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The Significance of Motherly Covering


The following post is my loving message to every woman.

May The Lord enlighten the eyes of your heart
to see your role in a new light.

(Please share this with every woman in your life.
Men are also most welcome to read and learn from this!)

In the early morning hours of Dec. 31, 2012, I had a dream that I was conversing with a beautiful angel.

Quinton, Ish and I were seated together with the angel around a café table. The angel leaned over to me and said, in a gentle, yet concerned tone:

“Who puts cream on Ish?”

Leaves providing shade for growing apples (QRI Images - DSLR capture)

Leaves providing shade for growing apples (QRI Images – DSLR capture)

I told the angel that Quinton applies lots of cream on him after his bath every night. I turned to look at Ish, and his skin glistened in the sunlight and looked very moisturized.

The angel asked me again, “Who puts cream on Ish?” And the angel looked into my eyes and immediately went on to say, “You need to put cream on him as well.”

Then, the angel lifted Ish’s arms, pointed, and said “See?”

When I peered over to see, I saw that the angel was pointing at the part of Ish’s ribcage that is usually hidden from sight when he places his arms by his side.

I looked more intently, and I gasped. I saw that the whole area was completely exposed flesh (without any skin).

The angel said, “See all of the parts like this that are not always visible at all times to the human eye? Focus on putting cream there.”

Then the angel lifted Ish’s feet up and showed me both of his soles, and said, “See? You need to apply cream there as well.” His soles also were exposed flesh.

I awoke from this dream with a deeply-entrenched burden to be more intentional in providing a covering of love, prayer and encouragement for my son.

Since the day that I found out I had conceived, I have prayed for Ish daily. But, I knew that God was urging me to take my intercession to another level. I knew that the cream represented an essential coating that is beyond what Ish’s father, grandparents, or anyone else could provide for him.

God was asking me to provide my child with a motherly covering.

An Unceasing Responsibility

The Scriptures describe a remarkable mother who continually provided a motherly covering for her beloved child:

A mother goose shielding her young from the heat of the day. (QRI Images - iPhone capture)

A mother goose shielding her young from the heat of the day. Note: Cute baby chick to the right) (QRI Images – iPhone capture)

18: But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
19: Moreover his mother made him a little robe, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
20: And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home.
21: And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.” (1 Samuel 2:18-21)

Hannah made a vow before God that if he were to bless her with a son, she would dedicate him to The Lord for all of his days. After years of barrenness and crying out to the Lord in deep anguish, Hannah was blessed with a beautiful boy named Samuel.

The Lord graciously called Samuel at a tender age, and he served in the Temple of God.

Year after year, Hannah brought a brand new, custom-fit robe that she handmade just for Samuel.

Can you imagine…

Can you imagine the love that overflowed from Hannah’s heart concerning her precious gift of a son from God?

I can visualize that with every thread that Hannah wove together with her own hands, this mother would say a prayer, speak words of blessing, and sing a song of love over her son that brought much joy to her life.

As the coat began to take shape, it represented much more than a physical shield from the elements. It was a spiritual covering of motherly love. This covering became a part of Samuel’s priestly garment as He served in the House of God.

For Hannah’s faithfulness, the Lord blessed her with more children: three sons and two daughters. And Samuel grew up in the presence of God!

Consider the Precious Children who need you!

There are so many precious children of all ages who are exposed to the elements day after day without a covering.

  • Many babies are endangered in the womb from women involved in dangerous acts during pregnancy, such as substance abuse.
  • Countless babies are brutally murdered by abortion for senseless reasons before they have a chance at taking their first breath.
  • Scores of children and youth are living in hopelessness; facing mistreatment, violence, abuse, and the cruelty of humanity day after day.

It may be your own child, or a child in your social circle, who does not have a proper covering. You may not have carried a child in your own womb, but that is not a prerequisite for being a mother in this world. Children everywhere are in dire need of mothers who will provide them with a covering of love, prayer and encouragement.

This attribute of providing a covering precisely mirrors the motherly covering that Our Heavenly Father provides for each of us. He hides us under the shadow of His Wings.

