This is certainly the case for me, as having my son has changed every single aspect of my life, from my schedule to my priorities to my relationship with God.
Need proof? Here are three specific ways becoming a mom has improved my relationship with the Lord.
I have a better understanding of God’s all-encompassing love for us.
The moment my son was born, I felt like my heart quadrupled in size, and I knew I was catching a glimpse of just how strong God’s love is for you and me.
My baby didn’t have to do anything to earn my love—indeed, he could have cried for hours on end and not slept through the night for years, and it wouldn’t have changed my dedication to him one bit (though the bags under my eyes would have been quite a sight!).
The point is, if I love my son that much with my human, imperfect love, how incredibly great must the Father’s perfect love be for us! I’m overwhelmed with gratitude at the thought of it!
1 John 4:16 (NLT) We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
I’m honoring my own mother in new and unexpected ways.
Too often we hear the commandment to honor our father and mother and think it applies solely to children. We use it as a clever discipline tactic with our youngsters but don’t abide by it as adults.
Being a parent is serious stuff—we moms are raising and molding the next generation, no matter how old our children are—and God understands that.
Becoming a mom myself has fostered within me a deep and profound respect for my mother. Thinking about everything she did for me—the sacrifices, the protection, the letting go—makes me want to honor her more than I ever did before.
Exodus 20:12 (NLT) Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
I’m learning what it really means to trust God completely.
I never thought I would have what they call “mama bear” tendencies, but the moment my son was born I felt the strongest urge to protect him, no matter what. And protect him I do, to the extent that I can.
But one day, Lord willing, he will go to school, then move out of my house, then have children of his own. I cannot keep him in a bubble, so instead I give him to God, over and over and over again. Tweet this!
Psalm 9:10 (NLT) Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Oh Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.