Inspirational Quotes that Inspire Every Stay-at-Home Mama

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If you’re feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, under appreciated, or questioning your purpose as a mother- this is for you! This blog is packed with some of the best inspirational quotes that inspire every stay-at-home Mama, reminding you of your value, your purpose, and your eternal impact.

Deciding to forego six-figure incomes, corner offices, furthering education, or busting glass ceilings in order to be a full-time stay-at-home mom is often a dumbfounding concept in our culture. 

Managing a home and a family, pouring love and truth into our children, and putting our hand to something to simply make it our own has become somewhat of a dying art. 

The title “Mother” is currently seen as a secondary job title that ranks beneath minimum-wage paying day jobs.

Motherhood has been downgraded in our culture so much so that it is no longer even gender-specific, but real mothers know that is not true. 

Real Mamas still have some roar left in their lungs. 

Real Mamas, whether they work outside of the home or not, know that what is built within their four walls is what will have the greatest impact on our world. 

Those mundane chores, those monotonous tasks- the everyday ins and outs of real life- are building something greater than we can ever imagine. 

Motherhood is practiced on holy ground.

It is an eternal work.

A title earned and a calling that can and will change the world when we rise up to answer it. 

But so often we forget that. 

In the midnight feedings, diaper changes, and the two hundredth load of laundry for the week, we forget that this is all part of a bigger picture. 

A testimony is being written that will be engraved upon the hearts of great-great-grandchildren that we never have the privilege to meet. 

Let these inspirational quotes that inspire every stay-at-home mama encourage your heart.

Memorize them. 

Write them upon the walls of your home, and within the chambers of your heart. 

You were made for this task Mama, and choosing to stay home is a hard choice, but it is so worth it in the end. 

Motherhood is a beautiful, sacrificial, life-giving, and noble calling- embrace it. 

Quotes to Help SAHMs Fall in Love with Homemaking Once Again

Choosing to be a full-time stay-at-home Mama comes with a daunting new title, Homemaker.

Homemaking is completely different than simply cleaning a house. 

Homemaking is an art. 

It is an act of worship. 

As we rise, unfurl our aprons, and greet the new day of tending to our home and family- a symphony arises. A soft sound, a gentle fragrance rising up to our God in Heaven. 

As our hands press the dough, we thank Him for our daily bread. 

The polished sinks, the folded clothes, the busy mother with hair tied back- it is all singing a song of praise. 

A melody our mouths cannot utter, but our hearts and our hands know the tune so well. 

Homemaking is creating an atmosphere of peace, a refuge from the world outside. Our homes should be the most welcoming, most comforting, and overall best place we could be. 

These beautiful quotes are a gentle invitation to every stay-at-home Mama to fall in love with homemaking once again!

woman baking bread with J.R. Miller quote overlaid, inspirational quotes to inspire all stay at home mamas

The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.

-C.S. Lewis 

“I have found that there is romance in housework: and charm in it; and whimsy and humor without end. I have found that the housewife works hard, of course–but likes it. Most people who amount to anything do work hard, at whatever their job happens to be. The housewife’s job is home-making, and she is, in fact, ‘making the best of it’; making the best of it by bringing patience and loving care to her work; sympathy and understanding to her family; making the best of it by seeing all the fun in the day’s incidents and human relationships. The housewife realizes that home-making is an investment in happiness. It pays everyone enormous dividends. There are huge compensations for the actual labor involved…There are unhappy housewives, of course. But there are unhappy stenographers and editresses and concert singers. The housewife whose songs I sing as I go about my work, is the one who likes her job”

 -Majorie Kinnan Rawlings

“She must look upon her home as the one spot on earth, for which she is alone responsible, and which she must cultivate well for God.” 

-J.R. Miller

“No matter what’s happening in the world, have your tea, make your list, plan your food preparation, read to your children, wash the clothes, do something creative for everyone and be a light for your home.“

-Lydia Sherman 

“I believe that a godly home is a foretaste of heaven. Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.”

-Jani Ortlund
A mother braiding her daughter's hair with the quote, "the humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them" by Louisa Mae Alcott

“The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.”

-Louisa Mae Alcott, Little Women 

“Every day in each inch of space, each rhythm of time, each practice of love, we have the chance to join God in coming home, in living so that we make a home of this broken and beautiful world all over again. Love is enfleshed in the meals we make, the rooms we fill, the spaces in which we live and breathe and have our being.”

-Sally Clarkson: The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming

Want more encouragement on the joys of homemaking check out our blogs: Family Culture: Cultivating Culture Within Your Own Home and What is a Homemaker?

Inspirational Quotes for Finding Your Role in Motherhood as a Stay-at-Home Mom

Motherhood is a high calling and a noble office.  

