Sunday, May 10, 2009

I Am A Mother

Okay so I am stealing the title of this blog post from a book, but I love this book and it sums up how I feel today. I Am A Mother by Jane Clayson Johnson is a wonderful book every mother should read. In reading her book I learned so much about my honor and responsibility in being a mother and I am so grateful that I have been given such a beautiful important job here on this earth. I want to share a few thoughts from the book with you.
" For all to often I think mothers-women in general, really tend to forget their worth. We become disorganized or guilt ridden or just plain exhausted and don't realize that what we do every day has enormous impact and implication. We get caught up in judging one another or taking sides and forget that the work of mothers is God's work- and because it is his work, he will help us and lift us up and make us stronger." ( intro xvii)
I love knowing that my work as a mother is Gods work. It is my opportunity to preach his gospel to his most precious children. It is my opportunity to share his love with his children. It is an amazing responsibility and I am grateful for it and humbled by it.
"I believe that the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers their is. To create an environment that's stimulating and nurturing, to pass on a sense of responsibility to another human being, to raise a child who understands that he or she is created from good and is capable of anything- I know for sure that few callings are more honorable. To play down mothering as small is to crack the very foundation on which greatness stands." (Oprah pg. 8)
I love this quote. I agree that playing down mothers cracks the foundation of greatness. Mothers are the backbone of the world!
"Sisters, we must revers motherhood in our homes, in our church callings, in our places of employment, in our associations with neighbors, in everything we do. If we do not, what are we teaching our daughter's? How can we expect the rising generation of young women to enthusiastically embrace their futures as mothers and leaders if we are ambivalent or apologetic about our own motherhood?" (pg 10)
This was another great thought. Another good reason to be proud of motherhood and put strength in it.
I have just one more thought for you that I heard in church today that I really liked.
Women was made from the rib of man. Not the head to be above the man, not the feet to be walked upon but the side to be equal, and near the heart to be loved.
What a great thought for women and men to consider.
I love being a mother. It is hard work but it is work ordained by God. I am so grateful for my opportunity to love such wonderful children and have them in my life. I am also very grateful for a husband who supports and loves me (it sure makes motherhood easier). I am also grateful to my mother and all that she has taught me. She truly is a remarkable women. I am grateful to all the mothers I know who help teach me and are amazing examples of motherhood.
Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful women our there.

7 comments:

Ashley said...

Thanks for sharing Liz. Sounds like a good read and good thoughts. Happy Mother's Day.

Bonnie said...

It is an honor indeed to be a wife and a mom. It's important to keep both roles in balance. Sometimes, the wife role is eclipsed by the mothering one. Best for all when both are treasured.

the beus family said...

and a late happy mother's day to you too liz! so good to read this-
it was also really good to catch up with your cute girls, i hope all is going well!
joanna

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