Motherhood. It’s defined as the state of being a mother, in short, but it is so much more than that. Motherhood is late night feedings and shifts, tears, sacrifice, protecting, sheltering and clothing. It’s a thing that embodies so many different duties, they’re immeasurable and impossible to count.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” - Proverbs 31:25-26
When you saunter into the role of a mother, it’s a world that takes you by storm no matter how much you’ve prepared. You are anxious, afraid to mess up and overly conscious at times. The ideal option would come sealed with an instructional manual, but consequentially that is not the way that our position functions. Opportunely, there were mothers before us who lead great examples of mother and child relationships and there is one great example as a mother and believer of Christ, that is especially important to me. We have the example of Mary; Jesus’ mother. Mary is not spoken about much in the Bible but when she is mentioned, her character reflects that of a virtuous and tenacious woman. She was fully equipped by God and capable to raise Jesus. To be chosen by God to carry out such a spiritually historic mission, she had to be willing. She was, even through enduring shame, sorrow, and sacrifice.
I hope that by now you realize that what GOD can do for one He can do for another. He empowers us and calls us to this place of nurturing nature, and He won’t leave us stranded. Remember, God comforted Mary through the shame of being a pregnant virgin. He carried her burdens of sorrow and the mourning of Jesus at the foot of the cross. He escorted Mary through the most important assignment to believers; by birthing our salvation. Mary was a trailblazer, and as I reflect over how God used her in such a powerful way, I see parallelism in how He empowers single mothers to bare the weight of two. That revelation and the experience of single parenthood have inspired “The Mom Jean” Series.
I believe that the parables of Jesus are love letters to believers, so why not emulate that to remind single mothers that though they stand physically alone, God is forever present and consistent. His love and support does not fluctuate. You may be facing, abuse, homelessness, separation/divorce or any other obstacle that the enemy places to strip you of your dignity and worth as a mother. Understand your role in this world is to raise up little somebodies who will love and minister about Jesus and cling to God’s promises.
” Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” -Proverbs 22:6
It is time for a community of mothers to rise and encourage one another. Perhaps we were created for such a time as this. I pray that through this series of letters, lives are transformed by the renewing of our minds. We will be empowered, healed and bold in our mothering because we serve a BIG GOD!