Motherhood is hard work, full of ups and downs, yet still the most rewarding job there is. I believe God has a special place in His heart for mothers. In Scripture we read about Hannah and how He heard her plea for a child, we read about a girl chosen to be the mother of His One and Only Son, we read of how Jesus healed Peter’s mother in-law and raised a widow’s only son. His last earthly concern was to see that His mother would be cared for.
I remember the thrill I experienced the moment I saw our firstborn and held him in my arms. I have been able to experience that newborn thrill another 7 times, and then again as I witnessed the birth of 3 of our grandchildren. Yes, that euphoric feeling comes and goes. There have been moments, days, weeks even when I wondered how and why I ever thought I could do this mothering thing. My faith, prayer, remembering the promise that in my weakness God is strong carries me through these tough times.
During those times I sought help and counsel from mothers who had ‘been there done that’ and I found encouragement in the writings of women who shared their experiences in raising children. Women like Elisabeth Elliot. In her pamphlet “Called to Be Mothers,” she writes:
[God] calls some to be single, some married people to be childless, but He calls most women to be mothers. There are, the Bible tells us, “differences of gifts,” and they’re all given to us according to God’s grace. None of the gifts of my own life–not my “career” or my work or any other gift–is higher or more precious to me than that of being someone’s mother.
When I look beyond the snotty noses and clinging hands and whiny voices, this truly is how I feel. What would life be like without my children? No, I wouldn’t give up this role I have, this job of mothering.
And now for the Hearts for Home Blog Hop:
Last week’s most viewed post was from A Swimsuit Series at Children Are a Blessing – interesting article that includes the history of the modern day swimsuit.
My personal favorite this week are posts that encourage my mother-heart:
Jacqueline write about the Victorious Mother at Deep Roots at Home.
Starla writes about nurturing The Mother-Daughter Relationship at Pressing In and Pressing On.
Nicole also shares encouragement in her article Hope for the Weary Mom of Littles at Children Are a Blessing.
Kathie shares wonderful tips on Being an Available Parent at The Character Corner.
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