When God Created Mothers

Before she even held you in her arms, while you were still growing inside of her, she fell madly in love with you! She’s the one who struggled during those many hours giving you birth. She changed your diapers without complaint, and took care of you while you were sick—sometimes staying up all night just to watch over you.  She’s the one who prayed for you when you were hurting, all the while wanting to take on your pain, herself.  She encouraged you to persevere through the difficult times in life, and fulfill the dreams of your heart.  She (has) always believed in you—even when you doubted yourself.

There is none like a mother!

As we grow older and have children of our own, we realize that our mother gave us a pattern by which to build up our own family.  Because of her strong faith and her loving living example we can bring up our children in the ways of God, with the assurance that they know their loving Creator.

Thank you mom! –For everything! Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m a huge fan of the late Erma Bombeck.  Her writing was a seamless combination of real-life commentary mixed with the perfect amount of humor.  This is an excerpt taken from her column, written many years ago about, “The Day the Lord Created Mothers”.  While it isn’t Bible-based, I hope you will enjoy her humorously-loving ode to mothers everywhere!

When the Good Lord was creating mothers He was into His 6th day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, “Have you read the specification on this order?”

“She has to be completely washable but not plastic”

“Have 180 movable parts . . . all replaceable”

“Run on black coffee and leftovers”

“Have a lap that disappears when she stands up”

“A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair”

“And 6 pairs of hands”

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “6 pairs of hands….no way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes that Mothers have to have.”

“That’s in the standard model?” asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front so that she can look at a child when he goofs and say, ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

“Lord,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “come to bed. Tomorrow . . . “

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one that heals herself when she is sick . . . can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger . . . and can get a 9 yr. old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a Mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

“But tough!” said the Lord excitedly. “You cannot imagine what this Mother can do or endure.”

“Can it think?”

“Not only think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran a finger across the cheek. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You You were trying to put too much into this model.”

“It’s not a leak,” said the Lord. “It’s a tear.”

“What’s it for?”

“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

“You are a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. “I didn’t put it there”

–(Erma Bombeck, May 12, 1974)

The What’s in the Bible? team would like to hear about your most memorable Mother’s Day.  Whether it’s about you, your mother or your wife—please share your story with us under the comments section of this blog post.

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at What’s in the Bible? !!

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Lisa S.
Lisa S.

Thanks for all your beautful, heart-felt responses! I loved reading each and every one! I hope you all had a blessed and restful Mother's Day! <3 Lisa

Michelle Brill
Michelle Brill

My most memorable Mother's Day is a series of 3 Mother's Days. It all started in 2009 after trying to become a mother for 16 months. A friend told our pastor and asked if he could do an anointing and pray for me and another friend who had also been trying to be a mom for over 5 years. In August of that year we both found out were were expecting and were due 2 weeks apart. Her baby came early. On May 8th 2010 my son was born, 22 hours prior to Mother's Day. Then this year on Mother's Day I was blessed to share the day with my Son's first birthday. It was very special. (He loves your show. He will stand up and watch your show and drop his toys when it is on.)

Jenny K T
Jenny K T

One of my favorite Mother's Days as I look back on it was the year I was away at college and couldn't come home, but arranged for a friend to buy a corsage and take it to my mom. At the time it wasn't the best day because I couldn't be there with her, but now as a mom getting close to sending my oldest off to college, I can appreciate how special it was to her, knowing I was wishing I could be there and tried to let her know how much I loved her. I also loved the year we were expecting our 1st and my husband bought me my 1st Mother's Day card - very exciting!

Patrick
Patrick

My wife is an awesome Mom. Today she took our 8 year old (a huge fan of What's In the Bible?) on a class field trip. My wife was the only parent who volunteered to help chaperone the class. The field trip was to the local landfill which might have had something to do with it. Keep up the great work guys!

