Mother's day is right around the corner, and we wanted to do something special to celebrate this time. Let's journey through the bible right now and read some scriptures together from three amazing mothers in the Bible.
We know mothers day can be a difficult time. We don't know what you are going through right now...
Maybe you are struggling with your relationship with your mother.
Maybe you are struggling because you lost your mother.
Maybe you are struggling because you long to be a mother.
Maybe you have a wonderful relationship with your mother.
Maybe you are craving more time with Jesus and want to spend some time in his word.
Let us say... We.Feel.You. We created this for you. We pray it blesses you.
To start, put away everything else. Let this be your time. Take a deep breath and open up your heart to God's word. Grab a journal and take some notes about what speaks to you. At the end of each section, we have some questions and journal prompts for you.
The first mother we are going to visit is Hannah.
Hannah shows up in 1 Samuel. She is depressed from infertility and her husband's very fertile second wife continues to pick at her wound. She cries to the Lord for a child with great anguish and grief. (v. 16) She gets picked on, prodded and so depressed she can't eat. In the scripture, it says Hannah prays in her heart(v12) from the very center of who she is. She does not feel selfish for her desires, and she does not give up.
The LORD blesses Hannah with a child and Hannah names him Samuel! Samuel the child who grows up to anoint DAVID! Thank you, Hannah, for staying in the fight and bringing your heart to the Lord.
Let's read the praises of Hannah together. 1 Samuel Chapter 2:
My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord, my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with the prince and has them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them, he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. It is not by strength that one prevails.
Samuel grew up to Honor the Lord. Let's look forward to the future and know that our actions. Our lives will create eternal impact if we stay the path!
- What about Hannah can you relate to?
- What is your favorite verse from her praises?
- Write your prayer to the Lord. Ask him in faith for the desires of your heart.
Let's continue our journey! Our next mother we are going to visit is Naomi.
Naomi was running for her life due to a terrible famine in her land. (talk about real problems!) Her husband died, and her two sons married Moabite women, Orpah, and Ruth. After ten years both of Naomi’s sons passed away. At this point, everything that would seem like 'stability' was GONE! From the outside, her future looked hopeless.
Naomi heard that the LORD had blessed the land of her people with food again. She told her daughters-in-law that they could return home to find new husbands. Although they both wept at her leaving, one refused to leave Naomi’s side. Orpah returned to her people and her gods, but Ruth said.
“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” Ruth 1:16
What made Naomi so amazing is the way she shared her faith with Ruth. Ruth was already learning from Naomi’s faith even during a time of bitterness. By sharing her faith, Naomi made an ETERNAL impact. She shared her faith through words and actions; she lived her faith day by day dispite her circumstances. Naomi continued to watch out for Ruth and instruct her wisely in her dealings with Boaz, who became her kinsman redeemer. The LORD blessed Naomi, and she gained a son when Boaz married Ruth. Ruth and Boaz had a child, and the women of the land said to Naomi,
“Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” Ruth 4:14
The child was named Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David who would be king. How beautiful is the story leading up to king Jesus!? So amazing.
- How are you sharing your faith with those around you?
- Who in your life are you grateful for to have?
- Record your prayer of thanksgiving for the people/blessing in your life? (maybe share it with them as well!)
The last woman we are visiting on our little journey is Jochebed.
Jochebed was alive for a very special time in history. A new king in Egypt came to power (after Joseph), and he was determined to oppress the Hebrew people. He made them slaves and ordered that every midwife kill Hebrew baby boys :(. Exodus 1
Jochebed gave birth to a special son and hid him for three months. After she could no longer hide her sweet baby she coated a papyrus basket and placed her baby in the river praying to God for protection.
God not only heard her cry of desperation, God over-delivered. *typical God!* Won't he do it! As the baby floated down the river Miriam (Jochebed's daughter) watched as Pharoah's daughter as she found the child crying and knowing he was a Hebrew child... felt sorry for him.
Miriam then spoke up and asked her if she would like her to fetch a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby; she agreed, and Jochebed returned with her daughter to nurse her baby. Pharaoh’s daughter paid Jochebed to nurse and raise the baby until he was old enough to come live with her. She then adopted him as her son and named him Moses.
Jochebed was determined to find a way to save her son, and God blessed her plan. Not only was her son saved from death, but she was also able to nurse and raise him until he was old enough to go live with Pharaoh’s daughter. Her son, Moses, went on to free the Hebrew people from Egypt, leading them in the desert toward the Promised Land according to God’s plan.
Moses received mercy and compassion as a baby in a desperate time. This story mirrors God's great love for us. God has shown US mercy and compassion in our time of despair. In our time of rebellion, in our time of need. God is love. He takes our brokenness and works everything together for our good.
I pray this little journey was enjoyable to you! God is ready to use YOU! He has a plan and a purpose for you! Take time to enjoy his work and spend time in His presence.
P.S. Who is your favorite mom in the bible? Comment below!