31 Encouraging Mother’s Day Scripture to Celebrate Moms

Are you looking for some beautiful Mother’s Day Scripture to celebrate your mom this year?

Every year we celebrate the mothers in our lives on the second Sunday in May.  But the blessing of a mother’s love isn’t confined or contained in one day a year.  Whether you are best friends with your mother, missing your mother, or never knew your mother and adopted a different mother, the Bible has a lot to say about mothers. 

The common theme in the Bible about mothers is that mothers are to be respected and their teachings should guide our lives.  Godly mothers are a blessing to their children and to those around them. 

a mother giving her 2 young children a hug

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What Does the Bible Say About Mother’s Day

Historically, we celebrate the accomplishments and good virtues of mothers on Mother’s Day.  The card, flower, and chocolate industry have capitalized on this celebration.  But the Bible also spoke about the strengths of a Christian mother long before Mother’s Day became a date on our calendars. 

God’s love is likened to a mother’s love in Isaiah.  In trying to explain God’s love for the His people, the prophet Isaiah used the best metaphor he could think of.  That of a mother’s love for her child. 

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!  Isaiah 49:15

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.  Isaiah 66:13

A mother’s influence on her child’s life lasts a lifetime.  When God created mothers, His plan was perfect.  Mothers would have a heart filled with love for their children, they would be generous, they would teach their children in the ways of God, and they would love them unconditionally. 

Related: Characteristics of a Mother According to the Bible

As sin entered the world, there are also pictures of mothers in the Bible who did not do what was right.  They injured their children, neglected them, abandoned them, and abused them.  This is not the ideal that God designed.  His design was perfect.  Mothers would be an example of His unconditional love. 

What Does Proverbs Say About Mothers?

King Solomon devoted much of his writings in the book of Proverbs to the blessing and importance of mothers.  There are 15 scriptures about mothers in the book of Proverbs that specifically mention the word mother.  The entire last chapter is devoted to the virtues of a Godly woman, wife, and mother. 

Solomon gives us an insight into his relationship with his mother. 

For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother. Proverbs 4:3

As Solomon grew in wisdom, he understood the value of staying true to the things his mother had taught him when he was young.  The things she had taught him about God and about living a good life, doing what was right in God’s eyes. 

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 1:8

My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 6:20

At the end of Proverbs, Solomon writes an entire chapter about the virtues of a Godly woman.  This Godly woman also happens to be a wife and mother and “her children rise up and call her blessed.”  (Prov. 31:28)

young african american mother with her toddler on her back having fun outside

Bible Verses for Mother’s Day

There are so many verses about mothers in the Bible!

Here are 5 short Mother’s Day scriptures to celebrate your mom today, tomorrow, and every day!   Use them in prayer, in greeting cards, on social media, or in other ways to let her know how much you appreciate her and love her.

  • She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.  She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”  Proverbs 31:26-29
  • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7
  • The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Numbers 6:24-26
  • Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.  You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.  Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Psalm 128:1-3
  • For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.  Isaiah 44:3

Bible Verses About Honoring Your Mother

The Bible is very clear in that we should honor our Mothers. These verses of scripture are perfect for reminding us of that.

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.  Exodus 20:11

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  Ephesians 6:1-3

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. – Philippians 1:2-3 (Paul writing to the people in the church he left behind – men and women who were serving God.)

There are many short scriptures about honoring your mother on Mother’s day and beyond.  Blessings are promised if you respect and love your mother, and follow her teachings from when you were young. 

Bible Verses About a Mother’s Love for Her Children

The Bible is filled with examples of a mother’s love for her children.  Here are three specific scriptures about mothers. 

Hannah, Samuel’s mother, prayed for her son for years before he was born.  She promised God that she would give her son to Him when he was old enough.  After praying for a child for so long, it’s hard to imagine how she could take him to the temple and leave him there. But that is what she did.  Her love for her son continued for years to come. 

Related: Amazing Moms in the Bible

Each year his (Samuel’s) mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice.  1 Sam 2:19

David’s mother served God and taught David to follow God as well.  Her love for her son extended to teaching and instructing and serving. 

Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did. Psalm 86:16

Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. Psalm 116:16

Jesus use the word picture of a mother hen to describe the expansive love of a mother for her offspring. 

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.  Matthew 23:37

Bible Verses About Mother’s Prayers

There are many stories in the Bible about mothers who prayed for their children, or for a specific answer to prayer.  Some of their stories resulted in years of praying for the same request.  Others had their recorded prayers answered instantly.  Whether you’ve been praying for years or seconds, God hears your prayers just as He heard the prayers of these mothers. 

Hannah’s Prayer

My heart rejoices in the Lord, in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. 1 Samuel 2:1

Sarah’s Prayer

God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me. . . Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children Yet I have borne him a son in his old age. Genesis 21:6-7

Elizabeth’s Prayer

“The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” Luke 1:25

The Canaanite Woman’s Prayer

            Lord, help me! Matthew 15:25

Read about more mothers who prayed in the Bible to see how each of these mothers was a blessing to their children and those around them. 

A Mother’s Day Prayer

Dear Father in Heaven, Thank you so much for the beautiful example of love You have given us in Godly mothers.  Thank you for the mothers in my life – those who have taught me, nurtured me, and blessed me.  Please bless each one of those women today. 

Help their children to rise up and call them blessed.  Please comfort the mothers who have ached to hold their child in their arms.  Bless those who have lost a child.  Send your special blessing to those who are raising someone else’s child and loving them as their own. 

Please help me to appreciate each of these others in my life and to never take their influence and support for granted.  Thank you!  In Jesus’ name, amen. 

I hope these Mother’s Day Scriptures help to remind you of how awesome and truly blessed mothers are! Use them to say thank you to the mothers in your life as we celebrate all Moms this year on Mother’s Day and all year long!

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