Becoming a parent for the first time is wonderful, scary, exciting, heart stopping, and mind blowing all at the same time. Questions run through your mind, will I be a good mom? Will they be okay? Will it be too hard? Am I even cut out to be a mom? Am I going to completely mess my child up? It is so important to have Biblical encouragement for new moms to help sustain us through this major life change.
As I prepare for my precious baby girl to make her appearance in August, I am treasuring all of the godly advice I am being given by people that are walking alongside us on this journey. I want to share this advice with you for your own leap into motherhood.
10 Biblical Encouragements for New Moms
There is Grace for Today
There will be days that feel like you can’t do anything and throwing in the towel seems like the best idea. You are tired, flustered, and drowning under a pile of laundry. You may even feel like you are letting every single person in your life down. It will be okay. Those things are not the truth of who you are in Christ. You are loved, cherished, and forgiven. God is good and gives grace freely to his children. There is Grace to today and tomorrow and the next time you feel like you have failed.
2 Corinthians 12:9a
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
God is Beside You
The early days of mothering, and many days after, can feel like the loneliest of your life. Even if you have a great group of friends, the newborn days can feel particularly isolating. It is so important to remember that God is always beside you. Even when you feel lonely, you are not alone. God sees you and is walking with you.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Even in the very first days of motherhood it is tempting to rush our baby to the next phase. The next thing, the next milestone, the next size of clothing. Never just letting them be little and next letting yourself just be in the moment, thanking God for the gift of this precious child. Don’t let yourself fall to that temptation. Just be right where you are.
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
God Will Give You Rest
Sleep is very hard to come by in the newborn stage. You will feel like you haven’t slept in weeks and like you may never sleep again. But I assure you, that God will give you rest that goes far beyond sleep. If you abide in him and cling to his promises during this time, you will find that you don’t feel as tired as you should, he will give you a deep and lasting rest if you go to him.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
You are a Mom for a Reason
On the days you find yourself wondering if God made a mistake making you a mother, remember two things. First, God doesn’t make mistakes. His plan is for his glory and he gave you a part to play in that plan. Second, he made you a mom for a reason. He gave you your child for a reason. Rest in those truths.
14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Cling to What is Good
Clinging to what is good seems so simple. So simple in fact, that it may sound like it shouldn’t be advice at all, but this is so important. In our culture it is incredibly easy to focus on the bad. The things that are hard, or the things that haven’t lived up to our expectations. This can happen in motherhood too. Sometimes we think that our baby will sleep through the night, or not get colicky, or teeth like a champ with no issues and then when reality is the opposite we can get discouraged. Instead of focusing on what is not what we thought it would be, cling to the good. The pleasant surprises, sweet baby snuggles, and how they smell after a bath. The joy that this journey will bring.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Wisdom Comes From the Lord
Motherhood is so humbling because there will be times when you have no idea what to do. There will be moments that catch you completely off guard and all wisdom seems to leave you at that very moment. But as Christian mothers, we belong to the keeper of wisdom. He will give freely and abundantly if only we ask. We aren’t expected to know how to parent perfectly but we are expected to rely on the one who does.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Comfort Will Come
There will be nights that you and your baby are crying at the same time because you are exhausted and maybe the baby is colicky or teething. You may wonder if this will ever end, if you can even be comforted. But as you walk with your baby and comfort that sweet bundle in your arms, remember that God comforts us in our distress as well. A mother comforting her child is a beautiful picture of how God comforts us. Scooping us close and rocking away to troubles.
13 As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”
You Won’t Remember the Hard Parts
It is true that the good outweighs the bad in motherhood. It is also true that you will not remember the hard parts. You will look back fondly on those long nights rocking a newborn, and reminiscing about the labor that brought them into this world. When they are grown and gone you won’t look back and say “I’m so glad they are gone because they caused me so much pain.” You will say “I miss the laughter, messy rooms, late night talks, and hugs everyday.” The hard parts will fall away.
21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
You Can Do This With God’s Help
Don’t try to do this without God. There is no sounder or truer Biblical encouragement for new moms. If you try to raise the child God gave you without God, it will be hard and disappointing. You won’t find joy in the valleys of motherhood, only despair and sleepless nights. You can raise your baby because God gives you the strength, patience, and wisdom to. Walk with God through motherhood and you will always have peace and joy.
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
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Biblical Advice for New Moms
God is Not Asking You to be a Perfect Mom
God is not asking you to be a perfect mom. It isn’t possible to be perfect at anything, let alone motherhood. What a relief that is! It is freeing to remember that Christ died for us because we are not and can never be perfect without his sacrifice. He justifies us. God is asking you to lean into him so his strength can be made perfect in our weaknesses.
God Loves your Baby More Than You Ever Could
You will love your baby so much that it feels impossible. Like there is no way that much love even exists. Like your heart will burst out of your chest if they smile at you one more time. But God loves your baby infinitely more than you ever could. He has a plan and a purpose for the baby. He knit that sweet baby together in your womb. Knowing how much God loves your child, will free you to walk in complete trust and faith through motherhood.
Put God First, Even When You Are Tired
Putting God first and truly abiding in him is so important in all areas of life but I think motherhood is high on the list. We can’t parent the way God wants us too if we don’t spend time with him and find out what that is. No matter how tired you are, set aside some time for just you and God everyday. It might be in the morning before the house wakes up, or late at night after everyone is in bed, or maybe nap time works better. But don’t stop there, weave prayer, God’s word, and his truth into your entire day.
With your upcoming leap into motherhood, take this Biblical encouragement for new moms and know that many have gone before you. This encouragement and advice has been given to me as I prepare for my own journey, and it has fed my soul with truth and life. I pray it does the same for you. Enjoy the journey and be encouraged.
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