When Mother’s Day Is Difficult

Your mother’s wonderful example motivated you to have children of your own, which you did, and now everything is grand. Your children are a blessing and love you well. You have perfect family photos taken in a sunny field, complete with a letter board spelling out your family name.

Or maybe not.

Maybe your brush with motherhood looks a bit different this year. Maybe you want to be a mom but aren’t yet, or you are one but find it nearly impossible to face each day. Perhaps you’re a “non-traditional” mom of sorts—a stepmom, foster mom or adoptive mom—which still comes with the complexities of motherhood, plus a couple of layers.

And maybe you didn’t have the greatest example of a mom to show you the ropes.

Whatever the circumstance, if you have children, be assured that God has placed them specifically in your care. You may feel ill equipped, but He knows what you’re capable of and entrusted them to you despite your shortcomings. Remember you’re not perfect, and no mom is, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Ask God for His strength, wisdom and guidance as you strive to be the best mum you can be.

If you don’t have children yet and are consumed by the longing to raise a child, know that God is well-acquainted with your desires and promises to fill your life in a way no one else can. He wants to lead you in the days ahead, wherever that path takes you.

Keep reading for some encouragement from the Bible and a handful of resources to help you get through this holiday.

Mother’s day doesn’t look the same for everybody. It can be a joyous time for one, and a tough time for another. But we can all fill ourselves with God’s wisdom through His word.

5 Encouraging Verses for You Today

Whatever stage of motherhood you find yourself in, let these verses from God’s Word fill your heart and mind this Mother’s Day.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9

“Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”
Psalm 28:6-7

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23

“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Proverbs 31:30

8 Resources for Situations You May Be Facing This Mother’s Day

I never knew my mother, and it still hurts me now. Why did God do this to me?

> Read Billy Graham’s response.

What kind of mother does God want me to be?

Read Billy Graham’s response.

I wasn’t a very good mother, and now my children don’t want anything to do with me.

> Read Billy Graham’s response.

Is it possible to change my rocky relationship with my mother?

> Read Billy Graham’s response.

5 ways to be the Mother God called you to be:

> Read the article.

What advice do you have for a new mother?

> Read Billy Graham’s response.

The first step to being a godly mom is having a relationship with the God who made you. Learn more about His love and plans for you.