A SPECIAL NOTE to Mother's who find Mother's Day DEPRESSING:
When my children were young, I loved Mother's Day. My kids adored me and they told me often that I was the best Mom ever. But, as my children grew into teenagers, things changed. Mostly I was reminded of how my skills as a mother and even as a person were sorely lacking. Mothers Day became a sad day for me.
On Mother's Day we hear story after story of the 'perfect mom' being praised by their husbands and children. At the same time, our own failings and weaknesses glare back at us. Deep in our heart we know our children are constant reminders of our deficiencies. It has taken me many depressing Mother's Day's to finally get back to enjoying them.
This is what I have learned: Peace comes to me from knowing that I did my best with the knowledge I had. I'm sure you all agree that if you had known then what you know now, you would have done things differently and would not have made the mistakes you made....it is nonsense to judge our past mistakes with our present knowledge...so it's time to stop doing it.
I also gain joy and peace realizing that my successes really do exceed my oopies. This Mother Heart of mine has always been filled with a desire to do Gods will - This Mother Heart of mine has always loved my children.
Raising my children has brought me closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I understand more fully, but not completely, Christ's Atonement, patience, long suffering, repentance, and forgiveness and unconditional love - the pure love of Christ.These choice experiences have prepared me to be a more humble disciple of HIM.
I AM engaged in HIS work and HIS glory. So if you are still in the middle of hating Mother's Day, I hope you will search deep into your heart, and ask God to help you feel His love for you.
....and a special hug from me to all you Moms.
With love and gratitude,
Each of us lead a life filled with miracles, we just need to pause and see them! What's new and good with you?