Bible Study: 32 Characteristics of a Good Mother In The Bible

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What characteristics do you think are important for a good mother as described in the Bible? Today we are going to look at 32 of those characteristics and dive deep into why the Lord desperately needs good women to be his secret weapon in Israel as godly mothers.

And feel free to use this in your next Bible study with the Lord!

What Does the Bible Say About Being a Godly Mother?

The Bible says a lot about the important role of mothers. In the Old Testament, we see mothers like Sarah, Rebekah, and Leah who were faithful women and great examples to their children.

In the New Testament, we see Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was chosen by God to bear His Son. And we also see Lois and Eunice, who were commended for their faithfulness in teaching their children about God (2 Timothy 1:5).

These women all had different backgrounds and circumstances, but they all shared a common goal: to raise their children to love and serve God.

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As Christian Mothers Today…

As Christian mothers, we have the same goal. We want our children to know God and to follow Him with all their heart, soul, and strength. But how can we achieve this goal?

The Bible gives us some specific advice: First of all, we are to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6). This means that we must take an active role in teaching our children about God.

We can’t just sit back and expect them to learn on their own. We must be intentional about sharing our faith with them. Secondly, we are to model godly behavior for our children (1 Timothy 4:12).

Our kids will not only learn from what we say but also from what they see us do. If we want our children to follow God, then we must first lead by example. Finally, we are to pray for our children continually (Ephesians 6:18).

Our Purpose As Mothers In Israel

This is perhaps the most important thing we can do as parents. We need to pray that God will give us wisdom as we parent, that He will protect our children from harm, and that He will draw them close to Himself.

Being a godly mother is not easy. But it is worth it. Because when we raise our children according to God’s Word, we can be confident that they will grow up to be men and women who love and serve Him with all their heart.

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What Is The Biblical Role of a Mother?

The role of a mother is one of the most important roles in society. The Bible gives mothers a high position of honor and respect. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12).

This verse shows that God Himself places a high value on mothers. In fact, the fifth commandment is the only one with a promise attached to it. Furthermore, the Bible instructs children to obey their parents. “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord” (Colossians 3:20).

This verse shows that not only is it important to honor mothers, but it is also important to obey them. Obeying one’s mother is a sign of respect.

A mother’s role is toward her home, family, but primarily to God. She will be held accountable for the nurture, welfare, and well-being of her husband and children.

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32 Characteristics of a Good Mother In The Bible

Here are some of the most important characteristics of a good, godly mother that you’ll find in the Bible.

A Godly Mother Trusts in God

“And those who know your name will put their trust in you; for you, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

A good mother’s trust in God is unshakeable. No matter what happens in life, she knows that God is in control and will never leave her or forsake her.

A Good Mother Is Forgiving

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

A good mother knows the value of forgiveness. She understands that we are all imperfect beings who make mistakes. And she is quick to forgive those who wrong her – just as God has forgiven her.

A Godly Mother Is Self-Controlled

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” Galatians 5:22-23

A good mother has the fruit of the Spirit living in her. This means that she is a kind, patient, and self-controlled person. She does not let her emotions get the best of her. Instead, she responds to difficult situations with grace and compassion.

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A Good Mother Seeks Knowledge

“Now that I know these things, I have put them into practice. So now I always obey your laws; I hate everyone who is evil. I love your commands more than gold, even the finest gold. In my opinion, nothing is worth more than wisdom.” Psalm 119:97-100

A good mother is always learning. She seeks out knowledge so that she can be a better wife and mother. She desires to grow in her understanding of God’s Word and His ways. Her understanding seeks knowledge and discernment for herself and her family.

A Godly Mother Is Humble

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

A godly mother is not concerned with getting her own way. She is not motivated by selfishness or pride. Instead, she is humble and always puts the needs of others before her own.

A Good Mother Is Hardworking

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” Colossians 3:23

A godly mother is a hard worker. She understands that everything she does – whether it’s cooking, cleaning, or homeschooling her children – is an opportunity to serve God. And she gives her all to everything she does.

A Godly Mother Is Wise

“The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasion to his lips.” Proverbs 16:23

A godly mother is a woman of wisdom. She knows how to handle difficult situations with grace and tact. She speaks words of life and encouragement. And she always seeks to glorify God in everything she does.

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A Good Mother Is Prayerful

“Pray continually…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

A godly mother is a woman of prayer. She understands the power of prayer and knows that it is the most important thing she can do for her family. She prays for her husband, her children, and everyone else in her life.

