15 Verses For When You Feel Like A Failure As a Mom

Have you ever cried out the words “Help me Lord, why am I such a failure as a mom?”

Do you count how many times you raised your voice during the day? Do you feel immense pressure to get it all done: raising the kids, cleaning the house, taking time for your own personal growth? The list threatens to overwhelm you with feelings of failure and inadequacy. Most of the time, something falls short. Then you feel shame and regret immediately after. 

The fact is that God loves you no matter what, and by His grace, each day you get a do-over. 

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Biblical Truth When You Feel Like a Failure

Motherhood is hard. And try as we might, we cannot do it by our own power.

Early on in my simultaneous newborn and toddler stage, I was looking for worldly advice on how to manage it all. I would scroll through Instagram and Google for hours on end trying to find an answer. This made me more anxious. 

One morning I was on my knees crying, asking God why this was so hard. And he comforted me in that moment and told me to turn to Him and His Word. 

Our strength comes from God. Allow His grace and love to wash over you. Every single morning is a chance to start again fresh with new mercies. 

If you are tired, worn out or weary, come to Jesus. Read these Bible verses and call upon His Name.

Psalm 73:26

You may fail but God will strengthen your heart

Philippians 3:13-14

You can forget your past and reach for what is ahead. Pursue Jesus in all that you do. He has the power to overcome every battle you face here on earth. 

John 15:16

God has appointed you to be the mother of your children. You can love them and tell them about God. 

Bible Verses for Struggling Moms

The way to freedom is through Jesus on the cross. There is no condemnation in Christ. 

You are enough because Jesus is enough. His compassion and love never end or fail us. You are not alone.

Lamentations 3:22-23

Even if you yell, there is always a chance to start again. You will have plenty of opportunities to be kind and empathetic when your toddler pushes your buttons, to kiss the ouchies and take time to be present. The Lord is with you and wants a better tomorrow for you. 

2 Corinthians 12:9

God will provide everything you need in times of struggle. He is able to cause grace to overflow because it is made perfect in our weakness. Despite your troubles God will help you. Continue to do the work and allow God’s grace to empower you. 

Hebrews 10:35-36

If we patiently endure through the many struggles of motherhood, we will receive all that God has promised. You can have faith that God has something good in store for your future. You can press forward because God has got your back and will speak truth over you.

 Scripture for Dealing with a Difficult Child

The devil wants you to feel awful and go into the dangerous negative cycle of feeling like a failure. He wants you to feel horrible about having a difficult day with your child(ren). Don’t let Him win when you are at the end of your rope – exhausted and weary. 

Don’t give up hope. God promises that his Word will never turn void. He has promised that He will complete a good work in you and your children. Take your armor of faith and fight for your child. Fight on your knees and let God hear your battle cry.

Matthew 7:24-27

God does not condemn but uplifts. He will remind you that you are not a bad mom and your kid is not a bad kid. Don’t let the inner critic keep you from the joy that it is to raise your kids. Have confidence in the abilities that God has given you to be the mom your kids need. 

James 1:12

You can face hardship and difficulties with your children in a godly way. This situation is a call to action to dive deeper into your relationship with God. Hear his Word and allow Him to direct you on how to put it into practice. 

Ecclesiastes 3:1

God has arranged every single detail of our lives in each season. We can rest in the fact that He will never leave us. You can have confidence in knowing God’s plan is always good. 

Romans 8:31

God is with you and for you. Nothing can set you apart from his love. God’s love gives us the courage and wisdom to deal with difficulties with our child(ren). Our children are precious gifts from God. His Word gives us powerful verses to pray over ourselves and our children. 

Psalm 32:8

God will instruct and teach you in His ways. He will give you counsel when you seek Him. 

Psalm 37:24

Though you might fail, you do not have to worry. The Lord will hold your hand and never abandon you. 

Biblical Encouragement for Motherhood

The fact is that we all fall short of the glory of God, While perfection would be nice, God is our example of the perfect parent. You are his child and you are deeply loved. He sees you and knows your deepest feelings of failure. 

He sent His One and Only Son to die on the cross so you no longer feel like you have to measure up. He died for your failure. You are enough because God’s grace is enough. 

Matthew 7:11

While human parents know how to give their children good gifts, by comparison, the Heavenly Father can do abundantly more. You can ask God for what you need and know that he will respond with faithfulness and generosity. 

Galatians 6:9

God tells us to never give up. Pursue on in good works because they reflect the love of God and will be rewarded. 

Ephesians 1:18

We have hope that one day we will no longer struggle. Jesus will return and we will experience the fullness of our salvation. 

Prayer for When You Feel Like a Failure

We must take time in fellowship with God, humbly before Him, pouring out our hearts and being silent enough to listen to Him. You can bring your cares and worries before the Father

“Dear Lord, I am exhausted and weary. I have raised my voice more than I would like to. Help me to turn to you for wisdom and guidance. Help me to be the mom you have designed me to be. I need you, Lord. I want to honor you in everything I do and bring glory to your Name.”

Mama, let these truths wash over you. Mama, you are the only one for your children. Your unconditional love goes unmatched.

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