Have you ever thought about what the mothers in the Bible were like, what circumstances they faced, and if we can learn anything about mothering from them?

Ever think you’re alone in a mothering situation, that no one has ever had to deal with before? Ha! We would be wrong, yes? Scripture says there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Which means we can even find mothering lessonss from mothers in the Bible. Here we’ve compiled 10.

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Equipped for the good work of mothering

2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

The purpose of Scripture is so that we will be complete (whole) and equipped for every good work. Mothering is one of those good works we are being equipped to do. It’s not easy. We are often tried beyond our breaking point.

This month as we celebrate mothers, let’s also look at some mothers in the Bible and learn the lessons they can teach us which we can apply to our mothering today.

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What can we learn from mothers in the Bible?

Whether we are looking for encouragement or guidance, Scripture should be the first place we turn for help with our mothering. The mothers of the Bible have much to teach us – both what to do and what not to do – if we only closely examine Scripture to see what it wants to tell us.

Read on for 10 powerful mothering lessons from the mothers who have gone before us.

Be on guard (Genesis 2 & 3)

We know the story of Adam and Eve, and how sin and death came into the world. Eve was deceived by the serpent (1 Timothy 2:14), and as a result, her mind was led astray from simple and pure devotion to God (2 Corinthians 11:3) – she questioned His good command.

From Eve, we learn that we must be on guard constantly against the temptation to take matters into our own hands. Knowing what “God really said” is critical. If we learn God’s Word for ourselves whenever we hear “did God really say…”, we can reply with a resounding NO!

Keep our promises (1 Samuel 1 & 2)

Hannah prayed for a child with such fervor that she was accused of being drunk! Her promise to God was that she would give her child to Him. God heard her prayers, and she bore Samuel. From Hannah, we learn the benefits of keeping promises and not losing faith when circumstances are beyond our control.

God’s plan is best – even when we have to wait (Genesis 11 and following)

Although God told Abraham that he and Sarah would have a child, Sarah was cynical. She took matters into her own hands, and the result was a battle between her servant and herself, with children caught in the middle.

From Sarah, we learn that God’s plan is best, even when it includes waiting.

Ingenuity (Exodus 2)

Moses was born during a time of great oppression of the Israelites. All baby boys were commanded to be killed. But Moses’ mother placed him in a basket by the river bank. From Jochebed, we learn ingenuity in doing what is best for our children.

Motherhood is bound by love – not biology (Exodus 2)

Pharaoh’s Daughter found the baby Moses and her mother’s heart was opened. Scripture says that he became her son. From Pharaoh’s daughter, we learn that motherhood is not bound by biology, but by love.

Strength in submission (Genesis 7)

Noah’s wife is not mentioned by name, nor is hardly anything written about her. But in a society that mocked her husband and was saturated by evil, she remained true to God and her husband. From Noah’s wife, we see a picture of strength in submission to God – even when society tells us we’re wrong.

Being ruled by emotions is dangerous (Job 2:9)

Granted, Job’s wife had endured much heartbreak. She lost her home, her children, and the health of her husband. But instead of remaining faithful, she suggested to Job that he should curse God and die. From Job’s wife, we learn the danger of allowing emotions to override our senses and our speech.

Training up our children produces good fruit (2 Timothy 1:5)

The grandmother and mother of Timothy had a powerful influence on his life. From Lois and Eunice, we learn the importance of training up a child in the knowledge and ways of the Lord. Timothy’s sincere faith was imparted to him by his mother and grandmother.

Timothy went on to become not only a spiritual son of Paul, but a young leader in early Christianity.

Even the strongest Christians need a Spiritual Mother (Romans 16:13)

Only identified as the mother of Rufus, Paul also claimed her as his mother. In his gracious tribute, Paul pays Rufus’ mother the highest compliment by referring to her as his mother. From Rufus’ mother, we learn that a mother’s love is not limited to her own children, but to any child (or grown adult!) who needs mothering.

Faithfulness in all circumstances (Luke 1 & 2)

From the time she was visited by an angel to watching her Son die on a cross, Mary exemplified a completely devoted mother. From Mary, we learn to be faithful in all circumstances, even when they are incomprehensible. We also learn true sacrificial love.


Whenever we are looking for encouragement, refreshment, or direction in our mothering the Bible is our go-to source for learning at the feet of the mothers who have gone before us.

Whether we are biological, adoptive, or spiritual mothers we learn from the mothers in the Bible how to guard ourselves against doubting God’s Good Word, keep our promises, trust God’s plan, be ingenious when called upon, mother those we did not give birth to, and be faithful even when all hope seems lost.

I’d love to hear what you think

Which mothers in the Bible have you learned the most from? What other “mothering” lessons have you learned from mothers in the Bible? Chat with us in the comments!

Resources I Recommend:

If you’d like to learn more about how to study the Bible in-depth, I recommend How to Study Your Bible: Discover the Life-Changing Approach to God’s Word by Kay Arthur, David Arthur, Pete De Lacy. This book teaches a great method for going deep into the Scripture.

With the inductive study method, you can cultivate the inductive skills of observation, interpretation, and application In 15 easy-to-understand chapters, the authors present a systematic approach that includes key words, context studies, comparison and contrasts, topical studies, and more.

Another book you might find helpful is The Power of a Praying Mom: Powerful Prayers for You and Your Children by Stormie Omartian

Gathered in this little book are prayers in pairs: One for you and a corresponding one for your children. Each set covers a topic dear to your mother’s heart—such as your children’s relationship with the Lord, their growth in faith, their health, family, and friends, and so much more. Also included are Scripture verses and blank lines for you to write prayers that are specific and personal to you and your family.

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