May 11, 2013 by Stacy McDonald

Mama’s Hands

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I wrote this poem a few years ago to encourage mothers in their holy duty of nurturing and training their little ones. Some days are indeed difficult, but what a blessed calling we have!

He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young. (Isaiah 40:11)

God fashioned her with smaller hands,

So she would know His strength;

And made for her a weaker frame,

When measured by her length.


Her skin is soft compared to man’s,

So her baby’s face should feel

Her velvet touch and gentle kiss

When looking for his meal.


Her “mama voice” knows the songs

Her babies like to hear.

She needn’t sing a single word,

Soft humming keeps them near.


When naughtiness is stirred within

Her little ones at play

Her “mama hand” trains them well,

then teaches them to pray.


At times the days seem oh so long

And fear and doubt attack

And schooling seems to not get done

And household chores just stack.


Skeptics sing their siren song,

Wooing from the street,

Tempting her to forsake her call

And for self glory seek.

Yet, one glimpse of her little ones

And she sees beyond the day

The shaping of the little souls

Where generations lay


Changing a diaper with holy hands

And wiping a messy face—

Are all part of the tapestry,

This masterpiece of grace


Happy is the godly mother,

Who sees within her child

The gift of His eternal peace

A tamed heart that was wild.


The storms of life fret her not

She smiles at the wind

She knows from Whom her strength will come,

His mercy never ends


God fashioned her with smaller hands,

So she would know His strength.

And made for her a weaker frame,

When measured by her length.


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8 Responses to “Mama’s Hands”

  1. Melanie says:

    My, but this is beautiful! Thank you! What a lovely encouragement.

  2. Joy says:

    This is lovely. Thank you for sharing it. :)

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’ve saved it to my computer :)

  4. Minnesota Mom says:

    I appreciate your encouragement and website. Keep up the good work. I also love the book A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George. The world is tempting and busy, but real work is done from home, even providing our husbands with a secure refuge to come home to from work. May we remain gentle and keep our focus on doing God’s work. Thanks!!

  5. Wendy says:

    This is wonderfully written and full of encouragement.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  6. Joann L says:

    Can you please tell me who painted the pictures of mother and son as well as the girl sewing in teh window on your website? They are beautiful Send reply to

  7. Jennifer says:

    Have my comments been getting through at all?

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