5. Give her a date night.
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One way to assist the mother in your life is to offer to babysit her little ones. Oftentimes, mothers fail to ask for help with childcare because they don’t want to burden their friends. Yet, many marriages often suffer from not having personal time together. Whether you give her a gift card to a local restaurant or help her to secure a local teen to babysit, there are so many options for you to help her get out of the house and feel refreshed. For the single mothers, this can also be done by buying her a spa day or a gift card for a manicure. You can also be creative and grab a few treats and a basket for her to have a movie night at home. There are endless possibilities to let her know that you care about her mental health and her marriage (if applicable).
6. Listen to her.
Purposeful listening is a major aspect of effective communication. When we dedicate time to block out distractions to hear another person’s heart, we show that we value their opinion. Mothers may spend their days listening and caring for others, while having their needs disregarded. It is vital that she has a safe place to share without fear of judgment. In these intimate moments, giving advice is not the goal. Instead, allow her to share freely her joy and pains. Sadly, you may be the only person who’s willing to pause and let them know that their opinions matter. Whenever the opportunity arises to call her, text her or be in her presence, be quick to listen and respond with love and care.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” (James 1:19)
7. Pray for her.
Above all, pray for the mothers you encounter. Whether it’s a silent prayer as you pass the mother in the grocery store or a time of intentional prayer for the mom in your neighborhood who may be struggling, she needs your prayer. Studies have shown that motherhood plays a major role in how people will attach with their future spouses, interact with the world around them and feel secure. One study even suggests that one’s attachment to their mother can predict how close the child will feel to God.
This is a heavy weight for mothers to carry daily. Not only do they hold the role of chef, nurse, chauffeur, and advocate, but they are also seen as a vital piece of a child’s spiritual growth. We can make a choice to come alongside her and pray for her strength and wisdom as she raises her children. Prayer can bring the peace and answers that she needs and enlighten you on practical ways you can be of support. If you aren’t sure what to do to encourage her, just pause and pray!
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14)
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