As a mother, I value the examples found in the Bible of godly mothers. The lessons I’m learning from mothers of the Bible help me to remember I am not alone in the seasons of life I face as a mother. The wisdom and strength seen in the lives of these mothers still speak to us over two thousand years later through the pages of the Bible.
Being a mother is one of the greatest joys in my life. I am the proud mother of a daughter and a son, and I also have a precious baby waiting for me in Heaven that my husband and I lost a year before having our son.
Here a just a few mothers whose lives speak to me and the lessons I’m learning from them.
Lessons I’m Learning from Mothers of the Bible
Eve, the first mother ever, also has the unfortunate remembrance of being tricked by Satan. From her I am learning that Satan will always be scheming against me and my family. He is the father of lies and the truth is not in him. He will try to bring doubt into my mind concerning God’s Word about me and about my children.
His greatest lies begin with these 4 little words, “Did God really say…” We can know that God’s Word is the truth and it is His truth that will set us free from the lies of Satan. As mothers, we can take hold of and stand firmly on the promises of God concerning our lives and the lives of our children. We can pray the Scriptures over our children and speak light and life into any storms we may face as mothers.
Satan’s lie caused Eve to take her eyes off all that God had blessed her with and place them instead on the one thing God said she couldn’t have. I am also learning from Eve that I need to be satisfied with and keep my focus on all of the blessings that God has given to me.
Hannah is a beautiful example of a mother who believes in the power of prayer! From Hannah, I’m continually learning about the power of prayer in the life of my children. She also teaches me the importance of remembering that our children truly belong to the Lord. We have been blessed to have our children for such a time as this and need to cherish each and every moment. Even the tough ones.
Getting the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, OCD, and ADD for our son back in 2012 wasn’t an easy time for me. All of my preconceived notions of parenting my son went up in smoke, and I ran to the only place I knew to gain strength and wisdom – the Holy Word of God. Like Hannah, I ran to God and prayed fervently for my son. God was faithful to give me the strength and wisdom I needed back then at a very tough time in my life. He continues to strengthen me and give me the wisdom I need in order to raise my special needs child.
Mary was the mother of Jesus. She was given this precious baby to raise whose destiny it was to die for the sins of the world. What a tremendous responsibility to raise the Son of God! I can imagine her mother heart watching her baby grow into a little boy and eventually a man. I wonder how many nights she cried herself to sleep knowing that one day she would have to give up Jesus?
From Mary, I’m learning that being a mother can be painful. A year before we had our son, I miscarried our baby six weeks into my pregnancy. It was such a shock to me. I remember the cold padded examining table, the silence from my doctor as she did what she had to do, and my husband coming into the room after it was over and me crying and saying, “I’m so sorry.” I cried for days and couldn’t believe the life that had been growing inside me was gone. God was with me during that time, as He was with Mary when she watched her Son die on the cross. He will be there for you too in your painful moments of life as a mother. This is another important lesson I learn from the life of Mary.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 tells us there is nothing new under the sun. The struggles and joys we experience as mothers have been going on since the very beginning of creation when God made Eve. The lessons I’m learning from mothers of the Bible continue to fuel my life as a mother and provide godly wisdom to me at times when I need it the most in this mothering journey.
What lessons are you learning from mothers of the Bible? Share with me in the comments below.
Walking in His Grace,