Scriptures in Mathew that inspire me to be a better mother (and person)

Posted on Jun 2 2013 - 7:00am by Markell

5scirpturesinmathew copyHey! Happy Sunday to all of you fabulous readers. As some of you may know, the first Sunday of every month, I, along with a few other bloggers, publish a post that has something to do with my faith. In the past, I have talked about the Atonement, conference, and how to have a peaceful home. I try hard to mix it up and talk about all different aspects of my beliefs, so this week I am going to talk a little about a few scriptures that have been meaningful to me lately.

I have a confession to make. I have never read the Bible. Not the whole thing anyway. I have always focused my scripture study on the Book of Mormon. I decided to make that reading the Bible my goal. My husband and I are reading the Old Testament and I am reading the New Testament.

Since I just started the New Testament, I just got through Mathew this week. While I was reading, there were a few scriptures that really stood out at me. I’m going to share them with you and  talk a little about why they stood out to me.

I just have to say that I really do love reading the scriptures. I love how each time I read, different things stick out to me. It’s like the book was written with me in mind, in every situation I happen to be in at the time. When I need encouragement, I find it. When I need to feel loved, I feel it. When I need answers, they are there. Isn’t that amazing?

Scripture One: Mathew 6:25 & 28 & 30-31

25: Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 

28: And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. 

30: Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 

31: Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed. 

This set of scriptures has been one of my favorites for a long time. It has helped me through a lot of things, and I know that the promise that is laid out in them is true. Christ says in these scriptures that our needs will be taken care of. We don’t need to worry about what we’re going to eat or what we’re going to wear. That will be taken care of if we just have faith. We have gone through some fairly poor times. I don’t shop for clothes unless I absolutely need them, and when I do, I pray before I go. I know that seems weird, but this scripture tells me that God cares about what I wear, and that He will take care of those needs for me. When I pray before I go shopping, I almost always find good deals. Granted, I only shop places like Goodwill, so it’s hard not to find a good deal.

Scripture Two: Mathew 15:11

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out the mouth, this defileth a man. 

When I read this my mind went to some things that I had said earlier that day. I realized that it must be important to not gossip if Christ felt the need to mention it. I feel like this would be a good scripture to have memorized and bring to mind each time I want to say some not so nice things.

Scripture Three: Mathew 16:25

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it. 

This scripture has had a new meaning for me since having kids. Growing up I thought it had something to do with if you were killed defending God that you would be saved or something like that. I realize now that there are many ways to lose your life without ever coming close to death. You lose your” life” when you choose to be a stay at home mom. You lose your “life” when you volunteer your time to help others. You lose your “life” when you make unselfish choices that will better your family instead of making “me” choices. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom, and I love that I am able to stay home, but I realize that I had to give things up to do this. I had always planned on going to film school or medical school or something awesome like that. Some days I feel like I “lost” that life. But when I read this scripture, I remember. I remember that raising kids is what I believe this life is about. I realize that spending time helping others and building God’s kingdom is what is going to give me the most happiness in the long run. By choosing to “lose” my life, I find more happiness and joy then I would ever find leading a life centered on myself.

Scripture Four: Mathew 18:1-5

1. At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2. And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 

3. And said, verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 

4. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 

5. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 

This one really calls to my motherhood genes. It makes me think about how amazing it is that I have this opportunity to raise children. Jesus said we need to be like little children. What a better way to become like children than to be with children, to watch children, to be taught by children. My kids are little, the oldest is just starting to really talk, but I have already learned so much from them. I have learned patience, selflessness, tolerance, self-discipline, and I have learned how to love more than I ever thought was possible. I am learning so much from my children, this scripture helps me realize that what I now need to do is learn to become like them. I need to be humble, faithful, teachable, and I need to learn to love without exception, like my children do.

This scripture also gives me great encouragement. I love the last verse. Whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. It helps me remember that being a mother is such a great and noble calling. 

Scripture Five: Mathew 21:22

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive 

I don’t think I even need to say why I love this scripture. Everything that we ask for, if we ask in faith, and believe that the prayer will be answered, we will receive. I don’t believe that means all our prayer are answered in the way that we would like, but that we will receive whatever thing we need.

I hope you all enjoyed these few scriptures that are meaningful to me right now. I’d love to hear about your favorite scriptures. When commenting, please keep in mind that it can be hard to share believes online for all to see.

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  1. dfgcdg June 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Those are some encouraging verses. Right now, I'm definitely relying on his promise to provide us with the things we need. I'm praying really hard for my house to sell, and I'm hoping others are praying with me concerning this matter.

    • amouseinmykitchen June 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Ah. Selling a house can be such a stressful thing. Especially since we don't know what God's plan is. But, I promise that your house will sell at exactly the right moment, and not a second too soon. Be patient, everything will work out. I'll pray for you 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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