Trying to be a good mom in today’s world of information overload can be a daunting and confusing task. It seems every way you turn there is someone ready to tell you what you’re doing wrong or how you could do it better, and many times this advice is conflicting! It’s so hard to know sometimes which voices to follow, and I often get overwhelmed trying to figure out the “right” way to handle issues of motherhood. Ultimately, however, I believe that if I keep the following three things in mind, I can’t go wrong!
3 Essential Pieces of Spiritual Encouragement for Moms
God knew what he was doing.
We have an infinitely wise, all-knowing God. He has declared the end from the beginning, and everything He has planned will come to pass (Isaiah 46:9-10). His plans are great and intricately woven, and the most amazing thing of it all is that He chooses to use us in those plans! How awesome is that? And as part of His plan and wisdom, He chose YOU to mother the children He has given you. He did not make a mistake when He entrusted His children to you to take care of (although you may wonder sometimes!).
You ARE enough.
Given that God knows what He’s doing and that He placed your children in your hands, it follows that you have what it takes to be their mother. Even if you’ve made mistakes, even if you feel like you’re failing, and even if you have the most stubborn child on the planet, you ARE enough. With God’s help (and that’s the most important part!), you are enough to care for their needs, you are enough to discipline them, and you are enough to raise them into the men and women God designed them to be. He knows you better than you know yourself, and He knew your kids before you did, and He put you together to accomplish His purposes. He has great confidence in you!
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He gives you everything you need.
Finally, you must remember that God has given you everything you need to mother your children! And He continues to do so all the time through His Spirit. John 16:13 says that the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth, and James 1:5 says that if we lack wisdom, we only need to ask for it. How great is that?
During those times when we’ve made an error in judgment, when we are paralyzed by indecision, or when we feel absolutely depleted, we need not despair. Rather, we should turn to God and lean on His strength, His wisdom, and His energy.
Being an imperfect mother is not a sign of being the wrong mother to our children. It is a sign of our dependence on Jesus. And what better place is there to be than on our knees acknowledging our need for our Savior? And what better position for our children to find us in? For there will come a day when they, too, will need to recognize their own dependence on Jesus.
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Encouraging Scriptures for Moms
- Proverbs 2:6 – For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
- James 1:5 – If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9 – “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
- Psalm 28:7 – The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
- 2 Corinthians 9:8 – And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need for every good work.
- 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 – We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.
- Philippians 4:13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
- Galatians 6:9 – So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
- Isaiah 40:31 – But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
- Philippians 4:19 – And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
- Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
I want to make it clear that I have written all this not from a “been-there-done-that-bought-the-t-shirt” place, but rather as a fellow sister trying to figure out how to be the best mother she can be. My oldest is 2, so I am just starting my journey. But I have already discovered how difficult it can be to identify and follow the “right” advice. I have a definite perfectionist personality, and I often suffer from “analysis paralysis” worrying about making the perfect decision. Remembering these three truths helps keep me focused, calm, and grounded in the ultimate Source of wisdom. I hope they bring you as much comfort as they have to me!
If you know another mother who could benefit from these encouraging words, please share! Founding our identity as mothers in God’s view of us is so important, and the more moms empowered by this truth, the better!