19:14
“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
~ Proverbs 31:26-27
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”
~ Proverbs 1:8-9
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”
~ Psalm 139:13
“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”
~ Proverbs 31:28
“Then the mother of the child said, ‘As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So he arose and followed her.”
~ 2 Kings 4:30
“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.”
~ Proverbs 17:6
New Testament Verses
“Treat older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”
~ 1 Timothy 5:2
“Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.”
~ Luke 2:51
“But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.”
~ 1 Timothy 2:15
“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
~ 1 Peter 3:4
“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
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
~ Titus 2:3-5
Read and contemplate what these Bible verses about Motherhood have to say to each one of us. Need more encouragement? See what the Bible says about family!