Category: Mothers


The Bible does not directly address single mothers, but there are many examples  of God’s gentle interaction with women, mothers, widows and their children.  These examples, and God’s gentleness, apply whether a mother is single or  married or widowed or divorced. God knows each person intimately and knows her  situation completely. The Bible warns that sex outside of marriage is sinful and  dangerous and will bring troubles, one of which is that a woman might have to  raise a child by herself, which is undoubtedly difficult. And if it is her own  sin that has resulted in single motherhood, our gracious God is still just as  willing to bring help and comfort. And what’s better is that He offers  forgiveness for those sins through Jesus Christ and the eternal comfort of  heaven for the mother who accepts Him, the children who accept Him, and even the  estranged husband who accepts Him!

But often a woman finds herself alone  and raising children through no fault of her own. Sadly, women are often  innocent victims of a world wracked by war and terrorism. Husbands go off to war  and never return, selflessly giving their lives for their countries. If a  husband’s death has left a woman single with children, there is no doubt that  God will help and comfort that woman.

God cares about families. But He  is more concerned that each person, no matter what her family looks like,  repenting of sin and coming into a relationship with Him. He wants us to know  Him, because His creatures knowing Him brings us joy and brings Him glory. We  get bound up in the details of our lives, worrying what other people will think  of us and whether the church will accept us and whether we have ruined things  entirely. But God calls the Christian to the joy of being above the weight of  worry. He has said that we should cast all our cares upon Him, for He cares for  us (1 Peter  5:7). He wants to carry the burden and forgive our sins and then forget  about our sins and help us to move on. All He asks us to do is know Him, delight  in Him, and trust Him. Single mothers are often very responsible people, and  sometimes it can be hard to just “set aside” worries and cares. A single mother  might feel guilty just thinking about it! But God commands us to do it anyway,  to spend a little time each day to focus on Him, and trust (during the rest of  the day) that He will provide for us, both physically and emotionally as we lean  on Him.

What this might look like for a single mom is setting aside time  to read the Bible and pray. She might think, “I just don’t have time for that  between working and raising a child and taking care of the house and everything  else.” But if even for half an hour when her child is sleeping or being watched  by a relative or friend, she can set aside time to talk to God in prayer and  listen to His voice in Scripture, even if it means not cleaning that pile of  dishes, she will find His amazing strength and comforting presence will be with  her for the rest of the day. Memorizing verses like “The Lord is my helper, I  will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6)  or “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) will  help provide tangible reminders of His love and protection when things get tough  or stressful.

So, what does God have to say to single mothers? The same  thing He has to say to everyone else. Repent of sin, trust in Christ for  forgiveness, communicate with God through prayer, listen to His voice through  Scripture, lean on God for strength in trials, and put your hope in the amazing  eternal life with Him that He has planned. “For no eye has seen, no ear has  heard, no mind has conceived the wonderful things that God has prepared for  those that love Him” (1  Corinthians 2:9).

*first posted on altruistico May 06, 2013

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“A special Mother’s Day tribute from the crew of  HMAS Toowoomba to their families back in Australia (Their deployment has been eliminated for their safety).

Thank you to all military personnel, from around the world, who give up so much to keep us safe and to their mums and wives and loved ones for supporting them. It is appreciated. For the love of your Mothers and Country – God bless you one and all – Michael at altruistico:

Put together by Able Seaman Ernesto Sanchez, 37, the video shows more than 60 sailors and officers aboard HMAS Toowoomba sending their love back home to the special women in their lives.

Happy Mothers Day to all the special women in our lives back home in Australia from the crew of HMAS Toowoomba. We’ll be home soon and hope this video let’s you know that we’ve been thinking of you every day since we left. We love you mum… and our wives, girlfriends, aunties and special women in our lives. See you all when we get back in the middle of June!

The video is filmed in various parts of the warship, with some of the crew holding up written messages and others showing photos of their girlfriends, wives and mothers.

Mr Sanchez said the crew wanted their loved ones to know they had thought about them every day since leaving.  Sailor films Mother’s Day tribute

“Happy Mothers Day to all the special women in our lives back home in Australia from the crew of HMAS Toowoomba.”

Crew were filmed next to their Mother’s Day messages in the heartwarming video.

A message to our children “About Mother’s Day:”

Have you ever wondered how Mother’s Day got started?  People started honoring mother’s a very long time ago.  When it first started it was called Mothering Sunday because people celebrated it the fourth Sunday during a time called Lent.  Lent is the time before Easter where people think and prepare about the Easter story and what God did for us.

Then 150 years ago a woman named Anna Jarvis, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, something she thought mother’s believed in doing. She called it “Mother’s Work Day.”

After Anna Jarvis died, her daughter (also named Anna) wanted to honor all that her mother did.  Anna heard her mother say that one day she hoped someone would make a special day just for mothers.

So Anna worked very hard and even talked to presidents and other leaders to try to create a special day just to honor them.  By 1914 (almost 100 years ago) a man named Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday.

It just so happens that Anna’s mothers’ favorite flower was the white carnation and that’s why mother’s often receive carnations on Mother’s Day.

The funny thing is,  Anna ended up disliking Mother’s day.  She didn’t want Mother’s day to be all about the expensive gifts and fancy flowers but just a day to tell your mom that you love and appreciate her.  So remember, moms don’t need all that fancy stuff.  Make her a nice card and treat her very special today (and everyday) and she won’t need anything else.

