Motherhood is a joy and a privilege; it also carries weight and responsibility, and it can bring pain. Maybe you’re counting your blessings. Or maybe you’re grieving your losses. Wherever you find yourself caught in this tension, my heart goes out to you. And if my heart goes out to you, how much more does the Lord’s mercy extend towards you?
Lord, I pray for the weary mom who can barely hold her eyelids open. May your joy be her strength. Sustain her, one day at a time. (Nehemiah 8:10)
For the mom who carries the caregiving burden alone, stretched thin as she works so hard to be all and provide all that her children need, please remind her of all that you are, all that you have done for her in Christ, and that you are her Provider. (1 Peter 1:3-4)
For the one whose empty arms hang limp at her sides, as her insides quake with longing, be her Comforter. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
For the woman who is estranged from her child and aches for connection, help her trust and hope in you. Work to soften hearts and bring reconciliation. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
For the daughter who misses her own mother, wishing she could ask her how she did it all and squeeze in one more hug, give wisdom and let her know that you are near to the broken-hearted. (Colossians 1:9 and Psalm 34:18)
For the mom on her knees, praying desperately for her child who has turned away from the Lord, assure her that you hear her prayers. May your peace guard her heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
For the one who cares 24/7 for her child with chronic health challenges, encourage her that her service is not in vain. All of her work, when done unto you, will receive your reward. (Colossians 3:23-24)
For the mom who wakes for middle-of-the-night feedings, fill her heart with love for her newborn, and let her know what it means that you gently lead those with young. (Isaiah 40:11)
For the empty nester who grieves the changing of the seasons, renew her spirit as she reflects on your great faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:21-23)
In Jesus’ name, Amen.