In the midst of the busy and sometimes overwhelming role of motherhood, having a strong foundation in the word of God is crucial. Words of truth to fall back on when we are overstimulated, overwhelmed, frustrated and tired. I think having scripture memorized for times like this can be such a difference maker in motherhood. When difficult times come, we have verses to fall back on to help us persevere and change our mindset. I made a list of some of the best bible verses for moms to write on their heart and keep at the forefront of motherhood.
As mothers, we play such an important role in our kids lives. We get to disciple our own children and teach them the most important things in life: To love God and love each other! What an incredible responsibility, and what a special bond we can form with our children as we teach them to love the Lord.
Tips for Memorizing the Best Bible Verses for Moms
- Choose Relevant Verses: Select verses that are personally meaningful to you. This will make the memorization process more engaging and relevant.
- Start Small: Begin with shorter verses or passages. As you gain confidence and skill, you can gradually move on to longer ones.
- Repeat and Review: Repetition is key to memorization. Repeat the verse multiple times throughout the day. Also, set aside specific times for review to reinforce your memory.
- Write It Down: Write the verse down on paper or in a notebook. The physical act of writing can help reinforce your memory. I like to use notecards and put them around my house where I will see them often.
- Read Aloud: Recite the verse out loud. Hearing yourself say it can engage both auditory and verbal memory.
- Apply the Verse: Reflect on the meaning and relevance of the verse to your life. Applying its message can help solidify your memory and deepen your understanding.
- Set a Routine: Establish a consistent time each day for memorization. Consistency will help build a habit and make memorization more effective.
- Accountability: Memorizing verses with a friend or family member can help with accountability and make it more fun.
- Sing: Put the verse to a simple tune or rhythm. Singing or chanting can make memorization more enjoyable and effective. I still remember some bible verses that I learned as songs when I was a kid.
- Pray about it: Ask God for help in memorizing His Word. Pray for clarity, understanding, and retention as you engage with the verses.
Matthew 22:37-39: The First Commandment
This verse made my list of the best bible verses for moms for one big reason. It is the first of the ten commandments and is repeated in the new testament as God’s greatest commandment for us to obey. If this is the most important thing that God has asked us to do, then it should also be a priority to teach our children. We should teach them first to love God, and second to love others. The best way to teach? In leading by example in your own home!
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (NLT)
37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' (NKJ)
37 Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' (NIV)
John 15:4: Abide In Me
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. (NLT)
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. (NKJ)
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (NIV)
I love this verse because it reminds me of where the fruit in my life truly comes from. It’s not from me. It’s a result of remaining (some translations say abiding) in Christ. If I want to produce great fruit in my children’s lives, I have to stay connected to the source. This is one of the best encouraging bible verses for Moms because it is a reminder of the source of our strength when (not if) we can’t do it on our own. A little bit further on in verse 10 it says “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love”…”This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”. Spelled out pretty clearly for us. Love one another, and we will produce God’s fruit in our lives.
So what kind of fruit will we see in our lives and our children when we are remaining in Christ? Let’s see what the word says.
Galatians 5:22-23: The Fruit of the Spirit
You might be familiar with these verses, but they are such a good reminder. These fruits of the Spirit are attributes that the Holy Spirit produces in the lives of believers who are surrendered to God’s will. They serve as indicators of a transformed and Christ-like character. None of these characteristics come from us.
22 "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" (NLT)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (NKJ)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)
Often on my hard days I am challenged to play close attention to my thoughts and actions. Are my thoughts and actions fruit of the spirit or of my own sinful nature? Challenging but important to examine, which is why they made the list of the best bible verses for Moms. So many of these apply to motherhood and how we interact with our children and others. Let’s talk about each of these fruits and what they mean from a biblical standpoint:
The Fruit is Love
In the Bible, love is described as selfless and unconditional affection and care for others. It goes beyond feelings and demonstrates action. This love seeks the well-being and betterment of others, even at personal cost. The ultimate example of love is seen in the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for us when we didn’t deserve it. John 15:13 says “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” God’s love is the ultimate example for us to follow.
The Fruit is Joy
Biblical joy is not dependent on circumstances but is a deep sense of gladness that comes from a relationship with God. This joy is rooted in the hope, salvation, and promises of God, allowing believers to remain joyful even in challenging times. Nehemiah 8:10 says “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” This is a greater joy than we can ever hope to experience from material or worldly things!
The Fruit is Peace
In the Bible, peace is more than the absence of conflict; it is a state of surrender and tranquility that comes from a relationship with God. It’s an inner sense of calm and assurance that God is in control, regardless of external circumstances. This peace surpasses human understanding and guards our hearts and minds in Christ. Phillipians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The Fruit is Patience
Also referred to as longsuffering, biblical patience is the ability to endure difficulties and trials without losing faith or becoming easily frustrated. It’s an attitude of waiting and persevering with a spirit of trust in God’s timing and purposes. Woof, I don’t know about you but this one hits me hard, often.
The Fruit is Kindness
Biblical kindness goes beyond mere politeness; it involves showing genuine compassion, empathy, and consideration to others. It’s a willingness to extend grace, help, and understanding to those in need, reflecting God’s kindness toward us.
