Sunday, May 08, 2011

Partnership


I've been thinking about how as a mother, I wouldn't be nearly the mother I am without the amazing mothers I have followed, my own mother, my sister, my grandmothers, my mother-in-law, the countless women who have mothered me over my life, but a bit more than that, I wouldn't be the mother I am without the partner I chose.  Today, I am thankful for a husband who encourages and inspires me to continually be a better mother.  Parenting is a partnership, it's hard work, and it takes both of us to handle the challenges and is so much sweeter to share it's joys.
I partner with Tony as we partner with the Lord.  When I was going in for my back surgery in '08, and my biggest concern wasn't the surgery itself, it was being away from my daughter.  Tony gave me a blessing of comfort and in it he described the special bond between Lucy and I and how Heavenly Father loves her more than we love her.  I couldn't, and still can't, fathom that kind of love.  How could He love her more than I do?  But He does.  And if He loves her, that means He loves me.  I'm so thankful to a perfect Heavenly Father who knew that through parenting we would most learn to be like our Savior and return to Him.  
I came across this article recently, by Darla Isackson, and it's message really resonated with me.  Here is a little portion of it.
"I don’t remember the moment that it hit me. But suddenly Matthew 25:40 took on a whole new meaning—an application to mothering. You know the scripture; it’s the one where the Lord explains the best reason for treating others well, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”  Because they are so busy with mundane daily tasks of family life, most mothers are famous for asking the questions that precede those profound words, “Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, . . . and came unto thee?” (Matthew 25: 37-39)
Yet who does all those things more consistently than mothers? They patiently give food to their hungry children--many times a day. They give them water when they are thirsty, and clothe them when they are naked--which is much more often than at bath-time for many little ones! They nurse their children through endless nights of illness, and come to them, “visit” them constantly to fill their every need. Yet mothers tend to say, “that doesn’t count,” and feel they are not doing their part when they have little time or energy to serve outside the home. All of us as mothers need to allow ourselves to feel the Savior’s appreciation for our service to His little ones, our own children.
There is so much to learn from the words, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these . . .Ye have done it unto me.” No mother can tenderly nurture her baby, or do her best to comfort an older child without meriting the Savior’s commendation for doing what He would do if He were present."
Happy Mother's Day to all the special mothers in my life and for their choice to follow Him.

8 comments:

Bethany said...

Great and uplifting post Anna. I would like to read the article you have referenced. I understand how you were worried most about your kids while you were sick, that is exactly how I am feeling. Thanks for sharing. :)

Angie said...

I love this, Anna. Thanks and happy mother's day!

Stacie said...

Thanks for sharing this, Anna. You are a great mother!

Jennifer said...

dit di di di di di di di, dit di di di di di.

GramMO said...

I love you, You are a marvelous example for me!

Stan and Jenn said...

I needed to read that today. Thanks! :)

Missi said...

Thanks for sharing that, Anna. I need to read the rest of it...and probably frame it and hang it somewhere where'd I'll see it a lot...like, above the changing table.

Bethany said...

I read the article. It was GREAT!