Five Inspirational Verses on Mothering

1) Psalm 31: 28-29!

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”

For years. Like 20 plus years, I have watched as Proverbs 31 was held up as the gold standard that all Good Christian Women should immolation. I’ve read books, done Bible studies, listened to sermons revolving around this particular passage in the Bible.

And last year, I began to hate it.

Ok maybe hate is a string word.

But I began to loathe hearing about this Wonder Woman.

And , far too often. I bore witness to Proverbs being used as a club to emotionally beat women . Shape up, be like this Shining example. Stay up late, rise early, don’t eat the bread of idleness. I have even heard the case of “strength and valor” being the reason we modern women should workout and stay fit , in order to please our husbands physically.

And I hate to admit but I’m my 20s I bought this hook, line, and sinker.

Having a baby every two years is not exactly conducive to shedding post baby pounds, y’all. And now you’re telling me I’m biblically mandated to appear fit in order to appease my husband. Just back that truck load of guilt, condemnation, and body shame right on up and dump it on me.

By now you might be wondering where the inspiration comes in.

Guess what?!?! We got it all wrong!!!

In Ancient times, Jewish men would sing this proverb over their wives every sabbath.

And some orthodox Jewish men continue this practice today.

Over their wives. Every week.

As in, these women already are these things.

Proverbs 31 isn’t a todo list. It’s not a list of goals. It isn’t even a list of virtues we have to pattern our lives after. We are already proverbs 31 women. the more we become like Christ, the more these traits are showing up in us and through us. No striving or weight loss or shiny hair required.

We don’t have to become women of valor. We already are!

( woohooo)

Luke 2:51 b

“But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.”

I love this verse. Theologically it’s fun to think about how Mary and Joseph would have attempted to parent Jesus. But today I’m bringing this verse to your attention because I’m highlighting Mary’s role not as virgin but as mom.

Because we do this, don’t we?

We relate labor stories , and we tear up on their birthdays. We remember long nights of walking the floor when they had colic. We remember the first tooth, the first word, the first step. We keep locks of hair from their first haircut. We have their baby teeth crammed in the back of our jewelry boxes. ( what are we going to do with them? We have no clue.)

This verse reminds me that this is what moms do. We remember. We carry our children’s stories until they are ready to take ownership of them there selves.

3: Isaiah 66:13

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.”

This is a sweet verse as it relates to the nature of mothering. Comfort.

Today I am reminded of God parenting us. comforting us, even as we in turn pour our our lives , our time, our energy to comfort and build up our children.

4: Isaiah 49:15

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”

What a love. We understand this to be rhetorical. Of course we wouldn’t forget our babies.

Occasionally one hears of neglectful or abusive , or even downright monstrous mothers on the news… but they are the exception that process the rule. They are noteworthy precisely because they are unusual.

Mother’s protect and care for their young. Mother’s make themselves available in a million little ways for their precious children.

Mother’s are compassionate, consistently putting their babies needs above their own. There is a reason there is a term “mother love”.

And as fiercely as we love our children, God loves us, and then, even more. What good news!

5 : Proverbs 31: 10-12

For our final verse today we are headed back to Proverbs 31. We remember that this isn’t a list to achieve , but encouragement to delight in.

10 [a]A wife of noble character(A) who can find?(B)
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband(C) has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.(D)
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

I hope this encourages you today, no matter where you are on your mothering journey.

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