The Fruit is Goodness
Goodness is the moral excellence and virtue that stems from God’s character. It involves doing what is right, just, and virtuous in all situations. It’s about seeking to make positive contributions to the lives of others and aligning our actions with God’s standards.
The Fruit is Faithfulness
Faithfulness is the quality of being reliable, trustworthy, and true to one’s commitments. In a biblical context, it involves remaining steadfast and unwavering in our faith, obedience, and relationship with God, even in the face of challenges.
The Fruit is Self-Control
Also known as temperance, self-control is the ability to exercise restraint over our desires, impulses, and emotions. It’s about managing our thoughts, words, and actions in alignment with God’s principles, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our choices.
Bonus: my kids love this song about the fruit of the spirit. Music is such an easy way to encourage scripture memorization with our kids!
Proverbs 22:6 & Ephesians 6:4 Training our Children
Sometimes I think we put so much pressure on ourselves to raise perfect kids. But you know what the good news is? We aren’t perfect, so our kids probably won’t be either…. so we can let go of that expectation. We have to trust that if we live in obedience to what God has called us to do as parents and provide faithful instruction, God will take care of the rest. God has given us several verses in the bible that talk about how we are supposed to instruct and train them.
Proverbs 22:6: Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. (NLT)
Ephesians 6:4: Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.(NLT)
Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (NKJ)
Ephesians 6:4: And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. (NKJ)
Proverbs 22:6: Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.(NIV)
Ephesians 6:4: Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (NIV)
These verses are good encouragement and reminder to stay faithful in our training and discipline with our children. The proverbs verse encourages us to teach our children to live according to God’s word, and if we do so they will not depart from it. While I don’t think this is necessarily a promise that our kids will turn out a certain way, I think the Lord is reminding us that our efforts in teaching our children valuable lessons will bear fruit as they grow.
Psalm 139:13-14: Our Children are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
God knew our children before they ever existed. He formed them with his own hands inside of our wombs. This is such an encouraging and uplifting verse for mothers, reminding us that we are apart of God’s plan to create new life that he ordained! We play a role in His good and perfect plan… knowing this gives me great joy.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. (NLT)
13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (NKJ)
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. NIV
Galatians 6:9: Reminder to persevere
This verse can apply to a lot of things in the Christian walk. But I do think that it’s a powerful encouragement for moms. Parenting, like all other parts of our Christian calling requires endurance. Even when the motherhood journey is tough, your persistence and dedication will yield rewarding results. Hold strong, and remember that you are doing good work in your children’s lives.
9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (NLT)
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (NKJ)
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 16:14: Do everything in love
Of course, we love our children. So much that it can’t be put into words! However, I’ll be the first to tell you that sometimes my reactions are not loving. Like yesterday (no joke) when my 1 year old dumped an entire toddler toilet full of pee all over himself and the bathroom floor. Yeah. But God has asked us to do everything in love. Not just when it’s easy. I think this is such a great way to show the love of God to our kids, when we are stressed, they mess up, things are not going smoothly and we respond in love.
14 And do everything with love. (NLT)
14 Do everything in love. (NKJ)
14 Let all that you do be done with love. (NIV)
Psalms 46:1: God is our help
Overwhelm. It’s common in motherhood, isn’t it? We are constantly trying to do it all, and we constantly fall short. This verse made the list of best bible verses for Moms because it’s a reminder to lean on God. God is a constant source of refuge and strength during difficult times. The power of Christ is that we never have to do anything on our own! Exodus 14:14 says “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. (NLT)
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. (NKJ)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (NIV)
Psalms 127:3: Children are a Reward
This verse speaks for itself. What a blessing, what a reward are our children! God has given his us so many great things.. children have to be up there as one of the best. This verse is a great encouragement for us as Moms and a reminder to praise the one who graciously gives us all things.
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. (NLT)
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. (NKJ)
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. (NIV)
It’s easy to remember this verse when things are good. A reminder that motherhood is a divine gift, this verse emphasizes the blessing and privilege of raising children. Every moment spent caring for your kids is a testament to the reward of parenthood.
Proverbs 31:10-31: The Wife of Noble Character
At first I hesitated to include these verses because I think sometimes people like to pull them out of context. Specifically verse 25; I have seen so many instagram bios with this verse over the years! But then when I read back through Proverbs 31, I realized how important these verses are as a whole. They belong in this list of the best bible verses for Moms! Proverbs 31 teaches us about being a Godly woman. How to be a wise woman of strength. I don’t know about you, but when I read these verses I am in awe. This woman really does it all, and she does it well.
There is really too much here to delve into, but I hope you read through these verses and meditate on them. What could it look like if for you if you lived like this “excellent wife” the bible teaches about?
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Throughout the Bible, Moms can find a daily source of encouragement, guidance, and hope. As you navigate this beautiful calling of motherhood, I hope that this list of the best bible verses for Moms remind you of your purpose and your calling. Embrace these words of wisdom, memorize them, and let them encourage you to continue being the incredible mother you are meant to be.
Remember at the end of the day, it’s not about us. We can’t do this motherhood thing on our own… we desperately need Jesus. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” The best thing we can do is commit to teaching our children to love God, and love each other. That is the greatest commandment!
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