There is nothing so selfless as a mothers’ love. Mother’s Day is a day when we can truly express our gratitude to our moms or the mother figures in our lives. We can say thank you for all the love she has shown over the years.
This year, why not add a Bible verse to show your mom how much she means to you? In this blog, we will firstly look at the role of mothers and God as a mother, this mothers Day. Then, we’ll explore ten Bible verses you can use in your Mothers Day Card.
The Role Of A Mother
As a mom, it is easy to feel forgotten or neglected. But remember that small things done with great love are worth so much in God’s sight.
A lot of the work a mom does can be seen as menial: tidying up, doing the laundry, potty training, reminding children to put their clothes away. But in doing these acts of service, children are grounded in love.
The Love Of A Mother
The love of a mother gives an emotional grounding that will last a child into adulthood and throughout their life. The Bible is a whole lesson in looking past what the world sees. Remember the story of David: “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
Small Acts Of Love
Every Moment Holy, a collection of liturgies based on the everyday, has a liturgy for Changing Diapers, part of which reads:
“My unseen labors are not lost, for it is these repeated acts of small sacrifice -that like bright, ragged patches – are being slowly sewn into a quilt of lovingkindness that swaddles this child.” (Every Moment Holy, Douglas Kaine McKelvey, (Nashville, Rabbit Room Press, 2019, p. 55).
How wonderful to see it this way; parenting is a sacrifice, but it reaps a wonderful and hard-earned reward too; that of seeing your child grow.
God As A Parent
God honors and values the role of the mother and we can see this throughout scripture; He even refers to Himself as a parent at times.
In Hosea 11:3-4 God says:
“It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.”
God here reflects on the way that He raised up Israel, as a mother does with a child, and how all those acts were taken for granted by the child. That is the nature of the relationship, just as when we were like children, He drew us to Himself with these chords of kindness. Now that He has drawn us, and we have grown up in our faith, we can say thank you.
Say Thank You
I remember when I had children of my own, I suddenly realized how much my parents had done for me as a child. And likewise, now we come to Mother’s Day, we see how much our mother figures have done for us over the years, so let’s say thank you.
In Deuteronomy 32:11-12, God is described as a mother eagle:
“ Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.”
This verse shows how God is our teacher and provider, and He does as eagle parents do for their offspring, when they teach them to fly and spread their wings underneath their young to catch them when they tire. And this is how our God is with us, gently teaching, always keeping us safe.
Don’t forget to check out this blog post on amazing women in the Bible too for more inspiration when searching for top Bible verses for Mothers’ Day.
Top 10 Bible verses for Mother’s Day
Finally, read on to find our top 15 Bible verses for Mother’s Day and pick your favorite.
1. Proverbs 31:25: “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
2. Proverbs 31:26: “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”
3. Proverbs 31:28–29: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'”
4. Deuteronomy 6:6–7: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
Honor And Unfading Beauty
5. Proverbs 31:31: “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate”
6. Psalm 139:13-14: “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
7. 1 Peter 3:4: “The unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,[…] is of great worth in God’s sight.”
8. Deuteronomy 4:9: “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
9. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
10. 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”