Beth Fox
Beth Fox

I can't remember if it was Mother's Day or not, but it's my favorite "Mom" moment... I was 4 or 5 years old and I was fighting with my older brother over something (I can't remember what) and he fired out the winning shot of the argument: "Mom and Dad don't love you anyway. You're adopted." I had no idea what adopted meant I just knew from the way he said it that it must've been something bad. I, of course, ran to my mother in tears. I told her what my brother said and asked what adopted meant. My mom said, "it means Mommy and Daddy couldn't have a baby of their own, so out of aaaallll the little girls in the world we CHOSE YOU to be our daughter. It means you're special. Oh, and your brother is adopted too." The Lord used my Mother in a very powerful way that day. I can't tell you how many pitfalls and heartaches I have been able to avoid because I've haven't had to prove (to myself or anyone else) my worth. I've always known it. I was chosen and I am special.

Wendy
Wendy

My memorable mother's day was when I had my whole family together. You see, my third child was born three months early and doctors and nurses prepared me for the worst rather than provide hope. The Lord sustained us and created this child to be strong despite being born so early, and that mother's day, with three healthy kids at home, was the most memorable.

Valerie Thompson
Valerie Thompson

My most memorable Mother's Day was when I was still pregnant with my first child and I realized that next year I'd actually BE a mom and I'd have a BABY! It was scary and thrilling all at the same time. :)

Jared
Jared

The most vivid memory I have of Mother's Day was the one in which my wife and I had our first little girl, and I was able to celebrate my wife and her first year of motherhood!

Penny
Penny

My most memorable were the ones I was pregnant - all my kids were born just AFTER Mothers Day and I so wanted to meet my kids (and quit feeling like I was about to pop). :)

Debra
Debra

My most memorable Mother's Day? Ugh, wish you had asked for a favorite instead. Most memorable... we had been trying to have a baby for a couple of years. Found out I was pregnant in February, 1996. Lost the baby in late April. I was physically still recovering when mother's day came around, and my MIL had flown out for the weekend. I was beyond depressed, and I refused to leave the house. Totally convinced I was never, ever going to be a real mom. My husband took his mom out for lunch, and I sat in the house and ate a whole package of Oreos. It was what I needed. Mother's Day 1997 I spent in NICU with my baby boy. And I've had four more since then. But for me, Mother's Day always reminds me of the women who are putting on a brave front and facing the day even though their lives haven't worked out right for whatever reason. The moms who lost a child of whatever age. The women who haven't become moms although they want to. Best Mother's Day would have been a much better question....

Stacey Windover
Stacey Windover

I don't have a favorite Mother's Day, they have all been awesome! My kids make me cards each year, a tradition that continues today for my 20yr old, 18yr old and 15yr old!! I do have a favorite card though.... As I look at the front of the card, there is a character that looks a lot like "Yoda" from Star Wars, I opened it and the words inside still make me giggle 10 years later. The card said "Yo-da best mom ever!" Clever and well drawn for an 8 year old! Blessings to all the Moms out there!! Yo da BEST!!

CHRIS
CHRIS

My favorite Mother's Day was back in 2004, when the Lord inspired me to write a poem and later a song that brings 2 memories to mind: 1) My mom had German Measles while pregnant with me and I came out ok 2) I accidentally drank gasoline from a coke bottle (looked like coke) and she held me praying all the way to the hospital...I had no problems and was fine. To keep it short, the chorus of the song goes: She held me on her bended knees; still holds me there today. I stand here and testify, because my mamma prayed.

Any T.
Any T.

My favorite Mother's Day memory was the year I made our Mom a poster-sized card with a hand-drawn Bible and I learned calligraphy (well the best I could learn at the age of 11) to write in a verse from Proverbs 31. My sister and I also set the dining table w/the good china and made her pancakes for breakfast. Then we went to church. She looked so surprised! And I was so proud that we had made her happy. Years later, after I became a mom, she confessed that we made so much noise with the dishes that we woke her up, but she faked being asleep so we could "surprise" her. Now I'm a mom of five girls and every Mother's Day has been memorable for different reasons...mostly for the homemade gifts and the early morning wake up call where they all jump on me in the bed to yell, "Happy Mother's Day!" I just love it!! I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Mendy
Mendy

My most memorable mother's day was my first as a mom!

