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Motherhood: When Things Don’t Go As Planned

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To mothers everywhere:


“Being a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours.” ~ Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Sometimes we lose sight of our cherished role and forget the positive difference we are making in the lives of our children and, hence, the world.

As Henri Nouwen once said, “…trust that the little bit of love that [you] sow now will bear may fruits, here in this world and in the life to come”.


The following analogy has been so helpful to me–especially on the difficult days of motherhood:


When viewing the works of the Masters at an art gallery, the paintings look smooth and breathtakingly beautiful from a distance.

As you draw closer, however, the paintings look more like random brush strokes in varying colors–some colors bright, other colors dull.

The texture no longer appears smooth, but rather rough in spots.

With random strokes of paint going here and there, one wonders how this can be a thing of beauty at all!

Step away from the picture, however, and those rough spots and flurries of mixed colors suddenly make sense again when they are viewed all together in the end result.


Such is motherhood.


Our daily life can appear messy and imperfect, dismal and discouraging. But as we do our best, “the little bit of love we sow now WILL bear many fruits here, and in the world to come.”



In what ways do you cherish your role as a mother?


For more insight into a mother’s unique role:

Because She Is A Mother by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland


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