Proverbs 23:25, "May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!"
"May she who gave you birth be joyful!" A wonderful pronouncement of blessing to mothers. It offers hope and encouragement. As we prepare to celebrate the beauty and wonder of mothers, be blessed knowing your Father in Heaven calls you daughter, the apple of His eye!
Along with the blessings of motherhood, there are also the challenges. Along with joy, there are times of heartache, worry and fear. It can be messy, unpredictable, exhausting and at times full of sorrow.
I know I have struggled with feeling inadequate or deficient especially when I scroll through the beautiful images on the pages of Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. So, if you are one of those mothers who, like me, sometimes feels overwhelmed, unappreciated, rejected or not good enough, read on!
The good news is God loves moms. He knew our children before they were in our wombs according to Psalm 139. He, too, is a parent. The Bible is full of stories with many kinds of mothers. Each story offers encouragement and builds our faith.
Let's look at some of the different moms as we walk through the pages of the Bible. Watch and see how God honors them. Listen to His tender words. Notice His provision. Do you see yourself in the examples?
Be reassured because no matter what kind of mother you are, you can receive the blessing, "May she who gave you birth be joyful!"
The Older Mom: Are you an older mom? You are not alone. Sarah and Elizabeth were both older moms. Abraham's wife, Sarah could not get pregnant until the LORD intervened. Genesis 18: 11: Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing." (NLT)
However, we serve a God of the impossible situation. Sarah did, indeed, get pregnant! Genesis 21: 6 and 7 says, "And Sarah declared, "God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!" (NLT)
Zechariah and Elizabeth had a similar situation. The Bible says, "they had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old." Luke 1: 7 (NLT) The Bible goes on to say an angel appeared to Zechariah while he was serving God in the temple. Luke 1: 13, "But the angel said, 'Don't be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.'" (NLT)
Both Sarah and Elizabeth must have experienced years of heartache and despair. They must have experienced times of testing their faith and questioning if God had forgotten them. Have you experienced infertility? Did you wonder if you would ever get pregnant?
Not only did God give them these moms their hearts desire, both sons were prominent people and a major part of God's ultimate plan! To the older mothers, we say: May you who gave birth be joyful! Happy Mother's Day!
The Single Mom: Are you a single mom? Have you felt isolated and exhausted? Hagar was a single mom. She experienced incredible loss and rejection. Genesis 16: 6: "So Abram said to Sarai, 'Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please. And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence." (NLT)
Hagar is a prime example of someone who has been unfairly treated, cut off with little provision and deserted! Not only was she commanded to be with Abraham and bear him a child, she was resented and ultimately sent away.
Hagar wanted to give up. Have you felt like giving up? She was overwhelmed, hopeless, isolated and exhausted. Can you relate? When she found herself at the end of her rope, God intervened. He provided for her and her son physically and spiritually. Genesis 21: 17-19: "What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation. Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink." (NLT)
God is a father to the fatherless. He is a provider. He is a comforter. Isaiah 54:5 promises "For your Creator will be your husband; the LORD of Heaven's Armies is His name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth." (NLT)
To the single mothers, we say: May you who gave birth be joyful! Happy Mother's Day!
The Working Mom: Are you a working mom? You are in good company! Jochebed was a working mom. She was the mother of Moses. The King of Egypt ordered the sons of the Israelites to be killed. Jochebed hid Moses for three months. She placed him in a basket and laid it in the reeds by the river's bank. The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe and found him and had compassion. Moses' sister watched from afar. She approached Pharaoh's daughter and offered to find a Hebrew woman to nurse him.
Exodus 1: 9: "Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, 'take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.' So, the woman took the child and nursed him." (NLT)
Moses' mother is mentioned in Hebrews 11: 23 as an example of one who showed tremendous faith. To the working mothers, we say: May you who gave birth be joyful! Happy Mother's Day!
The Aggressive Mom: Are you an overly protective mom? Maybe some would suggest aggressive? Rebekah was an aggressive mom. Isaac and Rebekah had twins, Esau and Jacob.
Esau was the older twin, but because Rebekah favored Jacob, she was determined to get Jacob the oldest son's blessing. She came up with a plan to deceive her husband and other son.
Genesis 27: 8, "Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to what I command you." (NLT) Isaac was old. Rebekah dressed Jacob to look like Esau. She placed goat skins on his hands because Esau was hairy. When Jacob questioned his mother, worrying he would be caught and receive a curse instead of a blessing, she got a little aggressive.
Genesis 27: 13, "But his mother said to him, 'Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice….'" (NLT)
As it turns out, it was God's will for Jacob to receive the blessing. If Isaac was angry with Rebekah, we don't know. Rebekah loved her son and wanted to ensure her favorite son received the best.
How about you? Have there been times you are tempted to involve yourself to get the best for your child? You may not have a favorite child, but every child at some point needs extra attention or help. You may need to advocate for your child. You may have to fight for him. You may want to spend extra time on your knees petitioning Heaven on his behalf. To the aggressive mothers, we say: May you who gave birth be joyful! Happy Mother's Day!
The Shattered Mom: Are you a mom who struggles with shame? Maybe you feel God cannot forgive you. We all have a past, and we all fall short of God's glory. Sometimes it is difficult to forgive ourselves for bad decisions and choices. The truth is God can redeem and restore anyone.
Rahab was a prostitute. We meet her in the Book of Joshua. Joshua sent two spies to check out Jericho, the land promised to the Israelites. He planned to take Jericho by force. Rahab's house was the perfect place to hide because of the constant flow of traffic. Rahab was a pagan but hid the spies because she had heard about the feats of their Hebrew God. Joshua 2: 11, "…For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below." (NLT)
For her courageous effort, Rahab was spared as was her family. She negotiated the protection of her father, mother, brothers and sisters.
Her greatest honor, however, was being included in the lineage of Jesus Christ. Matthew 1: 5 tells us she is the mother of Boaz who married Ruth.
Our past is our past. With the forgiveness of Jesus, we can move forward in love and blessing. We serve a loving Father who restores, redeems and reconciles! To the mothers with as past, we say: May you who gave birth be joyful! Happy Mother's Day!
The Widowed Mom: Are you a widowed mom? Have you experienced despair and loneliness? Have you felt abandoned by God? The Bible tells the story of the widow of Zarephath. While we don't know her name, God knew. He told Elijah to go to Zarephath and there he will find a widow who will provide for him. When Elijah arrived, he found the widow gathering sticks. She explained she was gathering them to prepare her last meal for herself and her son. She had run out of food and money and hope.
Elijah told her not to fear. If she prepared a small cake for Elijah, God would continually replenish the remaining flour and oil.
God takes care of the widows. Jeremiah 49:11, "But I will protect the orphans who remain among you. Your widows, too, can depend on me for help."
To the mothers who are widows, we say: May you who gave birth be joyful! Happy Mother's Day!
Some say motherhood is the high calling. Scripture tells us, "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him."Psalm 127: 3 Children are a gift. Being a mother is an ultimate gift. Understand God is a God of households. He loves you and to Him every day is Mother's Day!