I pray that The Lord will speak to your heart about fulfilling this critical responsibility for the children that God has placed in your life.

I know that the Lord gave me this dream to see my role in a new light.

I am called to cover my child, and every child that He has placed in my life, with love, prayer and encouragement over every area of their lives and at all times. In doing so, God will protect their lives from the ways of the world, especially the parts that are hidden from or not always visible to human eyes.

Dear beloved woman,

Look around you;

The Lord has placed many children in your sphere of influence

who need to be embraced and covered with

love, prayer and encouragement.

Just as Our Heavenly Father covers us under His Wings,

you can provide a special motherly covering for someone.

May The Lord help you to see your critical role in life.

Remember: Whether the child is young or not so young,

it is never too late for you to walk in this calling.

Happy Mother’s Day, Beautiful!



Author: QRI

A little bit about QRI...in a pistachio shell: My name is Rathiha and I am blessed to be married to my amazing husband, Quinton. We have a handsome little boy named Ish. We are privileged to be children of the Most High God! His love for us is vast beyond all measure and He has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams. And it is our hope that this site will capture a bit about our journey. We are passionate about serving people in any capacity required. It brings us much joy to help others to rise up and be all that God has called them to be. We invite you to subscribe to our blog (by simply entering your email address in the Subscribe field in the third column) and to stay connected with us. And while you're here checking out the content, drop us a line in the comments section. We would love to hear from you. Remain blessed!

8 thoughts on “The Significance of Motherly Covering

  1. Wow so blessed by this post Rathi. Such an important message & The Lord has been lately telling me too, that the more be in the presence of God, the easier it is for Kathryn to jump into God’s presence.
    I am sure this post will bless many.

    • Thank you very much for taking the time to read the post, Pastor Tiny! It is so awesome to hear how God shares His Heart and confirms His Word time and again. I am glad that the Lord is speaking to mothers about standing in the gap for children. Very true that the more we walk with God, it opens the way for our children to experience His heart in a deeper way. Powerful truth. God bless you and Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Thank you for this timely and critical prompting for me to re-establish my place on the wall for my two children, Tyler [38] and Shannon [36] and my two grandchildren Bradley [7] and Madeline [4]. These are Tyler’s children. I know God will grant me a new anointing for this privileged act of intercession. Again thanks for this very spirituality alive reminder. May God give you an even greater anointing to cover Ish with your Holy Spirit inspired prayers. Blessing Sheila

    • Praise God! We are grateful that His Word is alerting mothers (and grandmothers) to take their place on the wall. Thank you for sharing the names of your children and grandchildren with us. We will be praying for each one of you. May the Lord use your entire family mightily for His glory, and may His faithfulness and tender mercies extend from generation to generation.

      Amen; I receive it!! Thank you so much for taking the time to read the post, Sheila! Lots of love and prayers!

  3. Wow was blessed to read the post! For the past two days God has been reminding me to pray more for my daughter and this post came at the right timing.
    God bless you Rathi
    Blessed Mother’s Day

    • Glory to God! His beautiful timing amazes me every time. Thank you for taking the time to read our post. Trust that you had a wonderful Mother’s Day also! God bless you, Acca!

  4. What a blessing you are Rathia. This blog has so touched my heart to remind me to go deeper in my prayers for my sweet darling children. I look forward so much to reading more from you as The Lord inspires and anoints you for this incredible calling. Bless you.
    I was so blessed to chat with your wonderful mother… She so touched my heart . I anticipate with excitement talking with her again.
    Have a great day.

    • Praise Jesus for lovingly reminding all mothers of our role! Thank you very much for taking the time to read our post and for your kind words, Donna! We hope to share more amazing revelations in the days to come.
      My Mom told me that she enjoyed her conversation with you as well. She too was blessed to chat with you!
      Thanks again for your feedback! God bless you!
      p.s. If you would like to receive an alert by email when a new post is published, pls feel free to subscribe by entering your email address in the third column on the blog. Blessings!

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