I have a beautiful little 18-month old little boy and like all moms, there are days when I just need a little inspiration. Some encouragement and motivation. Days when I'm not reflecting to the world the grace that has been bestowed upon me as a child of God. I decided to make a collection of verses to reference for those very moments when I need the extra help, a little more strength or patience or just want to feel nearer to the Lord. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of those special verses with you.
"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward."
In the mist of chaos and dirty dishes, crying babies and work phone calls, life takes root and with it a forgetfulness that as mothers we have been blessed with the "fruit of the womb" straight from our Loving Father. It's by his blessing alone that we were able to bring these beautiful children to life and he reminds us that they are our heritage and our reward.
"Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her."
The hard work you do as a mother is not in vain. It is with purpose and blessing that we had children and even though it's probably not expressed as often as we need to hear it, our children and husbands love us and appreciate our efforts but more importantly, the Lord looks upon it with favor. We are abundantly blessed because we are caring for his children.
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
I'm guilty of getting caught up in the demands of this physical world. Comparing myself to other mothers and caretakers. Belittling myself. Convincing myself that I'm not good enough. But Our Lord died so that I could be set free from the chains of sin. He made me clean and therefore, I am, and always will be, good enough for his abundant grace. I just need to love him with all my heart and know that for him I am always enough.
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
This one really resonates with me. It's so easy to lose sight of these virtues when you've been up all night trying to nurse a little one that isn't feeling well. When you've walked in from a long day at work and realized you don't have any milk in the refrigerator and your littles don't have any clean PJs. But it's most important to find time to settle your thoughts and be faithful in your prayer life, joyful in hope and ever-patient in affliction.
"Yes, be bold and strong. Banish fear and doubt for remember the Lord, your God is with you wherever you may go."
I included this scripture because it's my personal favorite, for motherhood and beyond. I'm oftentimes scared about parenting. Worried that I'm not "qualified" enough, that I don't have enough experience. The Lord tells me to let go of those fears and anchor myself in him. He who will never leave my side.
My prayer is for each and every one of you reading this, remember that you are a gift from God and as a mother, you have an awesome responsibility to raise your children as God-fearing individuals. Find strength in the Word of the Lord.