Mothers play a very important role in our lives. They are the anointed woman. They are the bond that holds our families, our churches and our communities together. Mothers are anointed to nurture us into our kingdom purpose. The bible encourages us to honour our mothers daily. So, we honour and celebrate all the women who lead us by the fruits of their spirit, and teach us to delight in the Lord.
Throughout the Bible we are given examples of great. Here are three mothers who lived in the fullness of their anointing for the kingdoms sake. The love for their children and their obedience to God left a great and victorious legacy.
Patience: Hannah – A Mother Who Waited
But the seed on the good ground are those who, having heard the word, keep it in an honest and good heart and bear fruits with patience – Luke 8:15 (MEV)
Hannah was a mother whose patience in The LORD resulted in the fullness of His WORD. She was barren and unable to have children. Her husband’s second wife Peninnah who had children, would mock and taunt Hannah. Peninnah saw that Hannah had the love of their husband Elkanah.
As Hannah was bitterly crying and praying at the temple doors, Prophet Eli saw her pain and said to her “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant you your request that you have asked of Him.” (1 Samuel 1:17). Hannah received The WORD and was no longer said. She became pregnant with a son and named him Samuel. After Samuel was weaned, Hannah returned him to Prophet Eli as a servant of The LORD. She kept her covenant with God, and God kept His with her.
Gloria Copeland writes in her book Walking In The Fruit of the Spirit:
Patience is the force that gives you strength to overcome…it enables you to wait in faith without wavering because it never gives up. It keeps believing God without considering symptoms of the passage of time. Patience if often the key to receiving a miracle.
Patience is faith’s power twin. Like Hannah, waiting in faith, will result in victory in your family.
Meekness: Jochebed – A Mother With a Plan
Now the man Moses was very meek (gentle, kind, and humble) or above all the men on the face of the earth – Numbers 12:3 (AMPC)
Meekness is a powerhouse force of the spirit. Meekness is defined in the dictionary as “humbly patient under provocation from others…submissive…gentle and kind.” There is no greater provocation than the threat of death placed on your child, to which Jochebed overcame victoriously.
As the Hebrew population in Egypt continued to grow a new pharaoh who had no obligation to honour Joseph’s special arrangement for the Israelites, passed a decree to throw all Hebrew baby boys into the river. Jochebed had a baby boy she couldn’t hide anymore. So, she wove a basket made of bulrushes and coated it with tar to water proof it. She put her baby in the basket, and set it down the Nile where the pharaoh’s daughter would be.
The Legacy of Meekness
Jochebed instructed her daughter to remain by the river to keep an eye on the basket. When the pharaoh’s daughter found the baby she felt compassion because she knew the baby boy was Hebrew, and asked for a wet nurse. Jochebed’s daughter spoke up and said “shall I go and call for you a nursing woman of the Hebrew women so that she may nurse the child for you?” (Exodus 2:7, MEV). She brought Jochebed to the pharaoh’s daughter, and she offered to pay Jochebed to be the baby boy’s wet nurse until he no longer needed one.
When he was old enough, Jochebed brought him before the pharaoh’s daughter where he became her son, and she called his name Moses and said, “because I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:10, MEV).
Jochebed’s meekness made her an overcomer. Gloria writes about meekness saying:
Meekness is essential to the making of an overcomer. When we think of what it takes to be victorious, meekness should be one of the first things that comes to mind!
Meekness isn’t weakness, it’s strength! Although meekness is gentle and patient, it doesn’t just lie down and play dead when confronted with evil.
Faithfullness: Lydia – A Spiritual Mother of Strength
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised – Proverbs 31:30 (MEV)
Lydia was a woman who heard Paul preach the gospel in Philipi, and when The Lord opened her heart she received The WORD enthusiastically. The bible doesn’t go into great detail about Lydia, but what we can learn from this woman of faith, is that she must have had great influence over her household because her acceptance of The WORD resulted in the baptism of her entire household.
It is not clear if Lydia was a mother with biological children, but her testimony reminds us that women are called to be spiritual mothers. Spiritual motherhood extends beyond biological relationships and enters the spirit realm. It is the a place of influence where the seekers of the truth can delight in The Lord, and nurture others in their kingdom purpose. You may be a Spiritual mother or you may know a Spiritual mother. We want to honour her today with a gift: Spiritual Motherhood: Every Woman’s Call. Click the link to place your order today.
To help celebrate your mother this Mothers Day, we have prepared a quick and easy breakfast the whole family can enjoy preparing.