Motherhood | The Calling

When I get asked about advice for new/young mamas, I could seriously write a book about all that I have learned over the last seven years of motherhood.  I could list the do's and don'ts, give them a run down about how to get their sweet babe sleeping through the night, and even teach them a thing, or two, about nursing a sleepy newborn.  

There are a lot of tools, and knowledge, that I have packed away in my mommy-hood arsenal.  It is a treasure that I hold on to from years of trial and error.  But, that's not what I tell those mamas.  I don't list out all the "best ways" for them to mother their child.  I simply encourage them to actually mother them.   

Motherhood, no matter how difficult, is a rare gift.  Just ask the sweet woman who has been trying for years to conceive.  I bet she will tell you to smile at every moment you are given with your children.  It is a gift- not a burden.  Motherhood is special- not a mere break you take from the workforce.  I feel that it is the highest calling.  It requires a unique skill set to accomplish- patience, kindness, dying to self, energy when there is none to be had, and even the ability to be on call at all hours of the day or night- for years.

I tell young mothers to take it one day at a time.  Sometimes, even one moment at a time.  Search for the goodness.  It's in there, I promise.  Be patient on the Lord to do a good work in you.  He has already begun one.  He promises that the work He started will find completion.  You are a part of His army.  And, when you find yourself doubting about your calling, trust me in this- you are on the side that wins!  

1 comment:

  1. I love it: "You are on the side that wins!" Yes, indeed.

    A wise man once said, “When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses?” - Neal A. Maxwell

    Thank you for your thoughts. :)