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25 Inspiring Mother’s Day Messages for Family and Friends

Every relationship is different, but you are here looking for inspiring Mother’s Day messages so that tells me you have a good one.  Maybe it is a perfect mother-daughter relationship (if there is such a thing) or maybe you lost your mom but God has blessed you with a mother-in-law who loves you like a daughter (or you were blessed enough to get two wonderful women in your life).  

Still yet, you might be here because you have a wonderful friend who has inspired you to be a better mother by her example and you want her to know how much she means to you.

No matter which of these brought you here, I hope your find what you are looking for in this round up of inspiring Mother’s day messages.  These are perfect to write in a card or send in a text.  I tried to keep them “unmushy” and practical but meaningful at the same time.

If you’ve had a bad experience with your mother or a mother type figure, you might be a little negative about the topic and I don’t blame you.  A mother represents love, security, someone who has your back and supports you no matter what.

God speaks of a mother’s love in Isaiah 49:15.

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb?  Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.”

This verse is actually very impactful.  Everyone has heard the expression “mama bear” or nodded knowingly at the photos of a lioness with her cubs simply challenging you to mess with them.  We have heard of the sacrificial love of mothers and how we regularly put ourselves aside to take care of our most prized possessions.

God not only takes that relationship and honors it, but He tells us that He loves us more.  If you’ve had a falling out with your mother or never had a mom to love you, know that God sees you.  He hears you and He loves you with a love that is far more powerful than the earthly love we imperfect beings pour into our children.

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What Should I Write in a Mother’s Day Card?

So, what should I write in a Mother’s Day card?  That’s tough, isn’t it?  Thank goodness we have Bible verses and the eloquence of others to quote from!  These inspiring Mother’s Day messages can help!

However, truth be told, you need only be yourself.  Sometimes less words are more and there is no need to flatter and embarrass.  Sweet and simple works perfectly most of the time.  Keep these things in mind when writing in a card:

  • Point out something you love or admire about the person.  “I love you because you taught me how to be kind to everyone”.
  • Use humor if that is your personality.  “I love you because you let me drop my laundry off.”
  • Allow scripture to speak for you and simply write a verse that shares your feelings.  Keep reading for suggestions.
  • Remember the personality you are speaking to.  Some of us are embarrassed by admiration while words of affirmation might be their love language.
  • Mean what you say.  Don’t say something because you think you have to.  
  • Don’t be afraid to use others as an example.  “Just as Ruth was loyal to Naomi, I will always honor our relationship as it means the world to me”. I have an entire series on mothers of the Bible for you to browse for inspiration if you need!

Mother’s Day Scriptures

No Mother’s Day messages would be complete without scripture. These verses speak of love, raising children, and the characteristics of a good woman and mother. The Bible tells us to honor our mothers which brings up a good point about actions speaking louder than words.  While you are praising her with your lips, be sure you honor her with your actions as well!

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; (Proverbs 1:8)

My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother… When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you. (Proverbs 6:20,22)

Children’s children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father. (Proverbs 17:6)

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Proverbs 31 was written by King Solomon who clearly honored and admired his mother.  He uses her as the muse for his proverb as he talks about what a godly woman is.  Women have long since aspired to be her or tried to fashion themselves after her.  

In some cases we might frown at her as unachievable or roll our eyes because she is impossible to live up to.  If this is you, don’t worry, you are not alone.  God works in our hearts and lives at a pace that is perfect and He will mold you into the woman He wants you to be.  Stay close to Him and you will look back on these days of annoyance at the perfect woman and smile.

She taught me an important lesson when I was grumbling about my many chores, particularly cooking (which I do not like).  Check out how she changed my attitude in “15 Bible Verses about Serving and How They Made Me a Better Mom”.

Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. (Proverbs 31:25-26)

Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: (Proverbs 31:28)

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:30-31)

Christian Quotes about Mother’s Day

Let’s include some quotes in these inspiring Mother’s Day messages 🙂

“Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” —Susan Gale

“A mother understands what a child does not say.” —Jewish proverb

“A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” —Unknown

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” —Unknown

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” —Erma Bombeck

“To the world, you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world.” —Unknown

How Do You Wish Someone a Happy Mother’s Day?

There is no hard-fast rule that says your sincere expression of love and appreciation has to have the word “mother” or “mother-in-law” in them.  You need only express how you view that person and why you are thankful for them.  

You can also bless them.  Scripture is full of blessings and praying goodwill and God’s love and grace over someone is a beautiful thing.

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Mother’s Day Message for Mother-in-Law

The best example of a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law relationship is that of Naomi and Ruth.  Naomi has left her homeland with her husband and two sons, but her life takes a tragic turn and she loses all three men in her life.  She is left alone and in deep sorrow.

She decides to return to her homeland.  Her daughters-in-law love her and wish to remain with her but she sends them away.  One of the young women returns to her family, but Ruth clings to Naomi and expresses one of the most endearing passages in scripture.

“Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17)

Other scriptures about mothers-in-law are a little less appropriate for writing in a card, but that does not mean you cannot allow God’s word to help you express your gratitude to her.  These verses speak of your admiration or contain a blessing.

the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—  that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children. (Titus 2:3-4)

 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,  (Philippians 1:3-4)

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’ (Numbers 6:24-26)

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

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Mother’s Day Message for Friends

I admire my mom friends. We are in the trenches together and I wouldn’t want to be on this parenting journey without them.  Whether we are problem-solving eating issues or teenage attitudes or sharing ideas, they are invaluable to me.  

If you have such a woman in your life, hug her tight and let her know how you feel!  Use these verses and quotes to share your thoughts.

A gracious woman retains honor. (Proverbs 11:16)

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine, In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants all around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord. (Psalm 128:1-4)

The wise woman builds her house. (Proverbs 14:1)

“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” —Cheryl Lacey Donovan

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.” —Unknown

I hope you have found what you are looking for in this round-up of inspiring Mother’s Day messages! Which one do you like the best? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Be sure to check out these other posts for more inspiring Mother’s Day messages.

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