A Godly Mother Loves Jesus Above All Else

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30

A godly mother’s first priority is to love Jesus Christ with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. He is her life and her reason for living. And she seeks to glorify Him in everything she does.

A Good Mother Is a Woman of Faith

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

A godly mother is a woman of faith. She knows that God exists and that He is good. She trusts Him even when she can’t see the outcome. And she knows that He will always keep His promises.

A Godly Mother is Courageous

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

A godly mother is a woman of courage. She knows that God is with her always – even in the midst of life’s biggest challenges. And she faces those challenges with confidence, knowing that God will never leave her or forsake her.

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A Good Mother Studies The Word of God

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

A godly mother understands the importance of studying God’s Word. She knows that it is a lamp unto her feet and a light unto her path. And she meditates on it day and night, so that she might know how to better serve God and her family.

A Godly Mother Is a Woman of Integrity

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.” Proverbs 11:3

A godly mother is a woman of integrity. She is honest and truthful. She is trustworthy and reliable. And she always seeks to do what is right, no matter the cost.

A Good Mother Cultivates Her Home

“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

A godly mother understands the importance of cultivating a Christ-centered home. She knows that her family is a reflection of Christ to the world. And she strives to make her home a place where everyone can feel loved, accepted, and valued.

A Godly Mother Is Hospitable

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

A godly mother is a woman of hospitality. She loves others unconditionally and always seeks to put their needs above her own. She is quick to forgive and slow to anger. And she is always full of grace and truth.

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A Good Mother Is a Woman of Strength

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

A godly mother is a woman of strength. She knows that God is her rock and her fortress. And she trusts Him to give her the strength she needs to face whatever life throws her way.

A Godly Mother Loves Her Family Unconditionally

“But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” Colossians 3:14

A godly mother loves her family unconditionally. She loves them even when they make mistakes. She loves them even when they don’t deserve it. And she loves them even when they’re not perfect.

A Godly Mother Is a Prayer Warrior

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

A godly mother is a prayer warrior. She knows the power of prayer and how it can change lives. And she prays for her family constantly, that they might be saved and come to know Christ.

A Good Mother Submits To The Will of the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

A godly mother submits to the will of the Lord. She knows that He knows what is best for her and her family. And she trusts Him to lead them in the right path, even when she doesn’t understand His plan.

A Godly Mother Maintains a Pure Heart

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

A godly mother understands the importance of maintaining a pure heart. She knows that a pure heart is essential to serving God and others. And she strives every day to keep her heart free from sin and disobedience.

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A Good Mother Is Compassionate

“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” Matthew 9:35

A godly mother is compassionate. She loves others unconditionally and always seeks to help those in need. She is quick to forgive and slow to anger. And she is always full of grace and truth.

A Godly Mother Points Her Children to Christ

“And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

A godly mother points her children to Christ. She knows that He is the only way, the truth, and the life. And she strives to lead her children to Him so that they might know His love and forgiveness.

A Good Mother Is a Servant of the Lord

“And he said to them, ‘The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.'” Matthew 20:28

A godly mother understands that she is a servant of the Lord. She knows that her first priority is to serve Him and His people. And she strives to do His will in all areas of her life.

A Godly Mother Leads by Example

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7

A godly mother leads by example. She knows that her children are watching her every move. And she strives to live a life that is worthy of imitation.

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A Good Mother Is Faithful

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

A godly mother is faithful. She knows that God is faithful and will never leave her or forsake her. And she trusts Him to complete the work He has started in her life.

A Godly Mother Loves the Lord With All Her Heart

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'” Mark 12:30

A godly mother loves the Lord with all her heart. She knows that He is worthy of her love and devotion. And she strives to live a life that is pleasing to Him.

A Good Mother Is Obedient to the Word of God

“And Samuel said, ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.'” 1 Samuel 15:22

A godly mother is obedient to the Word of God. She knows that His Word is true and good. And she strives to obey His commands in all areas of her life.

A Godly Mother Raises Her Children To The Lord

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

A godly mother raises her children to the Lord. She knows that they are a gift from God and she is responsible for teaching them about Him. And she strives to instill in them a love for the Lord and His Word.

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A Good Mother Seeks God’s Wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5

Christian moms seek God’s wisdom. She knows that He is the source of all knowledge and understanding. And she asks Him for wisdom in all areas of her life.

A Godly Mother Partners with God

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

A godly mother partners with God. She knows that He has called her to do good works. And she strives to live a life that is pleasing to Him.

