Happy Mother’s Day sweet friends! I wanted to share a talk I gave a few weeks ago about motherhood and hope that on hard days this is something you can refer your mind back to.
In last year’s General Conference, Elder Nelson said, “We need women who have the courage and vision of our Mother Eve.”
As most moms know, having that kind of courage seems to be a daunting task. The role of motherhood isn’t for the faint of heart and most days it requires us to have the patience and courage to keep trying. The job description for motherhood allows the most joy but also involves the most heart break as well.
Whether you’ve been through postpartum depression, a miscarriage, loss of a child, illness, or any other struggle that comes with being a parent, it is a lot to take in. So how do we even begin to have that kind of courage we talk about?
Elder Nelson says, “We are not alone and never need be alone. We can press forward in our daily lives with heavenly help. Through the savior’s atonement we can receive capacity and strength beyond our own.”
As a mother, I rely on that strength more than I can say.
I know we are all in different stages of our motherhood. Some of us have been moms for years, some are brand new moms, and some have yet to be moms, but the principle remains the same:
We need our Savior, we can’t do it alone.
My motherhood involves the man upstairs more often than not. I thank Him for the good days and plead with Him during the hard. I wouldn’t be able to survive my motherhood without Him.
Not only do you have angels ready to leap and answer your every prayer, but you also have a Savior, who not only appreciates your efforts, but He HONORS your motherhood. Not just the good days or when you feel that everything you did that day was a success…He honors you every day. Especially the stinkin’ hard days.
So, to the mom who is exhausted from taking care of a newborn baby…He honors your tired eyes.
To the mom who is overwhelmed with toddlers and tantrums… He honors your kind spirit in the midst of chaos.
To the mom who is stressed with teenagers, schedules, and carpools…He honors your smile and selflessness.
To the mom who hides in her closet with tearful prayers… He honors those tired knees.
To the mom who lost a baby or a child… He honors your broken heart.
To the mom who feels like a failure but tries again anyway… He honors every ounce your courage.
And to moms everywhere I quote Elder Holland:
“Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are the Savior’s on Mount Zion, and like the Master you follow, your love never faileth.”