Inside: Stressed out, overwhelmed, and ready to throw in the towel? Read this first, mama. I’ve been where you are. You know what? Every mom has been where you are. You’re not alone. These timeless Scriptures and words of encouragement for moms will give you hope!
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Motherhood is a wonderful thing. It’s a blessing, a privilege, an opportunity to see what we’re made of.
Now I can’t speak for you, but I know I take it for granted far too often.
When I struggled with infertility, I would find myself imagining a little boy with blonde hair, flipping the pages of story books as he snuggled against my chest.
Now I have a little boy with blonde hair. And a daughter with the most darling brown curls. I’m tearing up as I write because God is just so good.
But, every so often I find myself kicking the dirt and toeing the line at a fork in the road of motherhood.
One path leads to ungratefulness, ingratitude, selfishness, and apathy. In the opposite direction are thankfulness, joy, abundant life, and generosity.
I’d like to say that I choose the latter road every time. I don’t. But what I have learned is that motherhood is all about failing and trying again.
Are you down, but ready to get up and try again? You’ll love these affirmations and scriptures that will encourage your mama heart.
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Beautiful Affirmations and Scriptures for Moms
I’ve adopted these affirmations for times like these. When you’re disappointed in yourself and your family, or when you feel discouraged or overwhelmed. These words of affirmation are all about encouragement for moms.
Comparison is the thief of joy.
This is one of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis. Joy is yours! But if you yield to the temptation to compare yourself, your kids, or your husband to others, you allow your joy to be stolen.
Think of it this way: I dare you to set your most prized possession (let’s say your wedding ring) out on your lawn. Stick a sign beside it saying “Steal me, please.”
Would you do it? Of course not.
But when we compare our unique, individual, and God-given family to others and then let disappointment sink in, that’s just what we’re doing.
Satan doesn’t need a whole host of warriors to steal your joy, he just needs your wishful thinking. Don’t give him the satisfaction!
Scripture: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15: 13
You are a daughter of God, mama. And as His daughter, he wants to give you the gifts of His Holy Spirit. I’m so glad that one of these gifts is joy!
Action step: What is special and unique about my family? Celebrate that!
Related Reading: How to Finally Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Moms
Do hard things.
Anything worth having is difficult. Goals that are easily met usually aren’t as worthy as goals we struggle and fight for.
In the words of Winston Churchill “Never give up, never give up, never give up.”
Be it breastfeeding, being loving in a perpetually sleep deprived state, or simply finding strength to tackle your to do list, remember this affirmation.
I can do hard things.
But here’s the kicker. Most writers and bloggers will send you the message that ‘You’re enough.”
I’ll tell you the truth. You’ve got to finish the sentence.
You’re enough through Him.
You can do hard things because of Him.
It’s not about proving your strength, it’s about displaying His strength.
Scripture: I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4: 13
When I usually think of the Scripture I’m like, “Yes! I can totally have that perfect routine, gloriously stress-free morning, and Instagram-worthy lifestyle. It says so right in the Bible!”
But I don’t have to look very closely to see that’s not what this verse means at all.
In the verse before, Philippians 4: 12, Paul says this… “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
Mama, this is even more powerful. Even in our weakness, our low times, and our need, those days when we just want to give up, we can do hard things because of Jesus!
Action step: What one difficult goal will I decide to persevere toward this week with God’s help?
When in doubt, show grace.
Where would you be if it wasn’t for grace? Grace is a hard thing to give sometimes, because we’re under the impression that it must be earned.
Do I deserve grace? Absolutely not. Does God give me grace freely? Yes!
Since we’re meant to walk in the Spirit, how about giving like He gives? Freely, without expectation of it being earned.
Let me tell you, imperfect mamas are the only kind of mamas. Mercy and grace and compassion are the only answer. For you. For your family.
Scripture: So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2: 12-13
When your baby won’t sleep. Show grace.
When your husband snaps at you because he’s just as exhausted as you are. Show grace.
When your faced with a toddler tantrum because suddenly his favorite person in the world is preoccupied taking care of a new tiny creature. Show grace.
Grace teaches what is right and how to say “no” to sin. (Titus 2: 12)
Grace paves the way back to God’s heart. (Hebrews 4: 16)
Grace will make you strong for your task. (1 Peter 5: 10)
Action step: Who will you show grace to today?
This too shall pass.
This one is a two-sided coin. On one hand it’s encouraging for those trialing times.
You know, like when your baby goes through a growth spurt and wants to nurse every hour on the hour. Been there.
Or when the only word your toddler repeats is “No!” Been there, too.
This too shall pass.
But on the other side, it’s an imperative reminder to savor the journey.
Savor those visceral experiences when it hits you that you’re impacting both the temporary and eternal lives of tiny human beings.
Savor the smallness of their hands, the roundness of their cheeks. The pat-pat-pat of their feet as they run into your arms. The ridiculously adorable ways they mispronounce words.
This too shall pass. It’s all a phase.
Scripture: When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Ecclesiastes 7: 14
God made all of motherhood. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the smelly.
When I’m struggling as a mom, when I’m really desperate for some encouragement, I cling to those moments. Because I know that one day my home will be empty. One day this too shall pass. And I’ll wish it all back again.
Action step: Write down three specific things you want to remember from this stage in your family’s life.
Which path will you choose, mama? Will you let these words encourage and revive your weary heart?
I hope these affirmations and scriptures are a source of encouragement for you today! Don’t forget to grab the free printable to stick this on your fridge, you’ll find it in our parenting resource library.
What affirmation will you cling to? Which Scripture encouraged you today? I’d love to invite you to share and encourage others in the comments below!