Celebrate Mother’s Day with these inspiring Bible verses that speak to the strength, influence, and importance of mothers.

The Role of Mothers in the Bible

Mother’s Day is a special time of year for us to reflect on the women in our lives–grandmothers, mothers, friends, mentors, and even ourselves as mothers.

This Mother’s Day, let’s look at the value of mothers in the Bible in these 5 verses I’ve picked out for you.

Strong and Wise: Proverbs 31:25-28

“She is clothed with strength and dignity [the opposite of being covered in shame and disgrace, she is mentally and morally strong]. And she can laugh at the days to come [free of anxiety and worry].

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue [she is wise and gives wisdom to others].

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness [she’s busy and productive].

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her [She is respected and cherished in her family].” – Proverbs 31:25-28

Proverbs 31 is a famous chapter of the Bible among women. I have heard it taught that this was an actual woman that Solomon was talking about, and others claim it is a hypothetical woman–an example of who we should strive to be as Christian women.

However you interpret it, this verse should encourage us to strive to become godly, fruitful women, impacting those around us. I love the parts in this chapter where the woman provides for her family by making and selling linens (Hello, entrepreneurs!). It also mentions that she gets up while it’s dark to take care of her family (He sees you tired mamas!)

I challenge you to read this chapter to see the way he notices and loves you deeply. Statistics show that mothers have the greatest impact on their child’s faith. Those little things you do every day have a kingdom impact!

Honored: Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving to you.” -Exodus 20:12

The fifth of the Ten Commandments given to Moses, this verse places equal honor on both parents in a family. We as women sometimes feel overlooked in the Bible, but God does not devalue us as women. We have authority in our families and God commands that our children honor us.

To honor means to show respect, admiration, and recognition toward someone. It refers to fulfilling your duties with integrity and sincerity, as well as upholding family morals and principles.

In our child-centered world, it can sometimes feel wrong to deny things to our kids. As a former teacher and seasoned parent, children crave the dynamic of parents as authority and guide rather than friends to feel more grounded and secure. When they follow the commandment to honor their parents, in turn, they will learn to do the same for their Heavenly Father.

Blessed: Psalm 127:3

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” -Psalm 127:3

In the very first story of the Bible, God tells Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. Everything he created he called good. I believe that he was celebrating when that first baby came into the world as well! We grieve when we cannot have children in our own way or timing, and he grieves with us.

I remember being in high school when my aunt and uncle were finally able to adopt a little girl from China. We had prayed for this child we didn’t even know. We cried tears of joy when they walked off the plane with her in their arms (back before airport security!). She was our family in every sense of the word. Some of my favorite memories were going over to babysit her during the summer.

These Bible verses remind us that as equally valued children of God, we are also valued and blessed as mothers!

Faithful: 2 Timothy 1:5

“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” -2 Timothy 1:5

I never noticed this verse until I completed my study of the books of Timothy last year. Here is Paul, a missionary of the first church. He’s writing to his apprentice, Timothy, and encouraging him in his own ministry.

Paul reminds Timothy that his faith is generational, passed down from his grandmother and mother. He encourages Timothy that he sees that faith being lived out in his own life as well. What a legacy this verse is to this family! It also makes me wonder if “Grandmother Lois” was alive when Jesus was on the earth. What if she witnessed his teachings or was healed by him?

Whatever happened in her life that gave her “sincere faith” impacted generations after her. Stay strong mama! Your faith is impacting generations to come!

Comforter: Isaiah 66:13

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” -Isaiah 66:13

Not everyone grew up with a comforting mother, but for those of us who did (or those of us who are!), you know there is no bond quite like a mother and child. I love the visual of God comforting his people in this way. While he is still all-powerful and to be revered, he is also our Father, stooping down to pick us up and hold us, “as a mother comforts her child”.

I am almost 40 years old and I still call my own mom for comfort. The relationship you have with your children will ebb and flow, and hopefully morph into a friendship as you grow older. Your mother can be your comforter, counselor, friend, and cheering section.

As a mother, you may be mourning the years that have passed (whether you’re in the trenches of teen years or are aching to visit your grandkids), don’t minimize the power you have to be a comfort to your children even as adults.

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I hope these five Bible verses encourage you today as mothers to remember you have:

  • strength and dignity
  • honor
  • value and blessings
  • faith and influence
  • comfort and care

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