Even though most of us are more than good enough mothers, there are times when we want to be even better. Instead of comparing myself with other moms, I turn to the Bible for inspiration. When I feel that I can’t stand my own kids (yes, that does happen sometimes!), I sometimes call my best friend to vent. But more often than not, the Holy Bible provides the insight I need to figure out how I can become a better person, and therefore a better mother for my children. Here are 5 verses I’ve read at different times and that I still turn to in times of family turmoil.
Read Related: Bible Verses to Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas
Psalms 127:3 – Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward.
This verse reminds me that my children, even when they are trying my patience, are a gift from God. Some friends of mine have not been able to have kids, so I try to bear that in mind when I get upset at them. God is content when we take care of his children, which we bore in our womb.
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This proverb reminds me that my job is to ensure that I raise my kids to be good men and women. If I show them and especially model to them good noble behavior, they will not stray from the good path when they are older.
Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
The same way that Jesus had a higher purpose even before he was born, I need to realize that my own children are here for a reason. It is my job to ensure that they follow their life’s purpose.
Colossians 3:21 – Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be discouraged.
When I read this verse, even though it says, “Fathers,” it makes me realize that when I get upset at my children for something they did wrong, I need to match the punishment to their wrongdoing. Anything beyond that will just make them bitter and rebel against me. I need to breathe deeply and try to dialogue with them.
Corinthians 12:15 – And I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you the more, am I to be loved the less?”
A mother’s love for her children is so big that she is willing to sacrifice her own self for her kids. And this is the truth. When I’m reminded of how big my love for them is, I realize that everything else pales in comparison. That already makes me a better mother.
What are your favorite Bible verses pertaining motherhood or parenthood?