I heard this quote the other day..."Every Mother has the same mission...to protect her family!" I thought to myself, how TRUE! It seems like to me, that there are many things around us in the world now that are threatening the family. It is a full time job to be able to do all that it takes to watch over, teach and protect your family. I feel as a Mom, that some of the hardest trials I have had to go through, are the ones in which my children are involved. It is hard to see a child hurt or suffer, as their Mother, I would do anything to help ease their pain. As they get bigger and become teenagers, young adults and then adults...that is much harder to do. When they were young, you could pick them up and heal their bruises, kiss away their hurts or protect them from others to some degree, but not so as they grow older.
They have to go out into the world some time, and the world can be a cold, hard place at times. You hope that they have what it takes to go out into the world to socialize, work and live. Each time they trip up, or life knocks them down, I believe it is natural to wonder what you did wrong as a parent. Did we forget to teach them this or that? Oh I am sure that is partly true and false. No parent is perfect, it is hard to raise a family and at the same time, be figuring out your own life and working on your marriage too. You just have to do the best you can, give them all the love, faith and security you can, and from there on...you watch and pray. Yes, you will always be there for an encouraging word, a hug and anything else they need but, they are growing up and sometimes growing up is hard. Motherhood...it's definitely tougher than it looks!
"The bravest battle that ever was fought; Shall I tell you where and when? On the maps of the world you will find it not; it was fought by the Mothers of men"
You [mothers] are the real builders of the nation wherever you live, for you have created homes of strength and peace and security. These become the very sinew of any nation.” Gordon B. Hinckley,
“During my professional career as a doctor of medicine, I was occasionally asked why I chose to do that difficult work. I responded with my opinion that the highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother. Since that option was not available to me, I thought that caring for the sick might come close. I tried to care for my patients as compassionately and competently as Mother cared for me.
Because mothers are essential to God’s great plan of happiness, their sacred work is opposed by Satan, who would destroy the family and demean the worth of women.” ~ Russell M. Nelson, May 1999