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Lessons About Mothers From Scripture

The Bible is filled with examples of motherhood and the impact moms naturally have on those around them. A mother's role in their children's and grandchildren's lives may change over time, but their influence never diminishes.

As we celebrate the moms in our Bethesda Senior Living Communities this month, here are some lessons about mothers from Scripture that can help us understand the importance of their continuing place in their family and community.

A Mother's Faith Can Change Everything

Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly. Matthew 15:28 ESV

In Matthew 15 and Mark 7, the Gospels record a short interaction between Jesus and a gentile woman whose daughter was possessed by a demon. Though she is initially met by silence, the woman is undeterred in her request, and in the end, Jesus heals her daughter and commends her faith.

While not every prayer results in our heart's desire being met, it's essential for moms to remember the difference that their prayers and faith can make in their family and to persist in asking God for His will to be done in every situation.

A Mother's Love Isn't Dependent on Blood Ties

When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, "Because," she said, "I drew him out of the water." Exodus 2:10 ESV

Though there are only a few instances of adoption recorded in the Bible, it is often used as an example of God's love and provision for us.

Many individuals are mentored and supported by mother figures with whom they share close bonds despite not being related physically.

Like Pharaoh's daughter who heard Moses crying, these mothers help those whom God has placed in their lives by simply responding to the struggles of those around them with love and compassion.

A Mother's Legacy Can't Be Measured This Side of Heaven

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 2 Timothy 1:5 ESV

Many sermons on legacy mention Lois and Eunice and for good reason. The Bible gives us very few clues about what these ladies were like or how they lived, but their deep faith left a lasting impression on both Timothy and Paul.

Likewise, mothers today often end up touching others around them as they witness to their children. And their children go on to influence their own family and friends. Only God can measure the reach of each individual and know how many lives they ultimately touch. This is why Christian moms must never doubt the effect they have on others, and the difference they can make by imitating Christ in every circumstance.