In a world of books, movies, and Instagram quotes, we hear a lot about motherhood. Some of it’s good and some of it’s bad, but is any of it biblical? While advice and encouragement from friends, family, and the Internet can be good from time to time, let’s lean into the Word of God and find out the truth. Let’s see what the Bible says about motherhood.
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The Bible is God’s Holy Word, a powerful tool in changing lives and drawing us close to our Father. The words that God spoke through His authors in this Book are designed to reach deep into our hearts and encourage, uplift, and challenge us. That being said, we know that what God has to say about mothers is something that we can take to heart and truly cherish. Let’s explore His Word together.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. – Psalm 127:3
As I scoured the Bible for verses on motherhood, I couldn’t find a better one to start with than Psalm 127:3. Your children are a heritage, a reward from our Heavenly Father. What does this say to mothers?
It says that we should be blessed by our children. God has seen it right to reward us with these kiddos of ours. Some days I don’t feel like I’ve earned a reward for anything, but God’s love is so vast and infinite that He blesses me anyway.
This should also frame our attitude towards our children. They aren’t a nuisance or a burden. They shouldn’t be seen for how much it costs to raise them or how many resources they’re using. If we are to be godly mothers, we need to see our kids for what they are: a heritage, a reward, and a blessing.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6
Many mothers find themselves relying on this verse throughout the teenage and young adult years when children are more prone to wander from the faith. While it’s certainly relevant during those seasons, I would challenge mothers in every season to take one particular word in this verse to heart: train.
To train is to make prepared or to direct the growth of something or someone. As mothers, we are called to train our children. This begins when they are merely infants, by praying with and for them, taking them to church, immersing them in worship, and much more. It should continue throughout childhood, the teenage years, and even as your children become adults.
Of course it will look different in each and every stage of life, but if you want to direct the growth of your child towards the Lord, you must train them. You must teach them who God is and how much He loves them, that He wants a relationship with them, and that He alone is worthy of their praise. Train them to love and worship God, and He will be faithful to capture their hearts.
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you. – Isaiah 66:13
It’s important to realize that this scripture from Isaiah is from a time when God was speaking to His people. However, what we can glean from it is that a mother should comfort her child.
You’ve probably just pictured a mother comforting her crying newborn or her injured toddler, and those are sweet moments. That’s my current season of life, and I love to comfort my babies. But we must remember that in all stages of life, we are an example of the Father’s love to our children. So while it may not look the same to comfort your 17 year old as it did to comfort your 2 week old, it is no less important.
Comfort your kids when they need it. Even when they’ve brought the grief upon themselves or put themselves in this situation, they need your mothering heart, not your harsh words. Correction and reproach can come later, but first, comfort and love must take root, just like with our Father.
My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. – Proverbs 6:20
As mothers, we are called to teach our children. This isn’t in direct reference to schooling (though that may be the calling for some families), but simply in regards to teaching our children about Christ. This is one of my favorite parts of motherhood.
It seems like such a hefty responsibility, and to be honest, it is. But oh friends, how sweet it is to watch your kids learn about and love the Lord. To teach them about Who created the world, how God led the Israelites into the Promised Land, and why Christ died for them. To see them really get it, and to see their hearts changed, is the best feeling in the world.
Your teachings will make an impact far beyond their years at home, mama. Don’t miss out on that blessing.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. – Proverbs 31:28
Fair warning: your children may not actually rise up out of their chairs and proclaim, “Mom, you are blessed!” (Though I don’t think any of us would be opposed to that.) But this verse reiterates one powerful truth: if you are a mother, you are blessed.
It may not always feel that way, and the reason why is simple. The enemy doesn’t want us to feel blessed. He wants us to feel overworked and unappreciated. He wants us to feel exhausted and desperate for a break. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when those feelings are warranted. However, we can take a lesson from the apostle Paul and choose to be content whatever our circumstances (Philippians 4:1).
God has given you these children, whether by birth, foster, adoption, or some other way. Because of that, you are blessed. The Lord Himself speaks that over you. Claim it, believe it, and live it.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. – Deuteronomy 6:6-7
We are admonished again here in Deuteronomy to teach our children. More specifically, in context, we are to teach our children the Ten Commandments, the core of our faith.
While many have taken this verse to mean that homeschooling is the way to go, I can assure you that’s not what Moses was saying here. Instead, he was impressing upon parents the importance of constant and consistent teaching of the tenets of the faith.
By talking about God in their house and on the road and as they laid down and rose up, Moses knew that these parents would be regularly pouring these truths into their children. We need to embrace that same concept: regularly pour the truths of God into your children and watch how God moves in their hearts.
And He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And His mother treasured up all these things in her heart. – Luke 2:51
This may be my favorite mothering verse in the whole Bible, because I think it speaks to the tender love of a mother. Luke 2 begins with the birth of Christ, and ends with twelve year old Jesus sitting in the midst of the teachers in the temple. What a journey his mother had already walked, and yet she couldn’t have imagined what was to come.
But here, in the midst of seeing who Jesus was becoming, the Bible says that she treasured all these things in her heart. The virgin birth. The shepherds. The wise men. The prophecy. Her preteen in the temple. She knew more would come, but she took these things and tucked them away in a place that she could treasure them forever.
Oh, if that isn’t a beautiful picture of motherhood. We’ll move far beyond the all-night nursing and sticky toddler hands and first days of school. But as we take these things and tuck them away in our hearts, we create treasured memories that will last forever.
We’ve explored some of the scriptures here that speak directly in regards to mothering, and that is so good. God has obviously spoken these words to mothers for a specific reason. However, Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword.” God has something life-giving to speak to us through all of His Word in every season of life. In this season of mothering, whether it’s a season of babies or teenagers or empty nesting (or anywhere in between), the book of Romans and the Author of life have something powerful to say to you.
That’s why I’m thrilled to announced the release of my first book, What Does Romans Say About Motherhood?
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I don’t really liked devotional books. I didn’t want to write this one. But God assured me that this was from Him, so in I jumped. As I journeyed through the book of Romans, I wasn’t just looking at the book from the lens of “What is God saying?”, but more specifically, “What is God saying to mothers?”
This probably isn’t like your other devotional books. Some might say that it’s too short or that it doesn’t teach very much. I don’t have pages of analysis of each chapter. Instead, I’ve focused on guiding you through a study of God’s Word on your own.
You’ll begin each day by reading a chapter in Romans. Please, don’t just take what I say and use that as your study for the day. Read the whole chapter. Let God speak in context. After you read the chapter, I’ve picked out a verse or two to share with you, along with a few thoughts on God’s heart for mothers in those verses. Finally, you’ll end each day with a few questions that are designed to take you deeper.
I hope you’ll join me in this journey through Romans. I’ll be honest: it’s hard for me to promote my own work. I haven’t written this book to make money or to get my name “out there”, but simply to share with you the truths that God spoke to me through the 16 chapters of Romans. If you’d like to find out more or get your own copy, you can click the link below.
And please know, I appreciate your support more than I could ever say. Soli Deo Gloria. ❤️️