You know -writing as a means to encourage moms. I blubbered about it to my teenage daughters. My husband came home from work (with roses), and I blubbered about it to him. Am I really making a difference? Why do I continue to do this writing thing? But ... softly and quietly the answer always comes.
In one word ... Motherhood.
Motherhood is my mission. Recently I have been writing the 5 Steps to Successful Planning Series. In it, I talk about finding your life's mission. I shared that when you ask God and seek for your mission, you will know it when you cry.
Years ago, I was doing just that. "God, what is my mission?" Then, the one word came ... motherhood. I cried. I knew that my purpose was to not only embrace the nurturing of my children, but also to encourage others to do so. And how important it is!
"The family has always been the cornerstone of American society. ... each of us remember that the strength of our families is vital to the strength of our nation." -Ronald Reagan
I believe this with all of my soul! The strength of the family is the strength of the nation, and that is why motherhood is so important. With or without praise and appreciation, your job, yes, even the little mundane tasks, makes all the difference.
And so, I reaffirmed my purpose. Even if I only reach one mom, I will choose to be faithful to my reason -my why!
To encourage those in the high office of motherhood!
Do you know your why? If so, don't let discouragement keep you down. Keep going. As a mother, you are making a huge difference -you are the strength of this nation.
How is this possible? The family unit is the smallest unit of order. Think of it as the support beam in a large house. Just as a house without a support beam will not stand, so is the nation without your strong family.
Nurturing the Soul
The other part of this discouragement is that motherhood is tiring! I find that taking time out, even if just a few minute to read a little and sip a hot drink, makes all the difference because it nurtures my soul.
I wanted to share a few ways and resources, outside of my family's kind listening ears and roses, that do just that.