Friday, May 12, 2017

Daughter, be of good comfort

(Me in 1994 with nephew Layton)

"Motherhood is more than bearing children.  
It is the essence of who we are as women."

When we celebrate mother, we celebrate woman, and I believe that
motherhood is a gift and honor given to us by God.
Motherhood defines me because it is me and who I 
will be forever.
(Claire with Umi 2001)
I am grateful for my own wonderful mother, who 
instilled the love of motherhood in my heart.
I am thankful for a mother-in-law who is a beautiful example of compassion.
I am grateful to be a mother, and I love raising and rearing wonderful 
children who love God and want to have families of their own one day. 
I am grateful for three beautiful daughters who will one day become
 mothers and queens of their homes.
I am grateful for a husband who loves me unconditionally,
gives me wings to fly, and
shares the joy and burdens of family life.  
Without him, I could not be the mother I am.
And I am grateful for God, who has crowned motherhood 
  one of the most beautiful roles a woman can embrace and receive.  
Motherhood is a calling that has stretched, pushed, taught, 
and molded me into the woman I am today--into a woman of light and beauty.

"Rely on Him.  Rely on Him heavily.  Rely on Him forever.
You are doing God's work.  You are doing it wonderfully well.
He is blessing you and He will bless you,
 even--no, especially--when your days and your nights
may be the most challenging.  Like the woman who anonymously, meekly,
perhaps even with hesitation and some embarrassment, fought her
way through the crown just to touch the hem of the Master's garment, so Christ
will say to the women who worry and wonder and sometimes weep over
their responsibility as mother, "Daughter, be of good comfort; 
thy faith hath made thee whole."
Spiritual Enlightenment:  "Because She Is a Mother"

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