The title of “Mother” is not owed to one simply for being a woman, but rather it is earned through tears, many prayers, compassion, and sympathy upon those who need you the most. 

Unfortunately, though, the title of “Mother” in our culture has become an afterthought. We are workers, diploma holders, and advocates first- and mothers last. 

But these next few quotes have been chosen specifically to flip that narrative on its head. Because being “just a mother”– though it is no doubt hard work-  is one of the best callings on earth. 

New moms and even well-seasoned moms often find themselves questioning their roles and the impact they are having on their families.

But when we find the joy- the unwavering, day in, day out, unshakable joy that even the enemy cannot steal away from us- that role becomes our passion, and our desire to succeed in it grows.

If you’ve been battling burnout, exhaustion, or all those voices that tell you “you aren’t enough” or you aren’t doing enough- here are some quotes to give you a different perspective! 

A mother kissing her son's cheek on the staircase, over laid with “There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.” 

 —Elder M. Russell Ballard

“There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.”

—Elder M. Russell Ballard

[27]She watches over the activities of her household,

And does not eat the bread of idleness. 

[28] Her children rise up and bless her;

Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:

[29]“Many daughters have done nobly,

But you excel them all.”

-Proverbs 31: 27-29

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The Sacrifices of Motherhood

Being a Mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had. 

-Linda Wooten

Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.

-John Steinbeck

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children. 

-Jessica Lange
wooden utensils in a kitchen apron pocket, with the quote "Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice" by -Wangechi Mutu

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”

-Jill Churchill 

Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice 

-Wangechi Mutu

(Of course following Jesus is the ultimate call to sacrifice, but motherhood calls us to abandon our flesh and our desires in much the same way.)

Rest easy, real mothers. The very fact that you worry about being a good mom means that you already are one. 

-Jodi Picoult

“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood – finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.”

-Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match 

 I think it’s a tough road if you’re a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, if you have a partner, if you don’t. It’s the best job in the world, and the toughest job in the world all at the same time.

Angela Kinsey
four sourdough sandwich loaves laid on the stovetop with the quote, “I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.” 

—Lance Conrad.

“I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.”

—Lance Conrad.

Check out our blog, Sacrificial Motherhood: A Life on the Altar.

Embracing the Beauty of Motherhood

A mother’s body remembers her babies-the folds of soft flesh, the softly furred scalp against her nose. Each child has it’s own entreaties to body and soul.

-Barbara Kingsolver 

“1. Motherhood is hard

2. Motherhood is glorious

3. Motherhood is hard” 

-Lisa Jo Baker, Surprised by Motherhood

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

Abraham Lincoln

“A mother continues to labor long after the baby is born.” 

Lisa Jo Baker, Surprised by Motherhood

Children are not a right, they are a privileged obligation.

– Laura Schlessinger
Baby swaddled in a wooden cradle, Lisa Jo Baker quote from Surprised by Motherhood  overlaid

“It is truth that climbs off the pages of Scripture and leaps alive in your arms when theoretical beliefs in a Creator give way to experiencing the act of creation.’ 

-Lisa Jo Baker, Surprised by Motherhood

“Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” 

-Maria Shriver

“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”

 — Cheryl Lacey Donovan

Finding Lasting Joy in Motherhood

To a child, there is no place more joyful than wrapped their mother’s arms. 

Mothers are our first and truest friend. They offer us the purest love this side of Heaven. 

Though there are hard days and hard seasons, choosing to find joy in motherhood is one of the best choices we can make.

If Motherhood is the most important work we ever do then shouldn’t we enjoy doing it?

“By trying to grab fulfillment everywhere, we find it nowhere.”  

Elisabeth Elliot 

“Everything if given to God can become your gateway to joy.”

 -Elisabeth Elliot
lotion bars, lavender, and a honey wand laid on a cutting board with Elisabeth Elliot quote, everything if given to God can become a gateway to joy

 “You are made in the image and likeness of God, and you have exactly what you need to be the mother that He wants you to be. Figure out what drives you and then let your kids shine within the atmosphere you create. Trying to be something you’re not, trying hard to provide your kids with the education that the blogger-next-door is giving hers will burn you out make you want to quit the whole project entirely.” 

-Sarah Mackenzie

“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”

-Elisabeth Elliot

“It doesn’t really matter if we have the most beautiful, carefully thought-out plan if there aren’t enough hours in the day to get to it. Look, if God expected you to get 36 hours worth of work done in a day, he would have given you 36 hours to do it. If you have more to do than time to do it in, the simple fact is this: some of what you are doing isn’t on His agenda for you.” 

-Sarah Mackenzie, Teaching from Rest 

Finding Purpose in Motherhood

There is no greater gift than giving yourself away- your energy, your time, and your sanity- to raise your children. 

