I know I am a day late, but I still wanted to post something in regards to Mother’s Day.
As you know, I am not a mother yet. I am not married nor do I have children of my own. However, I have had many instances where I have been able to act as a mother as I was a teacher, as I care for my nieces and nephews, and as I love and help the children I come in contact with.
In those moments where I act as a mom I am able to get a taste of what motherhood is like. And from that taste, it seems very difficult! BUT, it also seems worth it. I feel busy as it is with my own life and I am just taking care of one person. I can’t imagine what it will be like to take care of a flock. Yet, somehow people manage to do it and they do a great job!
My mom helped in raising 7 children. That is no small nor easy task. My siblings each have children and with each child comes extracurricular activities, school assignments, friends, life problems, etc.
My mom, while her children are all grown and married (except me – she hasn’t been successful in getting rid of me yet), still cares for them and helps when she can. My sisters and sisters-in-laws, while each having their own unique way of doing things, have raised and continue to raise wonderful children.
My mom had made a comment once about sometimes not feeling good enough. I know sometimes I feel this way, but I can imagine all mothers feel this at some point. Which led me to these short videos to remind us women and mothers that we are enough.
Motherhood can feel like participating in a race without a finish line: slow at times, frantic at others, exhausting and exhilarating all at once. No matter your circumstances, Heavenly Father promises blessings as you participate in this essential work of salvation. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland assured, “You will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are and better than you have ever been as you try to make [an] honest effort” (“Because She Is a Mother”).
I’m sure there must have been moments where even Mary, the mother of Joseph wondered if what she was doing was enough. But she trusted in God and used her talents to teach Christ and those around her. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but as long as we include the Lord in our lives, love with all our heart, do our best and learn from our mistakes (because we will mess up) then we are doing enough.