Mothers and infants do an enormous amount of touching. The first emotional comfort, touching and being touched by our mother, remains the ultimate memory of selfless love, which stays with us life long.
A Natural History of the Senses
Louisa May Alcott
Mothers can forgive anything! Tell me all, and be sure that I will never let you go, though the whole world should turn from you.
“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”
If God is our father, the church is our mother.
No calling is greater, nobler, or more fulfilling than that of motherhood.
As a mother you learn what it is to be both martyr and devil. In motherhood I have experienced myself as both more virtuous and more terrible, and more implicated too in the world’s virtue and terror, than I would from the anonymity of childlessness have thought possible.
A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother (New York: Picador, 2002), 8.
With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.
Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.
Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.
Mothering or nurturing is not just a calling for women who have biological or adopted children. Mothering is a calling for all women. Every Christian woman is called to the spiritual motherhood of making disciples of all nations.”
Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God
Mrs. George (Amy Poehler)
“I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.”
Mean Girls, 2004.
Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.
“There’s nothing like your mother’s sympathetic voice to make you want to burst into tears.”
Confessions of a Shopaholic
If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
Mother o’ Mine
All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.
Edgar Allen Poe
The angels, whispering to one another
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother”
To My Mother
Being a mom means never buying the right amount of produce. Either everyone suddenly loves grapes and a week’s worth are eaten in one afternoon, or fruit flies are congregating around my rotting bananas.
Lessons from the Minivan
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
Motherhood is a million little moments that God weaves together with grace, redemption, laughter, tears, and most of all, love.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Suppose we admitted for the sake of argument that motherhood was powerful.
“Martha’s Diary and Mine,” Journal of Women’s History 4, no. 2 (1992): 159.
I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England.
The Christian mom doesn’t love Jesus instead of loving her children; she loves Jesus by loving her children.
Jesus taught that providing shelter for the shelterless, food for the hungry, and clothing for the naked are sacred acts. They’re also the hallmark activities of mothering. When we do them from the right motive for those in our homes, it’s as if we’ve done them for Christ himself (Matt. 25:31–45)
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