Last week I managed to escape our home for a couple hours to attend a local "Education Day" for the women in our church. One of my favorite classes was titled "The Joy of Motherhood." My post-pregnancy hormones were still regulating, so I was an emotional wreck as I sat and pondered the difficulties and joys of motherhood. It was therapeutic, mostly because I was touched and taught by the Spirit. I came away with more gratitude for my role as a mother. I had a better perspective of what I am doing, and why I am doing it. I returned home with more energy to serve my family. What a gift that presenter (and God) gave to me! Another thing she gave us each was a packet with the best quotes she had found on the topic. I've read it since then, and found added strength in the words.
With Mother's Day around the corner, I want to give a similar gift to the mothers that I know. I plan to post one of my favorite quotes on motherhood each day this week. Here's the first one:
"Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels."
Moms, do you think of your job as "the highest, holiest service" you could be doing? I know I've heard this before, but wish I remembered it more often. As a mother, I go and go and go. All day long. I rarely stop to do something for myself. Half the day is over before I even realize that I have been going non-stop to feed, dress, teach, help and care for my children. I know other moms do the same. Yes, it is a service. An all-encompassing job. And sometimes I forget what I am really doing and I begin to feel bad for myself. It's an easy trap for mothers to fall into, especially in a society that praises individualism. But this quote helps me remember that motherhood is not only a good thing, but it is the best thing I could be doing with my time. A popular blogger wrote "[motherhood] is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It's what God gave you time for." I love that and know it's true!
No wonder there is an attack on motherhood. No wonder there is a pull in our world today for women to be busy with other things, and to put off having and caring for children. And for those of us who have children, there are temptations to be distracted, discouraged, depressed, self-absorbed, and unfulfilled. But with the right perspective, God's view of motherhood, we can refrain from our selfish tendencies. We can give our lives willingly in His service. To whom? Our children. In serving them with a happy heart, we find greater joy. We find true fulfillment. We remain grateful for this responsibility. What an honor and a blessing to be a mom!