Sometimes at the end of a long day, we look back and question what all we have done. 

Did we use our time wisely? 

Did we make an impact? 

Will our children remember our heartfelt apologies and warm embrace or only the moments we lifted our voices louder than we intended out of frustration? 

Sometimes in our moments of weakness- looking back over the day we’ve trudged through the enemy begins to whisper those lies. The ones that tell us someone else could do it better. Someone else could teach them better, love them more, or manage it all better than us. 

Is this really what we want to spend our entire life on- commit our entire being to- or is there something more purposeful we could be doing? 

Let these quotes remind you that there is so much purpose in motherhood and there is no greater work you could be doing. 

cut sourdough bread laid out on a wooden board with the inspirational quote "If you want to change the world, ho home and love your family." -Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa Famous Quote

In the words of Mother Teresa:

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

-Mother Teresa

Whatever grand truths are planted in the mother’s mind may take root in the next generation, and there grow, blossom, and shed their perfume on the world.

-Karen Andreola 

“She who does not make the world better for having lived in it has failed to be all that woman should be.”

-Karen Andreola

“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, training them up in God’s fear, minding the house and making your household a church for God as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of Hosts.”

-Charles Spurgeon

“It is so exhausting- sometimes even demoralizing- to realize that our work in raising up and teaching our children is never really done. But we must remember that we were never intended to finish it.” 

-Sarah Mackenzie, Teaching from Rest 

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

-Abraham Lincoln

“I will never be able to read my mothers favourite books without thinking of her – an when I pass them on or recommend them, I’ll know that some of what made her goes with them; that some of my mother will live on in those readers, readers who may be inspired to love the way loved and do their own version of what she did in the world.”

-Will Schwalbe

The Eternal Weight of Motherhood

“There’s eternity —where are you going to spend it? And don’t you want to start living eternal life right now? Because you can —you don’t have to die physically to be born again. We can belong to the Kingdom of Heaven right now —and it can make a difference.” 

― Lisa-Jo Baker, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom

Motherhood: The sacred marriage of the mundane and the eternal, the small directly related to the massive; kids walking around like so much eternity with skin on. 

-Lisa Jo Baker

If you were the President of the United States or the Queen of England – you couldn’t have a person who would be more protective than my mother was for me. Which meant really that I could dare to do all sorts of things.

-Maya Angelou

“But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.

Mitch Albom

“The most important gift you can give your child is to help them begin a walk of faith with the God of the universe. From the moment your children arrive in your home, you are teaching them how to see the world, what to consider important, what to seek, what to love. As a mother, you have the opportunity to form your home and family life in such a way that God’s reality comes alive to your children each day.”

-Sally Clarkson: 10 Gifts of Heart: What Every Child Must Know Before They Leave Home

Happy Aiming!

You may not be the greatest housekeeper this world has ever known. (Same, my house is always kind of a mess!) 

 You may feel that you are a lousy stay-at-home mom from time to time. (Though you aren’t, by the way.) 

You may dawdle in the grocery store and serve cereal for dinner some nights. 

But that doesn’t mean you aren’t doing the right thing.

In fact, the best jobs are often the hardest jobs. 

We don’t have to be the absolute best at something in order to succeed at it, and I promise you, Mama, His grace is sufficient for you. 

The most important work you will ever do may just happen within the walls of your own home.

It is there that we create a safe harbor for our families. Our homes are the starting point of our stories- our legacies and future generations will be impacted by the mundane tasks we accomplish each day. 

One of the main goals of the feminist movement was to take women out of the homes and show the world how spectacular they can be in the work place. 

And of course they can be! 

But have you ever seen a woman keep home? Practice hospitality? Love her family well? Nourish her children and encourage her husband? 

Yes, we “ooh” and “ahh” when degrees are earned. We celebrate when someone makes partner or heads up a merger in a Fortune 500 company.

But the most important thing a woman can do is teach her children about God and nourish the relationships within the walls of her own home. 

This work is not compensated weekly or incentivized with benefits, but great is your reward in Heaven, Mama.

This work is eternal. And while other accomplishments may pass away, this job ends at the feet of Jesus. May you embrace your children there and all together hear, “Well Done.”

Happy Working!

Happy Aiming!

-Ashley

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Surprised by Motherhood, Lisa Jo Baker

Teaching From Rest, Sarah Mackenzie

The Read Aloud Family, Sarah Mackenzie

The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming, Sally Clarkson and Sarah Clarkson

10 Gifts of Heart: What Your Child Needs to Take to Heart Before Leaving Home, Sally Clarkson

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M is for Mama, Abbie Halberstadt

Mama Bear Apologetics, Hillary Morgan Ferrer

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