Bethany
Bethany

The best mothers day my mom and I remembered together was the year I was four. I gave her I think it was 27 frogs. In a lego bucket. She remembers it better than I do, all I remember is that I was SO PROUD of my accomplishment for my mommy. OF COURSE she should be as happy as I was. I also remember being really worried that I wouldn't get them in time. May's a tough time to catch frogs. But seriously, my mom means more than I can say. Definitely worth all the frogs a little tomboy could catch.

Jessie
Jessie

My most memorable Mother's Day was 2010, when my son was less than a month old. On a side note, I was a surprise twin that was born on Mother's Day! My mom was told she was having one big baby, but she got two!

Ticia
Ticia

Last year was incredibly awesome because my Mom got married again the day before Mother's Day, sadly he died 4 months later, so this year we'll be spending Mother's Day with her on vacation taking her to Schlitterbahn.

Suzanne
Suzanne

As a teacher for 12 years before children, I'm thankful for people that reminded me and showed appreciation for the dedication women can play in the lives of children without being a biological mom. But... I will never forget my very first Mother's Day with a 2 month old! Another great Mother's Day memory a few years later that will remain forever, is watching our 5 year old son with a plan for a wood shelf, complete with paint, for his mom that we would not quit bugging his dad to help him complete.

Melissa Fox
Melissa Fox

My fav. Mother's Day was in 2008. Not only was it the first Mother's Day after I had son but one of the last Mother's Days I had with my mom while she was still pretty healthy. (Although she was diagnosed with cancer a few months before.) We had a pinic combining my family (sister, mom, etc.) and my hubby's family (his mom, g-mom, sister, etc). I really miss my mom so much

Julie C
Julie C

My first son was born just 5 days befor Mother's Day, 7 years ago. How special that first Mother's Day was for me! How proud I was to show off my little boy! This year I will celebrate as a mom of 4 boys, though I can only hold 3. Our youngest was stillborn in December, but he is no less relevant than any of our other children! How amazingly wonderful how God can use a life for His glory even if it is one so short as our precious John Blaise'. I will celebrate this Sunday with joy for the lives the Lord has allowed me to carry and with joy for the life that carried ME!

Peter
Peter

I think ours was the Mother's Day just after we found out we'd be having a little baby. We celebrated with another couple and had a great time. We prayed for that little one throughout the pregnancy and are blessed with a pretty wonderful daughter right now.

Valerie Vedder
Valerie Vedder

My favorite Mother's Day memory is walking with my Mom for the Race for the Cure on Mother's Day in honor of her and her survival of breast cancer! Love you, Mom!

Carolyn M
Carolyn M

This Mother's Day is going to be a memorable one for me. We have been wanting a second child for almost two years. This Mother's Day, we are announcing to our friends and family that we are expecting our second baby due this Christmas!

Mia
Mia

My 1st Mother's Day to date is my most memorable. WOW! I'm a mom and the feeling I had holding my 8 month son in amazement & the overwhelming LOVE I have for him. I thank God every day that he blessed me with such a wonderful gift.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners
Christianne @ Little Page Turners

As a mom, I'm usually the one taking the pictures, but for mothers day a couple years ago my husband played photographer so I could get some pictures with my girls. We wandered among the daffodils and azaleas at the local botanical gardens for our informal photo shoot. It was a gorgeous day, a wonderful time as a family, and I love having the photos to document it.

Desiree H.
Desiree H.

I think my most memorable Mother's Day would have to be last year. My husband took myself, his mom and our three daughters out for lunch and on the way home, we decided to stop by a nature preserve we hadn't visited yet. I have terrible allergies in the spring and they're usually bad enough to keep me indoors. We had just planned to see some bison and we ended up getting lost on this 5 mile long trail! I was miserable and my husband felt so bad for getting us lost. It wasn't very fun at the time but I can sit back and laugh about it now. :)

Jared M
Jared M

My favorite mother's day was my wife's first mother's day as a mom (that made way more sense in my head but it looks confusing once I typed it). I hope I always remember the joy she had being a mother and to know that nothing will ever change that.