Feeling Defeated as a Single Mom
Everyone feels defeated at times. Those times when it feels like you can’t get back up. As a single mom, it can be even
more defeating. And lonely. The overwhelm can begin to overtake you.
But then you hear your children fight, or a child cries and you’re temporarily thrown out of self-pity and you remember, you are a mom. And as a single mom, you don’t have anyone to fall back on. So instead of falling into despair, you just go through your days in defeat. Not giving yourself or your children the best of you.
Note: this information does not refer to clinical depression, for which you should see a medical professional.
Although we should always be in God’s Word, for some reason it can be harder during these times when we really need him. We may not know where to turn. If you need some extra encouragement right now, I invite you to spend the next 30 days meditating on these 30 encouraging scriptures for moms. Take one a day. You can journal about it or print them all out from the resource library and hang them up for inspiration each day of the month!
A Note on the Different Versions
Each of these verses has special meaning for me. They were all highlighted in my Bible App when I was going through difficult times during my single parenthood journey. During these times, I used various guides and Bibles. That explains why there is a large range of versions below. These specific verses gave me hope, encouragement, and strength.
30 Encouraging Scriptures for Moms
From the Old Testament
Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV: To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Isaiah 41:13 NCV: I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, and I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’
Isaiah 43:1 NIV: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Isaiah 54:17 NIV: no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 33:3 NIV: Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
Job 11:13 NCV: You must give your whole heart to him and hold out your hands to him for help.
Job 5:9 NCV: God does wonders that cannot be understood; he does so many miracles they cannot be counted.
Joshua 1:9 NIV: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Leviticus 19:18 NCV: Forget about the wrong things people do to you and do not try to get even. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. I am the Lord.
From the Psalms
Psalm 16:5 NCV: No, the Lord is all I need. He takes care of me.
Psalm 23:1 NIV: The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
Psalm 37:7 NIV: Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Psalm 5:3 NIV: In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Psalm 63:6 NIV: On my bed, I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
Psalm 71:14 CEVUS06: As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
From the New Testament
2 Corinthians 12:9 NCV: But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.” So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV: May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always and in every way.
Ephesians 1:4 NIV: For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
James 1:2-4 NIV: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:5-6 NIV: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
John 15:16 NCV: You did not choose me; I chose you. And I gave you this work: to go and produce fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you anything you ask for in my name.
Luke 1:37 NIV: For no word from God will ever fail.
Luke 8:17 NIV: For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
Matthew 11:28 NIV: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 19:26 NCV: Jesus looked at them and said, “For people this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
Philippians 1:6 NIV: Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 NIV: And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6 NCV: Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.
More Encouraging Scriptures for Moms
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