Motherhood is beautifully hard, rewarding work. What was once a life of independence and blissful self-preservation – now two little eyes look up to you and depend on you for survival.
The honor of Motherhood doesn’t come with a manual filled with all the answers to life’s problems. To be honest, Moms are doing their best to figure out this thing called life like everyone else.
Yet, when Mothers find themselves stressed out over daycare decisions or college tuition, when Moms are exhausted from repeating themselves 489 times while running on ‘E’ from extra-curricular activities, homework, dinner, laundry, and craving a morsel of quiet time – Moms can always turn to the the Bible, our playbook, to find encouragement and relief for those tired Mommy days.
Grab one (or all) of these 10 promises from God whenever you need a Mommy-pick-me-up that’ll never let you down…
Moms, God promised:
1. 2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise…
The first promise to Moms is that God is a promise keeper! Trust that even though you may encounter slackness from your children, husband, friends, or coworkers, you will never grow weary of God needing chance after chance to fulfill His promises.
2. Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Moms, are you frustrated and fatigued because you’re seeking “rest” from places or people who are causing you grief? Instead of coming to Jesus, are you expecting Him to follow you? Take the heavy weights you’re carrying and place your hope in Jesus Christ – where your rest is always guaranteed.
3. Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
God is preserving every seed of instruction, wisdom, and obedience we plant in our children. We may not see the entire harvest right now, but God will stir up the training in our children as they mature, and draw them into a closer relationship with Him. Be encouraged, don’t stop being an awesome instructor, and trust that your words are getting through.
4. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.
As much as we love our children – God loves them more! As they get older, it’s often hard to let our children go and grow with a little more independence. Love them enough to let the Greatest Love of all cover and guide their lives.
5. Hebrews 4:15 – We have a high priest who is touched by the feeling of our infirmities…
Ever feel like no one gets you, Mom? Too tired to find the words to adequately explain how you feel? Trust that Jesus empathizes and cares deeply about your feelings. Any insecurities, weakness, stress, or worries – Jesus knows how you’re feeling and exactly how to fix every concern on your heart for God’s glory.
6. Zechariah 4:6 – Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.
Relax, Moms. Take the pressure (and the cape) off. There’s no need to depend on your own strength in any situation. While Mothers are often the Fixers and the Cleaners for their family, be reminded that your power and might does not compare to God’s! When it’s time to take your hands off, when you’ve tried everything else, trust the Spirit of God to produce the best results.
7. Psalms 121:3 – He who keeps you will not slumber.
Think no one works harder than you, Mom? Does it feel like you’re the champion of sleepless nights? Trust that your loving God is keeping you and all that concerns you; He’ll never fall asleep on the job!
8. Psalms 127:2 – He gives His beloved sleep.
Now that you know that God is up, watching and working on your behalf – get your rest, Mom. You are His beloved. You don’t have to toss and turn all night, nor do you have to “eat the bread of anxious toil”. Take advantage of the sweet sleep God graciously offers.
9. 1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your cares upon Him, He cares for you.
Mothers are often professional worriers disguised as “care-ers”. We care about our children and situations almost to a fault. We are concerned about the past, present, and future – when the only one in control is God. Lighten your heart, Mothers, and toss those cares to the feet of Jesus – and leave them there. He’s got it, He’s got them, and He’s got you!
10. Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you.
Moms are great planners. We are often gifted with management, coordination, and organizational skills. But, for those times when the best plans fall short or you just can’t figure it out, trust that God knows the plans He has for you and your family. God has already thought everything through, including the minute details a Mother loves, and His plans will produce beautiful results.
This Mother’s Day, we pray that all Moms and mother-figures feel loved, honored, and appreciated for who you are and all that you do!
What are some of YOUR favorite promises in the Bible for Mothers?