A Good Mother Recognizes Her Children Are Gifts from God

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3

A godly mother recognizes that her children are gifts from God. She knows that they are precious and she is responsible for them. And she strives to raise them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

A Godly Mother Is Thankful

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

A godly mom is thankful. She knows that all things come from God and she is grateful for His blessings. And she gives thanks in all things, knowing that it is His will for her life.

A Good Mother’s Heart Is Full of Joy

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

A godly mother’s heart is full of joy. She knows that the Lord is good and His love endures forever. And she rejoices in Him always.

These are just some of the many characteristics of a Christian mom that you’ll find in the Bible. If you want to be a good mother, start by studying these verses and asking God to help you live out these qualities in your own life.

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Bible Verses About Mothers Responsibility

These are a handful of our favorite Bible verses about mothers and their role as good women.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.” Proverbs 1:8-9

“My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.” Proverbs 6:20-22

“Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” Proverbs 23:22

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6:2-3

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

“And a woman who bore a male child and said, ‘Praise the Lord,’ for she has given birth to a son.” Exodus 23:25-26

“She is worth far more than rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:29

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Godly Mother Quotes

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

– Washington Irving

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”

– Jewish proverb

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”

– Honoré de Balzac

“There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood. It is the role of a lifetime, and its rewards are great beyond measure.”

– Elder M. Russell Ballard

“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”

– Marion C. Garretty

“A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.”

– Unknown

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

– George Washington

“The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.”

– Jodi Picoult

“There is no substitute for a mother’s love.”

– Unknown

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Examples of Good Mothers in the Bible

The Bible is full of examples of good mothers.

Mary, mother of Jesus

“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

Mary mother of Jesus is perhaps the most well known good mother in the Bible. She was a humble woman who obediently followed God’s will. When she learned she was pregnant with Jesus, she did not hesitate to trust in God and go through with the pregnancy. Even after Jesus’ death, Mary remained strong and faithful to God.

Eve

“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” Genesis 3:20

Well before Eve bore children, she was called a mother. She knew sorrow, joy, suffering, and sadness. I am grateful to our sweet mother Eve for her wisdom, knowledge, and insight into bringing to pass the plan that God has given to us. She has been a key player in bringing so many spirits into this world to gain a body, so they can continue in their eternal progression.

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist

“And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!'” Luke 1:41-42

Elizabeth hoped and prayed for a son for many years. When she finally became pregnant in her old age, she was filled with joy and praised God. She was a loving mother to John the Baptist and helped him to become the great man of God that he was.

Hannah, mother of Samuel

“And she made a vow, saying, ‘O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life.'” 1 Samuel 1:11

Hannah has a mother’s heart. She was willing to make a great sacrifice – to give her son to the Lord – in order to see God’s will done. She was a faithful and prayerful mother, who gave Samuel over to the temple at such a tender age. He later became a great prophet of God.

Deborah, a judge and mother in Israel

“And she sent and summoned Barak and said to him, ‘Has not the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded you, “Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun?'” Judges 4:6

Deborah was a brave and bold woman. She was a judge in Israel, who led the people in battle against their enemies. She was also a mother, who cared for her children and raised them to love and follow God.

Ruth, a Moabite woman who became the great-grandmother of David

“And Ruth said to Naomi, ‘Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.'” Ruth 1:16-17

Ruth was a loving and devoted mother to her son Obed. She was willing to do whatever it took to provide for him and ensure he had a good life. Ruth was also a faithful follower of God and showed great courage during difficult times.

Eunice

“And she was continually admonishing him and urging him to be mindful of the Lord’s instructions as recorded in the letters of the prophets.” 2 Timothy 3:14

Eunice was a mother who instilled the fear of God in her son Timothy from a young age. She taught him about God and encouraged him to follow Him. She was an excellent role model for him and helped him grow up to be a great minister of the gospel.

Esther

“And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

Esther was a young woman who became queen of Persia. When her people were threatened with extermination, she risked her own life to save them. She is an example of a good mother because she was willing to do anything to protect the people of Israel.

Naomi

“But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, ‘Go back, each of you, to your mother’s house. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown me.'” Ruth 1:8

Naomi was a kind and caring mother-in-law to Ruth. She helped take care of Ruth when she was struggling, and shared her wisdom with Ruth about how to live a good life. Naomi also demonstrated her faith in God by trusting Him during difficult times.

