Recently, my husband has been noting the different way a mom (me) approaches parenting versus a dad (him). He has his approach and I have mine. The truth is we do approach things differently. A mama’s heart is fiercely protective, nurturing and focused on the well-being of her cubs. It shows itself in the way this mama comforts, cares, and teaches.
This has shown itself in the last few months as we have pursued the best way to support our son’s health. I will research, analyze and pursue the best options with proven results. I tend to pursue treatments that don’t involve medication until it’s a last result. The dad version would move to medication sooner.
Men and women, moms and dads are created differently. I believe that God intended us to be different, yet we are all created in His image. God is fully male and female and we are all a mix of those characteristics. Yes, we all have feminine and masculine traits to different degrees. Yet, male and female are uniquely different.
Since we often use male pronouns in referring to God (self included), it’s easy to forget about the more feminine aspects of God. It’s easy to forget that I’m created with those characteristics. Living into those traits allows me to express God to others. It allows me to be fully who I’m created to be.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” … (Proverbs 31:25-30 ESV).
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3 ESV).
Scripture reminds shows us the mama heart of God. It shows us the intention placed within the feminine. Mother’s Day is a great time to pause and celebrate the special characteristics God gave women to bare most fully and uniquely in the world.
How does the mama’s heart show up for you? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.