With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Inspirational Quotes, Verses and Poems for Mother's Day

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Inspirational Quotes, Verses and Poems for Mother's Day

If you are a mom, about to become a mom, know a mom or have a mom, there is sure to be a quote or poem here that touches your heart or makes you smile.

If you scroll to the bottom of this post, I have included a beautiful song video from a new mom to her baby. The prayer she prays is just as relevant and fitting for a mom to pray for her child no matter their age. 

Motherhood: all love begins and ends there.
Robert Browning

A mother is your first friend, your best friend, you're forever friend. Unknown

Mothers hold her children's hands for a while, their hearts forever. Anonymous

If you have a mom, there is no where you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.
Robert Brault

A mother is someone who dreams great dreams for you but lets you chase the dreams you have for yourself and loves you just the same. Anonymous

Mother's Arms are made of tenderness, and sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein.
Victor Hugo

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my mother.
Abraham Lincoln

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. Tenneva Jordan

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

I remember my mothers prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Abraham Lincoln

As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.
Ruth Bill Graham

Once upon a memory someone wiped away a tear, held me close And loved me, thank you, mother dear.
Author unknown

Elbows on my Bed
Author Unknown

I was but a youth and thoughtless, As all youths are apt to be;
Though I had a Christian mother Who had taught me carefully.

There came a time when pleasure, Of the world came to allure,
And I no more sought the guidance, Of her love so good and pure.

Her tender admonitions fell But lightly on my ear,
And for the gentle warnings I felt an inward sneer.

But mother would not yield her boy To Satan's sinful sway,
And though I spurned her counsel She knew a better way.

She made my room an altar, A place of secret prayer,
And there she took her burden And left it in His care.

And morning, noon and evening By that humble bedside low,
She sought the aid of Him who Understands a mother's woe.

And I went my way unheeding, Careless of the life I led,
Until one day I noticed Prints of elbows on my bed.

Then I saw that she had been there Praying for her wayward boy,
Who for love of worldly pleasure Would her peace of mind destroy.

Long the conflict raged within me, Sin against my mother's prayers,
Sin must yield - for Mother never While she daily met Him there.

And her constant love and patience Were like coals upon my head,
Together with the imprints Of her elbows on my bed.

And so at last the fight was won, And I to Christ was led,
And mother's prayers were answered By her elbows on my bed.

A Mother’s Love

Whose is the heart that burst with pride each time she sees your face.
Whose are the eyes that dart about, to check your world is safe.
Whose are the arms that wrap you up and hold you tight and close.
Whose is the love that’s always there whenever you need it most.

Whose is the smile that lights the room when you smiling too
Whose shoulder is the place to be, when only a cuddle will do.
Whose chest is warm and comforting when you’re a weary soul
Whose motivation only has your happiness as her goal.

Whose are the tears that cry for you as you grow old and free
Whose is the heart that aches so much, in the space where you should be.
Whose is the head that knows that you must find your path alone
Whose is the voice who welcomes you each time you go back home.

Who could have so many facets that make her oh so great
Who has you on her mind each day, and today we celebrate.
Whose hands hold and guide you, in a way unlike another
All these are part and parcel of the joys of being a mother.

A mother laughs our laughter:
sheds our tears,
fear our fears.
She lives our joys.
Cares our cares, and
all our hopes and
dreams she shares.


The bravest battle that ever was fought!
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not;
'Twas fought by the mothers of men.

Nay not with the cannon of battle-shot,
With a sword or noble pen;
Nay, not with eloquent words or thought
From mouth of wonderful men!

But deep in a walled-up woman's heart 
Of a woman that would not yield,
But bravely, silently bore her part
Lo, there is the battlefield!

No marshalling troops, no bivouac song,
No banner to gleam and wave;
But oh! those battles, they last so long --
From babyhood to the grave.

Yet, faithful still as a bridge of stars,
She fights in her walled-up town
Fights on and on in her endless wars
Then silent, unseen, goes down.

Oh, ye with banners and battle-shot,
And soldiers to shout and praise!
I tell you the kingliest victories fought
Were fought in those silent ways.

O spotless woman in a world of shame,
With splendid and silent scorn,
Go back to God as white as you came
The Kingliest warrior born!
by Joaquin Miller

A Mother's Prayer (Hannah's Song)
lyrics by Rachel Aldous 
My sweet baby on loan from above. 
No better treasure could I more love. 
I stand here beside your bed as I pray 
I lay my hand on your head and I say: 

May you grow up to serve Him 
All of your days. 
May He lead you and guide you 
In all of your ways. 
May His hand bless your future with 
Friendships that last. 
May you cherish your youth 
And not grow up too fast 

I stare in wonder at your tiny frame. 
Just to think that God knows you by name. 
He knows every hair on your beautiful head. 
He knows your thoughts before they are said. 

May you grow up to serve Him 
All of your days 
May He lead you and guide you 
In all of your ways. 
May His Hand bless your future with 
Friendships that last. 
May you cherish your youth 
And not grow up too fast. 

May God grant you peace 
In the midst of a storm. 
May God give you strength even 
When you’re forlorn. 
May you answer the door when 
Jesus comes knocking. 
May wisdom guide when 
Your mouth is talking. 
May discretion protect you 
And keep you pure. 
May you never stumble 
Or fall for a lure. 
May your heart remain humble 
To the very end. 
May uprightness and truth 
Be what you defend. 
May the world not ensnare 
Or change who you are. 
May the light that's within you 
Shine like the stars. 
May angels surround you 
Body, spirit, mind. 
May favor and peace be yours to find. 
May rejection and pain 
Never reach you. 
May your spirit grow bold 
For what you’re called to. 

As you rest in God’s care I will rest, too. 
Knowing that Jesus is watching over you. 



Mildred said...

I had you on my heart today. I miss hearing from you. May the Lord richly bless you this Mother's Day. xo

Ann Thompson said...

Wonderful mothers day post. Hope you had a great mothers day

NanaDiana said...

A truly beautiful post, Lorraine. I knew several of these but some were completely new to me. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day- xo Diana

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful words. One of my favorite early memories is of Mother rocking me in her squeaky platform rocker. God bless you.

Susan said...

That was a most beautiful post, LDH. And that song is just heart-rendering. Had not heard that before. Hope our Mother's Day was truly blessed. Susan

handmade by amalia said...

Beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful mother's day.

Sherry said...

A beautiful post that spoke to my heart though my baby is now forty years old. My prayer has and always will be that God will help him guard his heart. Thank you for this beautiful post.


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