good life – mother’s day
Part of cultivating a good life is honoring the role of a mother as sacred.
My feelings are tender when I think about motherhood. Partly because of the love I have for my own mother. And also because I personally understand the pain that comes with the aching desire to become a mother during years of infertility. On a day like Mother’s Day, I’m not just thinking about Mom, but I’m thinking about – and praying for – the ones who desperately want to be a mother.
And then I look at a picture like this and I’m overwhelmed that my Father in Heaven has trusted me enough to bless me with these three children. I’m reminded again of how sacred this role is — to teach, care for, rear, nurture these little people who will not be little very long at all. I never want to take this for granted and yet I know that from time to time, I do take it for granted.
Part of honoring the role of a mother is to pay attention to the promptings we feel as mothers. We’ve been blessed with nurturing hearts. We have feelings that guide us to do what is best for our children and today I want to remind you – and myself – that it is so important to honor our role by not ignoring that feeling in our gut about what we need to do as a mother.
Watch this video. Pay attention to what you’re feeling. We’re each so unique and individual. We’re not going to feel the same things … but chances are, we’re each going to feel something.
Because the blessing that it is to be a mother is sacred, I want to pay more attention to those “maternal promptings” (insert whatever you want to call it here) … and then ACT. Perhaps you’re feeling that you need to be more patient with your kids. Or maybe you need to be more patient with yourself. Maybe there’s something you know you should be doing (one-on-one time with the kids or reading with them more or teaching one of them something specific) … or perhaps you’re feeling that nudge to eliminate something from your life so you can be more focused on the most important stuff.
Pay close attention to your heart. And then put those feelings into action. Here’s another video I wanted to share this Mother’s Day, and I hope that it is inspiring to you in some way.
One last note. I have personally felt blessed when I honor the mothers in my life. The role is sacred indeed, and I feel indebted to the women who taught me how to be a mother. I feel a sacred responsibility to teach my own daughter – by example – about what it means to be a mother.
I have a very special place in my heart for the women shown here in these pictures (and of course others that aren’t pictured here): Top-left is my great-grandmother holding my grandma as a baby. Next to that is my grandma holding my mom. Bottom-left is my mom with baby Becky. And then, of course, that’s me with Claire.
May your heart be full as you think about your own mother or the mother figure in your life. May those of you aching to become a mother feel a tremendous amount of peace through all of that heartache. And may you mothers remember just how sacred this role is. Honor that. Relish in that. Be so grateful for that privilege and blessing that your heart feels like it might burst.