Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Message From My Father

My father sent me this video this morning. It was a much-needed reminder that even when the world doesn't recognize and appreciate the importance of motherhood and the hard work that goes into it...that our Heavenly Father appreciates it. That He sees us and loves us, especially on the rough days. That He wants to help us raise up their sweet little souls to Him, He wants to help us find the patience to last the day, we just have to ask Him for that help.

So often the world gives us a line about "being a mother is hard work," but it's just another platitude to make us feel like they're recognizing us...but they don't. They dismiss what we do, insisting that we should do and be more, that mothering is something we could just as easily pay other people to do for us, that we're not doing enough or that we're doing too much for our children. But, our Father in Heaven really does recognize us.

I guess that's what this video meant to me. That He sees me and recognizes the work I do. That when no one else is up with me during the 2am feeding...He is. Even if it doesn't seem to matter to anyone else that the floor is dirty 2 seconds after I clean it and the kids don't listen when I try to teach them...that He sees that I tried in the first place.

Thanks for the reminder, Dad...both my Heavenly and Earthly one.



ps-I know, I know, I posted this on Hot Chocolate Talk too. I don't ever double-post like this, but after having thought about it for an hour or so, I decided that this was too important of a message not to share with everyone.

11 comments:

Steph said...

I was gonna say!! I already commented on Hot Chocolate Talk, but I'll say thank you for your added words to an already very important and much needed message again. Love you, Whitty!!

Sheffer's said...

THANK YOU. I needed this more than you know today. Thank you for posting this and lifting my spirit. You are a wonderful mommy, and I'm so grateful you're my friend. I copied you and put this on my blog, too. (I hope you don't mind) :)

Caldwell Family said...

Thanks for reminding all of us who we are and why we do what we do. I needed this reminder and it came at just the perfect time. Hope all is well.

Kayla

Gardners said...

Whitney! Have you read this whole talk? It's called, "Because She is a Mother" and it was given when I was pregnant with my second and my oldest was still a baby. I have reread it so many times over the years. He says he speaks specifically to young mothers and I found it most helpful in those desperate, exhausting years that I thought would never end. And now, with my youngest being SEVEN! I even kind of miss those times - days full of books and snuggles and songs and chubby cheeks and funny little voices. Thanks for posting the video - I'd never seen it before. Miss you!

PatShala said...

Thanks Whitney! All moms need an extra boost whenever we can get it. Thanks for getting me all emotional today!! I really enjoy reading your blog!

Jennae said...

Man oh man! This just makes me sooo excited.

Megan said...

thank you, thank you for this! i needed it. love you!

Hannah Elizabeth said...

I watched this video earlier today, and immediately thought of you and your sisters. Though I haven't spent much time around you, it is easy to see that you are all such amazing mothers. It's hard work, but you make it look so easy.

By the way, I love your blog! :)

Alabama Apples said...

Thank you! Just what I needed to hear, see, and read.

Monica Lifferth said...

I loved this. Thank you.

Aubrey said...

Wanted to say thanks again - I sent it to a couple of my friends, hopefully they liked it. (I was trying to discreetly do missionary work).