happy mother’s day

May 9, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot about this whole mothering thing. It is hard work. It takes heart and mind and body. It takes humility and foresight and willingness to change and patience and courage. It takes all that we have and then some more that must come from God above. It takes love, real love that we give and give and give until it is so tangible that it is a lifeline to our children to lead them back home.

I have a song I love to belt out at the top of my lungs (especially on those days when the laundry is piled sky high, the children are cantankerous and I have no idea what to make for dinner) and today I would like to dedicate it to all the mothers, everywhere. Take these words into your heart and believe them. Let them give you hope on those days when everything seems to go wrong and joy on those days when things are going right.

Who You Are
by Hilary Weeks

I know you wonder if you’ll ever have a day
Where the kids stay calm,
The laundry is done
And the dishes are put away.
And sometimes you feel like
Your days are spent and gone
And the question running through your mind is
What have I gotten done?
And when you finally have a moment to slow down
At the end of your day
I know Father would say
Believe in what you’re doing.
Believe in who you are.
Hold tight to the truth that you’re a daughter of God.
Believe in who you’re becoming,
Believe in who you are.

It may seem simple,
All the little things you do
But the lives you touch matter so much
And there’s no one else like you
And Father needs you to stand tall and faithful,
To be all you can be
If you could see what He sees
You’d believe in what you’re doing and
You’d believe in who you are
So, hold tight to the truth that you’re a daughter of God.
Believe in who you’re becoming,
Believe in who you are.

When it’s hard to believe in yourself and
You feel like you’re beginning to doubt,
He believes in what you’re doing and
He believes in who you are
So, don’t lose sight of the truth that you’re a daughter of God.
He believes in who you’re becoming,
He believes in who you are.

Happy Mother’s Day to each and every mother out there. Thank you for your service, your love, and your fortification of the family. Thank you for teaching and washing and driving and feeding and holding and birthing the human race.

Thank you especially to my mother and grandmother who have loved me when I was seemed unlovable, taught me when I looked unteachable, and held me tight when I resisted being held and in doing so, passed on their faith, joy, and determination to do good in this world.

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  1. Jenny Hanson

    Just what I needed from one of the best mother’s I know!

  2. Anne

    Perfect words for all of us. I wish I would have thought of it! I love the one about staying up during the night and rocking your child through the night also. Remember the first time you heard it? We were sitting in the car and I was trying to get you to hold still long enough to listen to this very special part and you started bawling when you finally heard the words!