Mother’s are very special, so special that they are mentioned in the Bible.  Since the Bible is like an instruction manual for us, it gives us instructions on how to treat our mother.

Do any of you know what the ten commandments are?  They were rules that God gave to Moses for all of us to follow.  Each commandment is very important and God gave each commandment for a reason.  One of the commandments says: Honor your father and you mother, so that all may go well for you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.

What does honor mean anyway?  Honor can mean many things.  When we listen, obey, love, appreciate, and forgive our mom that is how we honor her.  That means when she asks you to do something you should do it right away without complaining.

When you show you love your mom by hugging her and telling her that you love her that’s another way to honor.  You can also appreciate your mom by thanking her when she does things for you (cleaning the house and your clothes, making supper, helping you, etc.).

Our mom won’t be perfect all the time, we all make mistakes.  So we should forgive our moms when they make mistakes because God asks us too.

Another verse in the Bible asks us to bless our mom.  It says,  “Her children arise and call her blessed.”  Some words that describe blessed are that your mom belongs to God and we need to treat her like she’s God’s child.  Your mom used to be a child too and she’s just trying her best to help you grow and learn things.  So, treat her nicely!

Another way to describe blessed is to be happy.  Do you make your mom happy?  I’m sure you do a lot of the time and moms can be sad because of different things sometimes too, but I don’t think your mom would be happy if you didn’t listen to her or disobeyed her.

The last verse we’re going to talk about today says: Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.  I know that sometimes you don’t always want to obey your parents but its important that you obey them because it makes God happy!

One last thing.  No matter how old you get your mom is your mom.  Sometimes you might think that you can talk back to our parents or that you know more than them, but you don’t.  The Bible says to obey your parents always, not just when your a kid.  Your parents want the best for you and know what they’re talking about.

Don’t forget that we also have a heavenly father that cares and loves us no matter what.  So if you don’t have a mother around all the time (or even if you do) God is always there.  He is there when our mother can’t be.

Leviticus 19:3

A pre-Mother’s Day word:

The Bible says everyone is to honor his or her mother, and God is pleased when we take practical measures to fulfill this command.
Children of all ages should Love their Mother unconditionally. We are to care for Mom no matter how she carries out her maternal responsibilities. Some women will do better than others at living up to their God-given role. But all children are called to love their mother simply because the Lord has placed her in their lives.
So, be attentive to Mom’s needs. Starting in infancy, kids are accustomed to taking from their parents. So it can be easy to forget Mom and Dad have needs too. Stop and consider what your mother might appreciate. For example, household help offered cheerfully is usually welcome. As Mom grows older, she may need assistance for her physical or emotional well-being. Some women desire only that their children express gratitude or care.
Live righteously. Proverbs 23 says the greatest gift we can give a godly mother is to surrender our life to Jesus Christ. Even a mom who isn’t a Christian will no doubt take pride in a believing child whose life is filled with love, kindness, and charity.
And, pray for Mom. Nothing is more practical than prayer. Talking with the Lord about Mother, both privately and in her presence, reminds her that she is important and loved. The specific ways you cherish your mother will depend upon her personality and yours. But Mother’s Day isn’t the only time to show her your love and gratitude. Honor her every day.

Being a mother is a very important role that the Lord chooses to give  to many women. A Christian mother is told to love her children (Titus 2:4-5), in part so that she does not bring reproach  on the Lord and on the Savior whose name she bears.

Children are a gift  from the Lord (Psalm  127:3-5). In Titus 2:4, the  Greek word philoteknos appears in reference to mothers loving their  children. This word represents a special kind of “mother love.” The idea that  flows out of this word is that of caring for our children, nurturing them,  affectionately embracing them, meeting their needs, and tenderly befriending  each one as a unique gift from the hand of God.

Several things are  commanded of Christian mothers in God’s Word:

Availability – morning,  noon, and night (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Involvement – interacting,  discussing, thinking, and processing life together (Ephesians  6:4)

Teaching – the Scriptures and a biblical worldview (Psalm 78:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:10; Ephesians 6:4)

Training – helping a child to develop skills and discover his/her strengths (Proverbs 22:6) and  spiritual gifts (Romans  12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12)

Discipline – teaching the fear of the  Lord, drawing the line consistently, lovingly, firmly (Ephesians 6:4; Hebrews 12:5-11; Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15-17)

Nurture – providing an environment of constant verbal support, freedom to fail,  acceptance, affection, unconditional love (Titus 2:4; 2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 4:29-32; 5:1-2; Galatians 5:22; 1 Peter 3:8-9)

Modeling with Integrity – living what you say, being a model from which a child  can learn by “catching” the essence of godly living (Deuteronomy 4:9, 15, 23; Proverbs 10:9; 11:3; Psalm 37:18, 37).

The Bible never states that every woman should be a mother. However, it does  say that those whom the Lord blesses to be mothers should take the  responsibility seriously. Mothers have a unique and crucial role in the lives of  their children. Motherhood is not a chore or unpleasant task. Just as a mother  bears a child during pregnancy, and just as a mother feeds and cares for a child  during infancy, so mothers also play an ongoing role in the lives of their  children, whether they are adolescents, teenagers, young adults, or even adults  with children of their own. While the role of motherhood must change and  develop, the love, care, nurture, and encouragement a mother gives should never  cease.