Seeking Scriptures and suitable sentiments for a special mom on Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day, always the second Sunday in May, presents family members with a super opportunity to honor mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, and other special maternal figures. Annually, we give flowers, candy, gifts, and other mementos to the mothers we love. The greeting card industry fairly flourishes at Mother’s Day, as consumers snatch up sentimental stationary to express affection and appreciation to mothers everywhere.
How can we make our Mother’s Day greetings extra memorable? Why not include special Scriptures, selected just for the mothers we love? Choosing personalized passages from the Word of God is a super way to make a Mother’s Day greeting card or gift unique and meaningful. Here are several favorite Mother’s Day Scriptures. (Online Bible reference links are included.)
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1. A promise for mothers
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” (Isaiah 40:11, KJV)
In this Old Testament promise, spoken by the prophet Isaiah, the Lord clearly states His commitment to guide and protect mothers and to care for their children. Surely the Lord loves our children even more than we do. What a wonderful encouragement for Mother’s Day and always.
2. A godly mother’s example
I prayed for this boy, and the Lord has given me what I asked of Him. So I have given him to the Lord. He is given to the Lord as long as he lives.” (1 Samuel 1:27-28a, NLV)
Hannah was a woman of faith. In fact, her Hebrew name translates as “grace” or “favor.” After waiting many years in earnest prayer, the Lord finally blessed her with a son, Samuel. Hannah responded by dedicating her long-anticipated child back to God. What an important example for any faith-filled mother, particularly at Mother’s Day.
3. A mother as God’s child
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.
“Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:13-16, NLT)
Mothers exert constant and considerable energy to meet the needs of their families. Parenting is full-time work, and mothers know this full well. How many mothers might be blessed by the reminder that God still sees them and adores them as His own children? The Psalmist, King David, expressed this truth so clearly in Psalm 139.
What mother would not take comfort in some tender parenting of her own, such as only our loving Heavenly Father can provide, on Mother’s Day and any day?
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4. Words of wisdom for mothers and others
“If you follow my teachings and keep them in mind, you will live. Be wise and learn good sense; remember my teachings and do what I say. If you love Wisdom and don’t reject her, she will watch over you. The best thing about Wisdom is Wisdom herself; good sense is more important than anything else. If you value Wisdom and hold tightly to her, great honors will be yours. It will be like wearing a glorious crown of beautiful flowers.” (Proverbs 4:4-9, CEV)
Mothers love receiving flowers on Mother’s Day. Corsages, wreaths, crowns and bouquets are the order of the day. After all, a loving mother is a blooming beauty herself.
This oft-quoted passage of the Old Testament book of Proverbs points out the value of wisdom as a root of life and honor. How many mothers might be encouraged by such words, particularly if they may be counted among the wise? Mother’s Day offers an ideal opportunity to express our appreciation for wise mothers.
5. A mother’s blessedness through children
“Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift, the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you; you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.” (Psalm 127:3-5, MSG)
At times, most mothers may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of parenting. Penned by the wise King Solomon, Psalm 127 reminds parents that children are a gift and a blessing from God. How He loves our children, and how He must value us, if He entrusts these little ones to our care. Mother’s Day is a superb occasion for pondering these truths.
6. A mother’s rest
“I look up to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord. He is the Maker of heaven and earth. He won’t let your foot slip. He who watches over you won’t get tired. In fact, he who watches over Israel won’t get tired or go to sleep. The Lord watches over you. The Lord is like a shade tree at your right hand. The sun won’t harm you during the day. The moon won’t harm you during the night. The Lord will keep you from every kind of harm. He will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your life no matter where you go, both now and forever.” (Psalm 121:1-8, NIRV)
Every mother experiences sleepless nights. In times of sickness, concern or simply high activity, a mother often forgoes rest for the sake of her children. What a comfort it can be to know that God never sleeps. He never goes off duty. Instead, he constantly guards and cares for those He loves.
On Mother’s Day, why not remind our mothers that God is on the job, so that she may enjoy a much-deserved moment of rest and peace?
7. A mother’s faith in miracles
“For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37, NLT)
“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matthew 19:26, NLT)
These two Scriptures, spoken on very different occasions, echo the same truth. God delights in astonishing us by making impossible events come to pass.
The first passage comes from the Gospel of Luke. The Angel Gabriel affirms the unlimited power, or omnipotence, of God to the Virgin Mary, who has just learned that the Holy Spirit will cause her to conceive the Christ child.
The second statement comes from Christ Himself. A rich young man has asked Jesus how he might obtain eternal life. The Lord has explained how salvation is only possible through the power of God.
Faithful mothers know firsthand the power of prayer. Having wrestled in prayer over concerns for their children, many mothers understand the availability and accessibility of our loving Heavenly Father. Why not offer these Scriptural affirmations on Mother’s Day?
8. A cheerful mother
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22, NIV)
Cheerfulness is contagious, and it can actually improve our physical and emotional health. On the other hand, bitterness and anger can have the opposite effect.
Henry Ward Beecher, a 19th Century American clergyman, said it this way, “The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” What mother does not desire to affect her children with cheerfulness? By reminding mothers of this truth on Mother’s Day, we might actually boost whole families.
9. A word of faith for mothers
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19, NASB).
By definition, mothers are need-meeters. From dawn to dawn, mothers strive to feed, clothe, shelter, train and teach their children. Often, our primary focus is caring for our children.
How might mothers be encouraged, particularly on Mother’s Day, to know that God is the ultimate Source of all we may ever need? He is Jehovah-Jireh, the Provider. Even in a difficult economy, a job loss, a family crisis or other time of need, God has promised to care for His children.
10. God’s special care for mothers
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (1 Peter 5:7, AMP)
The Apostle Peter reminds us that God adores us passionately, and that He invites us to place our worries and concerns at His feet. God calls us to pray, to leave our needs with Him. Of course, this does not absolve us of daily responsibility, but it surely frees us from fretting.
11. God’s provision for mothers
During His most famous teaching, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said this:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34, NIV).
What a wonderful way to affirm mothers and encourage them to trust God continually for the outcome for their children’s lives.
Bible verses help to personalize Mother’s Day cards and greetings, while blessing and encouraging those special moms.
Abbreviations of Scripture Translations Used:
- AMP = The Amplified Bible (Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation).
- CEV = Contemporary English Version (Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society).
- KJV = King James Version (Public Domain)
- MSG = The Message (Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson).
- NASB = New American Standard Version (Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation).
- NIRV = New International Readers Version (Copyright © 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society).
- NIV = New International Version (Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society).
- NLV = New Life Version (Copyright © 1969 by Christian Literature International).
- NLT = New Living Translation (Copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.).