Sunday, May 13, 2012

to my fellow mothers on mother's day: some words of encouragement

cuddling my sick boy on vacation

In this often costly job of motherhood, that doesn't pay with dollars and cents, but smiles and giggles and bear hugs i can often forget that what i'm attempting to cultivate in Micah - creativity, thankfulness, generosity, patience, obedience, a love for Jesus, etc. - has eternal value. Between holding a sickie boy in the bathroom on vacation as a cold shower steamed up the room in an effort to clear up his wheezing chest, to watching him wave bye-bye and blow a kiss to me as he says "muah" as i place him in his crib for the night - motherhood is nothing to scoff at. below is some encouragement to my lady friends who, like me, often find themselves scoffing at themselves throughout the day, wondering if the often monotonous motherly tasks that we do day in and out have any lasting value at all. i hope you see, they absolutely do, and the reward is great. happy mother's day mother friends, may you be encouraged and honored today!


"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."

"Who can measure the long-term effects of nurturing helpless infants, supervising wandering toddlers, discipling self-willed children, and counseling self-absorbed adolescents? Of family outings planned, traditions built, memories made, books read, songs sung, Scripture taught? That’s why motherhood belongs under the heading, 'Engage the World'; no one shapes generations or fashions cultures more than mothers."
-Jeff Purswell, Worldliness, (edited by C.J. Mahaney, p. 159).

"A mother…by her planning and industry night and day, by her willfulness of love, by her fidelity, she brings up her children. Do not read to me the campaigns of Caesar and tell me nothing about Napoleon’s wonderful exploits.  For I tell you that, as God and the angels look down upon the silent history of that woman’s administration, and upon those men-building processes which went on in her heart and mind through a score of years;—nothing exterior, no outward development of kingdoms, no empire-building, can compare with what mother has done.  Nothing can compare in beauty, and wonder, and admirableness, and divinity itself, to the silent work in obscure dwellings of faithful women bringing their children to honor and virtue and piety."  
-Henry Ward Beecher


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