Can I Be a Good Mother?

By Erin Smalley
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Girl thinking about God leading the steps of a mother

You may feel alone and far away from God, but He cares deeply for you – and He cares for your baby in the same way.

Becoming a mother is a lot of responsibility and results in a lot of changes in our lifestyles. If it was all up to you, then you’d have reason to worry!

But God promises to stay right by your side, helping you a step at a time. He will never leave you by yourself. You don’t have to do this by yourself.

Here are two important scriptures:

  • “All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, The Message) 
  • “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.” (Isaiah 43:1-2, The Message)

Mothers learn by taking baby steps, too, and God will help you each step of the way.

Today, you can make a choice that affirms life!

Even if you’ve had an abortion in the past, you have the option of making a different choice for this pregnancy, sparing your baby’s life and sparing yourself the additional hurt of another abortion.

It’s your story … and your baby’s story … the next chapter is up to you.

Did you know?

There are families who would gladly adopt your baby – even if your pregnancy is a result of rape or if your baby has a disability – if you are not ready to parent. However, if you are considering parenting this baby, there are people who will walk with you as you are making this decision.

Next Steps

  • Take good care of yourself. Make an appointment with a doctor right away to begin prenatal care. 
  • Make a plan for your baby that honors life. Being a good mother means making good plans for your baby, whether that’s parenting or choosing an adoptive family for your child.
  • Grow in your relationship with God. Find a church that teaches the Bible. Read His Word and ask God to help you understand what He is saying to you. 
  • Build a support system of women who know and trust God. Find a local church where they often offer groups such as MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) or a group for new moms.
  • Seek guidance concerning your future relationship with the baby’s father. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that you have to rush into getting married. Take your time in order to decide if this is the man you should marry.

Additional Helpful Information:

 

If you need further guidance and encouragement, Focus on the Family has a staff of licensed, professional Christian counselors available to talk with you at no charge. Just call 800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).

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