Motherhood is wonderful and glorious - and messy and busy - and rewarding and challenging - and up and down - and fun and crazy - and filled with doubts and confirmations. Despite this daily rollercoaster experience - it's the most rewarding blessing anyone could ever receive from God, and one I personally wouldn't trade for the world!!
In all my years of being a mom, I’ve never met a perfect mother. And yet, I strive to be one myself. It's taken me years of reflection, observance, encouragement, and self-talk to finalize realize that motherhood is a journey that is unique for each one of us! Each day offers an opportunity to step into the role of motherhood with confidence. Thank goodness we have God's reassurance that he loves us and that mothers hold a special place in His heart!
God has entrusted each mother with an assignment to care for our children. And each assignment is different. So we must give ourselves grace and space to grow and evolve - and to appreciate our unique circumstances and unique children. No two days are the same! No two children are the same! And no two mothers are the same. So - do you! Be the best mother you can be. Do it your own way (with God at the helm, of course) - and everything will be just fine!
Takeaways From Biblical Moms
As modern day mothers, we may sometimes feel a sense of guilt - around not being the perfect mom. This may result from many things - perhaps not preparing daily homecooked meals, or not making every extracurricular event that our children participate in - or even just being too tired to be engaged and 100% attentive to our children every day! There may be days when we feel like we're all alone on an island - or like no one has messed up quite like us. Newsflash - you're not alone!
Rest assured that God doesn't expect us to be perfect. Long before we came onto the scene, mothers raising children were honored in the Bible not because of their perfection, but because of God’s greater plan for their motherly efforts. Let's take a quick look at three mothers in the Bible.
Our first lady was Eve. Please indulge me while I use my imagination. She had it all! An blissful life void of stress. A husband who regarded her as his beautiful helpmate. No hard work or responsibilities - other than to leisurely stroll through the garden and enjoy nature and beautiful animals! And then ... she blew it - big time! And life has never been the same! Yet, here’s what the Bible says about Eve in Genesis 3:20 “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.” What made Eve memorable in God’s eyes? Her motherhood. God could have destroyed her at that very moment when he found Adam and Even naked in the garden. But he didn't!
What are the lessons for us? Whether we’ve made big or little mistakes, God will forgive us if we repent of our sins. He sees the value of our motherhood roles and will bless us when we seek his help.
Sarah was a gorgeous woman who had it all - except for one thing. Isn’t that the way it is with us? We may have a million blessings, but yet there’s something we want desperately. Sarah’s “something” was children. When she was long past childbearing age, God promised her a miracle that she would bear a son. Abraham was almost 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old, yet she gave birth to the promised baby. Isn't that amazing?
So, what are the lessons for us? Nothing is too difficult for God. For any mother who is barren - don't give up hope! Pray and wait on Him.
Mary, mother of Jesus
Mary is undisputable the mother of all mothers. God hand-picked this beautiful, pure and exceptional woman to be the mother of his only begotten son - our Lord and Savior. This is a testament to how important motherhood is for God. When I think about how omnipotent God is, I can't stop thinking about how special mothers must be to God. He sees all; He knows all; and He can do all! He could very well have just "placed Jesus here," perhaps as a baby or as a child. Or, Jesus could have just "appeared" on Earth as an adult. But instead, he allowed Jesus to be born naturally. God chose his mother. The Bible speaks of his miraculous birth. He gave our Lord a mother. What a blessing!
So, what's the lesson for us? God cherishes motherhood. It's a blessing to be called.
Motherhood with its joys and frustrations was God’s idea and creation. He never promised we’d have a perfect family or be a perfect mom, but He did promise His never ending presence. That’s what gives us stamina and hope for the journey. Embrace it Mothers. God has a special place for us His heart.
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