Friday, September 13, 2013

Praise and Encouragement for Young Mothers

Motherhood:  A Noble Calling
The paragraphs below are beautiful words to live by.  It's wonderful to know that our leaders - whom we love and sustain - are very aware and mindful of us in our roles as women and mothers in Zion; raising the next generation of families.  It's the most important thing we could be doing and, therefore, fraught with challenges and difficulties.  All things that matter most and are for our highest growth - are things that may also be the most difficult and soul-stretching at times.  And, yet, the most rewarding.  For who could ever replace or explain the love of a noble mother for her precious children?

Here is some Praise and Encouragement for Mothers; particularly young mothers...

"In speaking of mothers generally, I especially wish to praise and encourage young mothers. The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. The young years are often those when either husband or wife—or both—may still be in school or in those earliest and leanest stages of developing the husband's breadwinning capacities.  Finances fluctuate daily between low and nonexistent.  The apartment is usually decorated in one of two smart designs—Deseret Industries provincial or early Mother Hubbard. The car, if there is one, runs on smooth tires and an empty tank. But with night feedings and night teethings, often the greatest challenge of all for a young mother is simply fatigue. Through these years, mothers go longer on less sleep and give more to others with less personal renewal for themselves than any other group I know at any other time in life. It is not surprising when the shadows under their eyes sometimes vaguely resemble the state of Rhode Island.

Nap Time.  Comfort Time.  Precious Time.
"Of course the irony is that this is often the sister we want to call—or need to call—to service in the ward and stake auxiliaries. That’s understandable. Who wouldn’t want the exemplary influence of these young Loises- and Eunices-in-the-making? Everyone, be wise. Remember that families are the highest priority of all, especially in those formative years. Even so, young mothers will still find magnificent ways to serve faithfully in the Church, even as others serve and strengthen them and their families in like manner.
"Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones. Husbands—especially husbands—as well as Church leaders and friends in every direction, be helpful and sensitive and wise. Remember, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”  - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, The Sacred Roles of Fathers and Mothers