1 // YOU ARE LOVED
Yes, the real you. The you that maybe no one else in the world fully knows. God loves that you. And not because of anything you have done or accomplished or completed. God is love and nothing you could ever do (or not do) could change that love He has for you.
1 John 4:9-11
9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
2 // YOU ARE FORGIVEN
You do not have to be a perfect mom. No matter what mistakes you have made in the past or what mistakes you will make in the future, the blood of Jesus covers them all. You do not have to do anything to earn it. It is there for you by just believing in what God has already done.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
3 // You are uniquely called
There are days when you aren’t sure that you are the right person for this job of motherhood. You don’t have the answer. You said the wrong thing. You feel like everything you do is making it worse. But God knows all of that. He uniquely called you to be the mom for your specific child. No one else. Before you were even created, He knew you would be the mother to your child(ren). It is not an accident.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
4 // YOU ARE not alone
Let’s face it, motherhood can be lonely. Whether you are sitting at home with a new infant, dropping your kid off for college, or wondering if your adult child will ever call, there is a level of loneliness that can hit all moms. But God’s amazing truth is that you are never alone. God has made a way to be with you always. The Holy Spirit is alive in you if you have trusted in Jesus as your Savior. He will direct your paths, comfort you in every hardship, and empower you in your exhaustion.
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Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
5 // Your prayers are heard
God hears you. Every single time. He is omniscient and omnipresent which means He has no restraints or limits on His knowledge and presence. He is fully present with you at all times. He never gets tired or overwhelmed or stretched thin. You can rest in the fact that the God who created the entire universe also cares about the details of your life. Bring it all to Him.
1 John 5:13-15
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
6 // YOUR WORK IS VALUABLE
Look at social media for one minute and you will see videos and memes about moms feeling undervalued. Your work as a mom can go unnoticed, unappreciated, and unseen. But not by God. You are raising the next generation of Jesus followers. The end goals can seem so distant, but every sacrifice, every prayer, every laundry load, every meal, every sports game, every band concert, every story, every tear, every minute given to your family matters to God. You are doing His kingdom work.
6 Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
7 // YOU were made to do motherhood in community
God designed you to live in community with others. And this design extends into your role as a mom too. You were not called to do this journey alone. Finding other mom friends, mom mentors, and even younger moms to encourage along the way is not just a perk or a bonus—it is God’s intention for you.
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
8 // You have a guidebook
As a new mom I often thought, “Man it would be great if these babies came with an instruction manual.” Now I’m thankful to know that they actually do! God encourages and guides us with His word and His teachings through the Bible. He longs to speak directly to you through His word that is living and active.
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
9 // YOU don’t have to be your own source of strength
God is all-powerful and you are not. As moms, we like to shoulder the burden of our families, our marriages, our friends… really if we are honest, many of us don’t know how to live any differently. But God wants to take that worry, that anxiety, and that weight from you.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
1 Peter 5:7
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
10 // YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS
There is so much uncertainty in this world, and it can feel overwhelming to lead your kids through it. But you serve a mighty God who loves your child even more than you do. And because of that, your job as mom is not to have all the answers or to protect your kids from every bad thing that could happen. Instead, your job is to continuously point your kids back to the One who can always help, who holds their future, and who can give them strength.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Now what? Here are some things you can do to start living out these truths in your own life.
- Pick one verse that you can memorize and hold onto when you need to be reminded of these truths.
- Continue to read your Bible to learn more about God’s character and to seek His comfort and guidance.
- Thank God for loving your child(ren) even more than you do. Pray boldly for God to be near and real to them. Pray a prayer giving control of your child(ren) back to God. You may have to do this daily as you attempt to take the reins back.
✍️ Credit :: Erin Marken
🎨 Credit :: Matt Rhodes
Creative Associate Director