Sarah

“And Sarah said, ‘God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about it will laugh with me.'” Genesis 21:6

Sarah was a mother who experienced the joy of seeing her son Isaac grow up and become a great man of God. She was also a woman of faith, who trusted God even when His promises seemed impossible. Sarah was an excellent mother to Isaac. She raised him with love and discipline, teaching him about the Lord’s ways. Sarah also showed faith in God by trusting Him to provide for her and her son during difficult times.

Rebecca

“And the Lord blessed Rebecca and she became pregnant and gave birth to twins.” Genesis 25:24

Rebecca was a mother who experienced the joy of giving birth to twins. She loved both of her sons, even though they were very different from each other. Rebecca was a wise mother, who helped her son Jacob to become a great man of God. She worked hard to provide for them both, even though they were very different children. Rebecca also demonstrated her faith in God by trusting Him to guide her decisions throughout her life.

Leah

“And Leah said, ‘God has given me my wages because I have given my maidservant to my husband.'” Genesis 30:18

Leah was a mother who experienced the joy of seeing her children grow up and become great men and women of God. She was also a woman of faith, who trusted God even when His promises seemed impossible.

Leah was an unselfish mother who loved her children deeply. She willingly shared her time and resources with them, even though she didn’t always have what she wanted herself. Leah also showed faith in God by trusting Him to help her through difficult times.

Rachel

“And Rachel said, ‘God has vindicated me; He has heeded my prayer and given me a son.'” Genesis 30:6

Rachel was an excellent mother to Joseph and Benjamin. She loved them both very much and sacrificed much for them. She demonstrated her faith in God by trusting Him to protect her sons during difficult times. Rachel was also a woman of great wisdom, who helped her husband Jacob to become a great man of God.

These are just a handful of the many mothers mentioned in the Bible who demonstrated excellent character traits. As you can see, there is no one perfect way to be a mother. Each mother showed her love for her children in different ways. But all of them shared one common trait: faith in God.

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The Legacy of a Godly Mother

Godly mothers are desperately needed in today’s ungodly world. The legacy of a godly mother is one that will be passed down for generations. It is a legacy of faith, hope, and love.

A godly mother’s faith is evident in her trust in God. She knows that He is sovereign and in control, no matter what the circumstances may look like. She trusts Him to provide for her family, both physically and spiritually. And she knows that His ways are always best.

A godly mother’s hope is evident in her attitude during difficult times. She knows that God is faithful and will never leave or forsake her. She trusts Him to work all things out for good, even when it doesn’t make sense. And she knows that one day everything will be made right.

A godly mother’s love is evident in her sacrificial actions. She puts her children’s needs above her own, even when it’s hard. She is patient and kind, even when they don’t deserve it. And she is always quick to forgive, because she knows that she’s not perfect either.

If you are blessed to have a godly mother in your life, cherish her and thank God for her. If you are not fortunate enough to have a godly mother, know that it is never too late to become one yourself.

Pray for wisdom and ask God to help you be the best mother that you can be. And remember, you can’t do it alone–you need His strength and power working through you.

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Practical Ways To Be A Good Mother Today

A godly mother is a woman who loves her children deeply, works hard to provide for them, and demonstrates faith in God by trusting Him to help her through difficult times. Motherhood is a gift in today’s world of chaos, and godly mothers are desperately needed to help raise the next generation of believers. Are you ready to be a godly mother? If so, here are some practical ways you can start today:

1. Pray for your children regularly.

2. Teach them about God and His ways.

3. Set a good example for them to follow.

4. Show them patience, kindness, and love.

5. Discipline them with wisdom and grace.

6. Trust God to work all things out for good.

No matter what your circumstances may be, know that you can be a godly mother. All it takes is a heart that desires to love and serve God, and a willingness to follow His ways. Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of your children? If so, start today by being the best mother that you can be.

Motherhood Is A Gift In Today’s World Of Chaos

The Lord needs you to be on his side. You are the only you he has. You are a unique and special gift, given to him by your mother. When you became a mother, something inside of you changed. You can’t explain it, but you know it’s true. You are now responsible for another human being. And that is a big deal.

It’s not easy being a mother. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things you will ever do. But it is also one of the most rewarding. To see your child grow and thrive, to watch them learn and discover new things, to experience all the firsts together–there is nothing like it.

Motherhood is a gift, but it’s not always easy. In today’s world of chaos, good mothers are needed more than ever. We need mothers who are strong and wise, who have faith in God and trust His ways.

We need mothers who will love their children unconditionally and set a good example for them to follow. Are you ready to be that mother? If so, know that you are not alone. God is with you, and He will give you everything you need to succeed.

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