Melanie Roach is a mother of three who weighs just 117 pounds, yet can press more than 220 pounds over her head. She definitely qualifies as a strong mom.
Jill Martin, mother of 10 (including eight special needs children she and her husband adopted), homeschools and works the farm that supports her family. She is a strong mom.
Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, followed her son, even across international borders, in an effort to bring him to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Monica was a strong mom.
What it Means to Be a Strong Mom
Strength can be defined as might, ability, or authority. But we don’t have to choose. We can be strong moms by each of these definitions.
One of my friends reached into the back seat of her car to maneuver a car seat and injured her back. Bouts of pain from that injury frequently left her bedridden over the years. It wasn’t until she began strength training that she was able to eliminate her back pain completely.
Strength training has these powerful benefits:
- can give us the ability to carry kids, grandkids, and even groceries without injury
- prevents the debilitating effects of osteoporosis
- keeps us looking and feeling younger
- reshapes the body
- prevents weight gain
- reduces the pain of arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and more
- promotes better blood glucose control
- provides an energy boost
- improves mood
To be a mighty mom when we don’t have a physical job, we need strength training! If you are new to strength training, I recommend Heather Bowen’s fitness program for homeschooling moms. You can have an introduction to safely performing exercises as well as the support of a group of moms who is also beginning a strength training program.
If you have lifted weights in the past and need a program that will give you excellent results, I highly recommend Body for Life. I have been weight training for over 25 years and even though I am 50, I feel much younger. I feel like a mighty mom who is giving myself the best opportunity to stay healthy and care for my family.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
As a homeschooling mother of six, I often hear from other moms that they would never be able to homeschool and they would never be able to have so many children. I used to feel that way too. In fact, I didn’t think I could keep homeschooling when I started because I was so disorganized. I was also too impatient to have any more than the three kids I already had, or so I thought.
But I had a calling, not just a notion to try homeschooling. God supplied me with the wisdom I needed to create routines in my home. He gave me the grace and such a love for my children that my impatience slowly gave way to more peace. The truth is, I don’t know how I have successfully graduated two students, found time to write and speak, and have been able to maintain a happy marriage and family life to boot. This disorganized, distracted, got-to-have-fun girl could never have done it alone.
If you don’t feel like a strong mom, that’s a great place to start. I didn’t feel organized, patient, or at all strong enough to do what God had called me to do. I had to pray and depend on him. As a result, I can take no credit for anything that has happened in my mothering. I do not have a five-step plan for motherhood strength because I honestly don’t know how God used such a weak woman as I am.
My mother-in-law was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s when I had my third child. I felt completely overwhelmed at having three children, ages three and under. In a rare lucid moment, this woman and mother of six told me that if she could do it, I could too. That’s exactly how I feel about you, mom. If God can do it through me, He can do it through you.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10
God has put every mother in a position of authority. This is not just for mothers of young children. Instead, we hold a lifelong position of authority in our children’s lives. Our children are called to honor and obey us. Because we have a position of authority, we have a direct line to a higher authority.
Monica beseeched the Lord as she saw her prodigal son move further and further away from God. She knew she could boldly step before the throne and ask for her child’s salvation because our heavenly Father’s goal for our kids is one and the same.
When I saw one of my own children wandering away from the faith, I was so fearful. I forgot my position of authority. God will listen to our prayers on behalf of our children because of our position in Christ. He knows that we are not able to save our children's souls. That's His job. Click To TweetOur job is to train them up in the way they should go, to love them as only a mother can, and to model faith in God. All of the rest is up to Him.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We can be mighty, able, authoritative moms. We are weak, yet He makes us strong. Add some strength training to your routine. Invite a mom friend to work out with you. Trust God for the strength and ability to accomplish the work He has given you to do. Pray daily for your children’s salvation as one who has authority and never, ever give up on them.
May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might. Colossians 1:11
Which of these areas of strength do you struggle with most?
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