I already studied parenting, but this is mom-specific. Because we love moms!
If children are the future then every mother, to some degree, determines the future. Of course we all know God has the final say.
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.” (Genesis 3:16)
Pre-baby, I was a very different woman to say the least. As for “nurturing,” the only thing I could keep alive was a resilient wandering Jew.
When life played a cruel joke on me, I figured it was God’s punishment for my selfishness. Yet motherhood is often described in the Bible as a blessing from God. A gift. Something to be desired.
I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations. (Genesis 17:16)
Granted women were given status based on children back in the day, there’s still something special about motherhood. Caring for a tiny human who knows nothing of the world around them. All they know is that you’re their mother and they trust you.
That’s so powerful to me. There is no bond like that of a mother and child because trust in any other relationship needs time and humility and vulnerability to be obtained.
Sure there are labor pains. There are pains even before labor. But God, in His grace, turned my messy situation, my losses, into a blessing so wonderful I feel I don’t deserve it.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3)
To all you Mommas out there: I know it can be discouraging at times. I’m sure you have goals and ambitions in your heart that have been deferred for the most noble of responsibilities.
But if it’s true that God knew us in the womb, then it’s unlikely He picked the mother at random.