Have you ever given Samson’s mama a second glance? Normally I just glaze right over the part about his unnamed mother and focus on the big story…Samson and Delilah.
I’m working on a manuscript which has caused me to look at moms in the Bible more closely. Samson’s mama has struck me as a normal, faithful woman. She’s someone I would want to hang out with. She is a woman living life unexpectedly.
She didn’t expect to be childless.
She didn’t expect the angel of the LORD to meet her in her quiet time.
She didn’t expect her blessed boy to choose a Philistine wife.
I love her story. It’s like mine.
I didn’t expect to go through infertility.
I didn’t expect God to speak so clearly regarding his plans for my family.
I didn’t expect my oldest to step off the expected path.
Here’s what Samson’s mom has taught me:
When I am suffering, God will show up.
When I am praying, God will show up.
When I am parenting, God will show up.
God is with me!
The Lord is my comforter. And…like Samson’s mom, I need to release my choke hold on my young adult. I must move out of the way and trust that God will “do his thing” with my child. My job is to love while speaking truth with grace, respect, and humility. Because…God is also with my kid!
Lisa Shaw, host of Women of the Roundtable, a podcast radio program, invited Julie Sanders, Dori Cook, and me to participate in a discussion about inspiring women of the Bible. Julie chose Phoebe. Dori picked Leah. And as you may have guessed, Samson’s unnamed mom was my gal!
For more on Samson’s mom read Judges 13-14. Samson’s story can be found in Judges 13-16.
Which woman (or man) of the Bible inspires You? I’d love to hear!
Faith, hope, and love,
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About the Author
Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.