It’s easy to think of Mary as the perfect mother because, well, she is. She is the mother of Jesus and was without sin. But that doesn’t mean she never went through difficult times as a mom! I used to think I couldn’t pray for her intercession because she was perfect and I was so imperfect. But I finally realized that I can turn to her in the messy moments of motherhood and she will give me the grace and strength I need to carry on!
She’s no stranger to difficulty in parenting—after all, she did lose Jesus in the Temple for three days! I never thought of it like that before, but all it took was one silly internet meme about that for me to realize that she still went through everyday parenting things with Jesus.
While I can’t imagine him having a toddler tantrum, I’m sure there were sleepless nights with teething or nursing around the clock when he was a baby. And beyond that, Mary is our spiritual mother and wants to help us through the messy, chaotic times too.
I really connected all of this when I did the Marian Consecration with the 33 Days To Morning Glory program. If you haven’t done it before, I’d highly encourage you to check it out!
Something that stuck out to me is that she helps make our crosses sweeter. So while we still will have endless amounts of dishes to wash or diapers to change, she gives us the grace to be able to bear them.
I’ve also started incorporating specific Marian prayers with mundane motherhood tasks throughout the day, like praying a decade of the rosary while folding the laundry. It is a powerful reminder to connect the messy moments of motherhood with the Divine and to remember that we can still find grace in the chaos.
If you’re looking for specific Marian prayers, make sure to check out this post with five powerful Marian prayers for moms.
And if you’re looking for some Biblical encouragement in your motherhood journey, I’ve put together this post with 25 Bible verses for moms that you can use as a starting place to dive into scripture.
Whatever you’re struggling with in motherhood right now, I want to encourage you to bring that to Our Lady and ask her to help you through it. Remember, you’re not alone and she is always with you!