A mother’s care speaks of the goodness of God himself. She may be best placed to tell our own story – the uncertainties of the maternity ward, the wobbles of childhood, the tussle of youth. She may have taught us in the quiet of a bedroom how to finish life well. Mum, through you we have learnt of God’s nearness and love. We honour you.
Read Psalm 139:13-18. To help get a good understanding of the passage, try to describe what is happening or being said in your own words. Take a moment to reflect and note down what stands out as important, significant or meaningful to you. What does this passage tell us about God? What does this passage tell us about people? How does this passage change how we live?
1. Life can seem uncertain from the day a child is born. As a mother or as a child, what has God’s watchful care meant to you? Discuss.
2. Read Proverbs 4:23. The inclinations of our heart may be inherited by our children. What habits have you found most helpful to guard your heart for Jesus?
3. Read Ephesians 6:2-3. To honour your mother right now, recall one or two ways in which God has blessed you through her.
4. How has your mother’s care equipped you to care for others?
5. Read Psalm 116:5-7, 16. How has God underwritten your mistakes as a parent or a child?
6. Read Jeremiah 29:11-13. The final chapters for our families have not yet been written. As a mum or as a child, how can you apply this promise of God for your future?
Take some time to stop and thank God for the influence of your mother/parents and determine in your heart what are some non-negotiables that you will implement in your mothering/parenting strategy.