I've found that as a mother, there are really good days and really difficult days, even though most days are a mixture of both. What if you are having one of those really hard days, or weeks, or months as a mom? What if you have a child who is going through a tough "stage" (or at least you hope it's a stage)? What if you feel like you are failing? Or you worry that you have ruined your child? Maybe you aren't finding any joy in motherhood lately, and you feel guilty when you hear about other women who are. If so, you are not alone.
I know that Mother's Day can be a very emotional day for some women. I hope we can reach those sweet mothers this week and help them realize all the good they are doing. We shouldn't be so hard on ourselves, but sometimes we are. Parenting is meant to be challenging. It's part of God's plan.
Here are two beautiful quotes from inspired men of God that can help provide hope and understanding during tough times:
"A sweet and obedient child will enroll a father or mother only in Parenting 101. If you are blessed with a child who tests your patience to the nth degree, you will be enrolled in Parenting 505. Rather than wonder what you might have done wrong in the premortal life to be so deserving, you might consider the more challenging child a blessing and opportunity to become more godlike yourself. With which child will your patience, long-suffering, and other Christlike virtues most likely be tested, developed, and refined? Could it be possible that you need this child as much as this child needs you?"
"Often the deep valleys of our present will be understood only by looking back on them from the mountains of our future experience. Often we can’t see the Lord’s hand in our lives until long after trials have passed. Often the most difficult times of our lives are essential building blocks that form the foundation of our character and pave the way to future opportunity, understanding, and happiness."