Somewhere There Is a Woman…

Somewhere there is a woman rocking a baby in the middle of the night. She is exhausted and tired, and as she rocks back and forth, she cries silently into his curly hair. His head tucked up under her chin, his chubby hands holding onto her, she holds him tightly and prays, “Lord, make me the momma he needs me to be. Show me how to love him, teach him, raise him up to be the man you have called him to be.”

And the Lord hears her prayer.

A world away, a woman holds the hand of her small child. The young girl hops over each crack in the sidewalk, her pleated school skirt and ponytails bouncing as she jumps. Filled with hope and responsibility, she prays, “Lord, make me the momma she needs me to be. Show me how to teach her confidence and compassion. Guide me as I teach her about beauty, and grace, and love for you and others.”

And the Lord hears her prayer.

The sun has set and heavy eyes have finally closed as another woman goes in to turn out the light. As she leans down and kisses the heads of her small children she whispers, “Lord, make me the momma they need me to be. May I always be an example of how to trust in you, look to you, and follow you all the days of my life.”

And the Lord hears her prayer.

In a small hospital room, the sun is just rising on another day without answers. A woman carefully repositions the blankets and tucks the special worn teddy bear under her son’s arm. She sits on the end of his bed and prays, “Lord, make me the momma he needs me to be. Show me how to be strong. Show me how to trust. Never let him see my faith waver, because you are good, and we will choose to trust you.”

And the Lord hears her prayer.

A woman holds a test in her hands. It is positive this time, but she is scared. She slides down the wall onto the cold tile floor and prays, “Lord, make me the momma this baby needs me to be. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know that you will be with us. Help me to hear your voice as you lead us.”

And the Lord hears her prayer.

Around the world, there are woman just like you. Women who pray for their children to know God. Women who pray for safety, and health, and peace, and wholeness. Women who pray that they might know what to do next.  Women who are desperate for answers. Women who cling desperately to hope. And women who will choose to trust above all.

I don’t know where you are today. I don’t know what circumstances surround your prayer. But, today, I get to remind you… wherever you are… That you are not alone. You are already the momma they need you to be,

And the Lord hears your prayer.

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  • My son is failing math for the second year in a row, and he’s beginning that wonderful pre-teen time when he’s angry at life and that manifests as angry at and argumentative with me. His wonderful father works hard and late some nights and sometimes takes business trips, leaving me and the Boy alone, and some days I am sure my son hates me and I cry, but your words invariably are the ones I need. Thanks for being a friend I’ve never met who lets me cry silently on her shoulder while telling me it’s going to be okay.

  • mary abdelbaset says:

    May I add one more mother to your list? Somewhere there is a mother whose children are now grown and as she sits in a quiet house she prays, “Lord continue to help me to be the mother that my adult children need. May I be on my knees on their behalf daily, praying for their protection, their discernment, their finances, their faith. May I remember that as their mother, my responsibility to guide them to You never ends until my dying breath. And the Lord hears your prayer

  • Rebeca says:

    Thank you! I definitely needed that. I’m going into the hospital in 2 weeks to have my second by c-section and I’ve been worried about the recovery, being able to provide love to both of them, and just being a good Mama.

  • Sarah says:

    Thank you so much. I needed this today! I’m a first time mom with a newborn and I’m recovering from after birth complications. All I ask is that God keeps me strong and continues to help me heal so I can be the best mama He calls me to be.

  • Paula Miller says:

    Just beautiful. Tear jerkingly relatable. Thank you for your beautiful words.

  • Candon says:

    I am new to your blog, an 18 year old with a 2 year old and you just give me hope. I am a catholic but sometimes it gets hard being a teen mom! All of your posts make my eyes water and heart happy. Thank you soooo much for your hope and faith being shared!

  • Melissa says:

    I found your blog on Pinterest and how happy I am to have found it. I LOVE this post!!! You have defined exactly what mothers pray for. I love the way you tie it together. I love it!!!!

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