There are so many conflicting messages out there about motherhood. Are we supposed to stay at home? Are we supposed to be able to do it all? Or can we just be ourselves? In a culture that tells us we have to do it all, it’s hard to know who we’re supposed to be. But the Bible has a lot to say about authentic motherhood- and it’s not what you might expect.
So many of us understand that God created us uniquely, in fact we recite verses on our unique creation all the time, and yet, when it comes to being a mother, we quickly fall into the trap of guilt, comparison, and shame.
As someone who struggled with my choice to work outside of the home, I needed to be reminded constantly that God created me for this version of motherhood.
In this post, I want to share 15 bible verses about being unique that show us how important walking in your authentic motherhood story is. Being a mom is unique and special, and there is no single right way to do it. Mothers, you are amazing and beloved by God! You can rest in His strength as you seek to do your best for your family.
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What does authenticity in motherhood mean?
Authenticity by definition is “the quality of being truthful and not artificial, or the authenticity of a person’s feelings.”
When we are feeling guilt, shame, and comparison about our choices as mothers (stay-at-home vs working outside the home) often times these feelings are stemming from an issue deeper than our choice. When you feel like there is only one right way to do this motherhood thing it may mean we are looking out more than looking up to find our identity.
In motherhood that looks like embracing the story of motherhood that God has you walking. So often, we get caught up in seeing what others are doing, and honestly especially in the church it can feel like it is frowned upon to have purpose outside of the home.
I know this is how I felt. I almost coveted the stay at home mom and all that she was able to do, so much so that I nearly sacrificed all the God was doing for me, and my children by trying to model my life after this ideal.
Authentic motherhood is about truly pressing into what God calls you to and understanding that your story of motherhood is unique to you and your babies. Who God created you to be is a part of your children’s story, and embracing who you were made to be gives them strength to do the same.
What does the bible say about being made unique?
There are many verses in the bible that speak to the uniqueness and care that God used when creating you. While many of them speak to you as a human and a special part of his creation, many can be used to encourage us when we are griped with mom guilt and insecurities about the choices we make as a mom.
My prayer is these verses will be an encouragement to you as you walk this journey of understanding how uniquely made you are!
Isaiah 64:8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
In this bible verse about being unique we are reminded that we are formed by God. At initial glance we can gloss over this verse, but when we truly take in the magnitude of what this verse is saying, we are blown away. The creator of the entire universe crafted you. Much like a potter is intentional about every part of the pots that they make!
Each one is made for a purpose, and the way it is built is built with that purpose in mind! So were you!
The LORD gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5
Know this, from before you were made, God knew you. He knew what was to come for you as he knit you together in your mother’s womb. He did the same for your babies. be encouraged in knowing that nothing about your choices takes God by surprise!
This is encouraging because if he knows what was to come, then pressing into him as you walk this motherhood journey can give us the guidance and encouragement to keep pressing forward.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
When you are connected to the voice of the Lord, you can be sure of the path you are on. It became so much easier for me to be confident in my choice to work as I pressed deeper into Him. As I listened for his voice, there was a peace that consistently rested on me as I walked in the path that he set before me.
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That included the choices I make in my motherhood journey.
You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother. I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this. Psalm 139:13-14
This voice is encouraging because it acts as a praise and strengthening affirmation when we are feeling the sting of comparison. When we stress about our choices and worry that what we feel led to do is wrong, we can get strength from the fact that we are knitted together by God and we were created amazingly.
We know that God does not make mistakes and that includes in his choice to make you who you are!
You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:73-74
If you have been struggling with the decision to work or the decision to stay home, perhaps you know you are supposed to make a decision, but struggle with taking the step of faith, let this bible verse about authenticity encourage you.
Understanding that God created you is the first step. The second? Asking God for strength to do the good works that he calls you to, in life AND in your motherhood journey.
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16
If you know that God gave you a gift, and wants you to use that gift outside the home, know that this was written in his book for you, AND in his book for your babies. Know that the plans that he has for your little ones may require them to see something that is authentic to your motherhood story!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
God created good and unique plans for each of us. He created us with purpose, to lead others to Christ, both inside the home AND outside the home. The gifts, and talents he gives were for us to be the literal hands and feet of Jesus on earth, and to bring glory to God.
There are many ways to do that within the home and outside the home! Be confident that God did not make a mistake when he created you.
He didn’t get writers block when he wrote your story.
You are uniquely made!
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Additional bible verses about being unique
Here are a few additional scriptures about being unique in the bible. Study and pray through each of these with one of our free printable prayer journal pages, and be encouraged that the path the Lord has you on is perfect!
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11
This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. 1 Corinthians 12:25-28
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:30
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8
How to live authentically?
So now that we have scriptures about being unique to encourage us along our most authentic motherhood journey, how do we actually proceed to be authentic? Well here are a simple steps that you can take to help you live out your motherhood journey more authentically.
Stop comparing yourself to others
The first thing you should do is stop comparing yourself to other moms. Remember, you were created uniquely, you were made for the good works God planned for you. Your motherhood journey is yours and yours alone.
If you want a bit more encouragement on comparing yourself to others, check out this interview I did with the Women Warrior Wives Podcast on comparison.
Let go of the mom guilt
Mom guilt is so prevalent in our society. There are so many unrealistic expectations that are placed on moms, and when we don’t meet them, the guilt sets in. We have to stop feeling guilty for the choices we make as mothers especially when those choices are made with the best intentions.
Press into the Lord and what he is calling you to do. Listen for his voice, then take the step of faith. When you know that you are walking in his purpose for your life, the guilt is no longer a factor.
Be confident in who God created you to be
Knowing who you are and whose you are can help you walk in authenticity. When you know that you are a child of God, a daughter of a king. Praying for confidence and trust in God can help you to grow in faith that God does not make mistakes!
Pray often for Encouragement
Sometimes even when we are completely prepared for the attacks on our identity, we still need encouragement for our motherhood journey, praying prayers of encouragement can help us reconnect and share our hearts with the Lord in our low times.
Spend quiet time with God
Being consistent with your quiet time with God is one of the most impactful things that we can do to live with more authenticity. When we sit at the feet of Jesus and learn more about him, we can begin to let go of the thoughts we have about ourselves and reset our focus on him. We can see that its all about him anyway. The details of what we do are less important and we focus more on bringing him glory.
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Your authentic motherhood journey is beautiful
The pressure to be the perfect mom is high, but being any kind of mother who loves her kids well will have a positive impact on their development. It’s important that you give your children an example of what it means to be themselves in all circumstances and not just when they are easy or convenient.
That doesn’t mean we don’t struggle with our choices at times, but by studying bible verses about being unique-even if you feel insecure about them-you can find encouragement for navigating through difficult parenting decisions like homeschooling, co-sleeping, attachment parenting, etc. Get more ideas for how to stay confident as a parent from our Divine Confidence journal!