Friday, August 26, 2011

The Sum of Godly Motherhood

A Puritan Girl at Prayer

Someone asked Mother Teresa if she ever got discouraged working with the poor in Calcutta. They wondered if seeing no success in her daily tasks ever made her feel like she wasn't doing worthwhile work. Her answer was that she was not called to a mission of success, but a mission of mercy - a mission of work.

I see this as what we mothers are doing in the home. We are laboring in difficult fields, training and caring for our children. Sometimes we encounter stubbornness, willfulness and foolish decisions, as our children learn and grow into adulthood.  They don't see all the work we do behind the scenes - we struggle with drought, too much rain, wildlife and a multitude of weeds who come in and try to destroy our crops. We toil in these fields on a daily basis and often we don't see success. We wait. . . and we pray. . . and we beg God to give us patience and mercy so that we can continue on each day. But we rarely see our results until many years later.

The Bible says that children rise up and call their virtuous Mother blessed. Often, those same children do not  realize the sacrifice and toil and prayers that went into all her work. They also don't realize all she did, through all those years, as she submitted to God in her work, with all trust and faith, that these very acts, helped create the virtuous character she possesses in her old age.

Mrs. White
(Written on a borrowed computer)

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busymomof10 said...

Excellent post, Mrs. White!!! So very true! I love your point that our responses to these daily trials is what produces our virtuous character in our old age! Thanks for sharing from your wisdom and experience!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

It was so nice to see a new entry from your blog today! I hope you are well. I've missed you! Thanks for this encouraging post.

Anonymous said...

Nice post! :)

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