7 Inspirational Bible Verses for Working Mothers (who would rather be at home)

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It’s a tough decision for a mother to leave the home for a part-time or full-time job. There will be many days she is walking or driving away from home with a heavy heart. Yet the Lord is with the mothers who long to be home but can’t because of their circumstances. He is available to comfort, give wisdom, and peace to His precious daughters. Working mothers (who have to leave the home) can take strength from the following 7 inspirational Bible verses:

Strive towards contentment

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13).

For a mother who prefers to stay at home and has to work outside the home—there may be great temptation for discontentment. This is especially true if our family and friends are able to stay at home. However, knowing that God is in control and can make this season of our lives turn for good, we can experience true contentment in our spirits.

... knowing that God is in control and can make this season of our lives turn for good.

… knowing that God is in control and can make this season of our lives turn for good.

Learn to trust

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).

Trusting in God is the foundation for every believer who finds themselves in circumstances they didn’t choose. When mothers learn to trust in God to take care of our families while we are apart, we grow in our faith and He can use us to do great things for the kingdom. To trust in God will take time, but little by little we will see Him work the miraculous on our behalf.

Do everything without complaining

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life” (Philippians 2:14-16).

Grumbling and discontentment go hand in hand. Persevering through this season without complaining shows God, our family, and the world how bright the light of Christ is within us. We recognize that our situation could be worse, so we must discipline ourselves to resist complaining in the midst of God being a blessing to our family.

Be strong and courageous

“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” (Joshua 1:9).

Satan will tempt us with fearful thoughts about everything that could go wrong. However as soldiers in God’s army, we can stand fearless and courageous knowing that God is in control and encamps His angels around our children as we pray for them. A spirit-filled, fearless mother models unrelenting faith in God and prepares her children to deal with the world in the same manner.

Work as unto God

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Whether a mother works in or outside the home, we are still expected to work as to God. Our ultimate goal is to please God with all the work we do. By keeping in mind that God is watching and blessing us, we can take great peace and strength to accomplish many tasks above and beyond the expectations of others.

Keep your focus on God

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1). 

It’s easy to get distracted when so many hours of the day are outside the home. The lure of making more money or pleasing man can become a temptation. However, remaining focused on God’s purpose and plan for the family will help us resist the efforts of Satan, the world, and the flesh that attempt to pull us away from the cares of our families. Our focus is solidified in Christ when we commit ourselves to daily prayer and Bible reading. 

Strive towards your calling

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). 

Only those efforts focused on Christ will last throughout eternity. In a season—work will be done, children will grow up, and eternity will be found. As mothers we are on this earth for a short period of time to accomplish God’s will in our lives. Our calling is accomplished no matter where we find ourselves every day—in or outside the home.

Spirit of a Mother

God gives the Holy Spirit to every mother who submits to Him and through Him gives her great strength and grace to endure in difficult times. When she puts all her trust and care into God’s mighty hands, she will have everything necessary to raise godly children in the midst of a wicked culture. Her work outside the home will be blessed and fruitful because of the hand of the Lord on her life.

Resource – New International Version Bible, The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblca, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Arold @ Living for Jesus April 7, 2015 at 9:16 am

Unfortunately, we’re living into a time where financial obligations have undermined that awesome responsibility mothers have to be at home raising their children. In this case, it’s not an option for many. And society doesn’t seem to be uplifting those who choose to stay home because it’s not in line with how things are being conducted in this busy world.

If you can do it, it’s an excellent thing to do in order to make sure that you raise your kids the right manner by giving them your time.


Pamela Rose Williams April 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Hi Arold, I love this article by Crystal and I quite agree with you. Many years ago when my children were young the best decision my husband and I made was to have me quit my job outside of the home to be home with the children. I have never regretted it and thank the Lord for prompting us to trust Him to make it happen. I realize not every woman has a choice to stay home with the children, and for this I am very sad.

Thanks for stopping by again to post your comment.


JW November 10, 2015 at 8:02 am

This was so encouraging – thank you! As a new working Mother I’ve really strruggled not being at home with my baby, but thankfully I get to take him with me as I babysit. Some days are so tough & it’s so good to have verses I can write down & preach truth to myself throughout the day! Thank you!


Roseline March 3, 2016 at 6:45 am

Indeed this is a beautiful one. I have by the Grace of God raised 3 boys during the last 17 years, working full time and majority of the time, my husband was working away from home. It was very tough, but my faith was totally 100% in the help of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I was also actively involved in Church Services and that also helped. Yes, the Bible Scriptures indeed help us as mothers and wives and children of God every step of the way.

Thank you for this beautiful one.


Wendy August 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

Thank you for this excellent article!! I am a full time working mother and when my maternity leave was over, I struggled to accept the fact that I had to return to work. It’s been 5 years and with the help of many of the scriptures you mentioned, I was able to get through the sadness and guilt. Some of us don’t have a choice because we must work to support our families.


NewMom2B January 11, 2018 at 10:08 am

Thank you for this resource!

I am an up-and-coming new mother. wWhere I thought I had the support of my spouse to quit my job upon the arrival of my first born; I find I am instead met with a degree of apprehension for a number of reasons.

Admittedly, the thought of returning to work after less that 2 or 3 months of leave is daunting because I know what I would like to be able to do on a daily basis as a full time mom for my child.

Sure, moms everywhere are being superwoman and managing a healthy work life balance but I know I’m going to fall in love and I’d like to be able to protect my little one from worldly exposure for as long as possible you know! I want to see all milestones conquered in real time as they are experienced by my little one!

Anywho, the Lord is definitely my guide and the source of my strength so, I anticipate Him helping me through the coming months of my child’s anticipated arrival, my personal recovery and bonding experience, as well as my return to work thereafter… regardless of the outcome, my child will have all needs and wants met with sufficient provision!


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