Mothers-Don’t give up

Mother.

I think I often take for granted how strong I am as a mother and how deep my influence is. I think about how I change diapers, wash in between his toes, scrub his hair, and spread the peanut butter on his sandwiches, and wonder if what I say is even sinking in.

“Am I even making a difference? Will he remember what I’m trying to teach?”

For the first few months as a mother, I almost felt like my efforts were in vain. I talked, giggled, laughed, read to, and sang to my son that was almost completely unresponsive. I held on conversations with him, even though he didn’t answer back; I told him my deepest dreams while we played; I told him of my deepest convictions–yet nothing. I almost felt silly at times. On the surface, it seemed there was no hint of understanding.

Mothers-Don't give up

Then, he began to talk. He began to respond. Now he even talks back and we can carry on a conversation. But, now I almost wonder if he hears me when I tell him how much I believe in God, how I know He hears my prayers, how I feel peace when I read His word. He runs from toy to toy and it feels like the words of my heart go in one ear and out the other–and that’s if I get lucky and they even get in the first ear at all.

But, despite all this, I have the firmest belief that in some small way he understands. He may not hear my words or listen to a complete sentence I say–but he sees me day in and day out. He sees that I care about people, he knows that I invite him to pray with me when I’m about to lose it and need extra strength, he knows that every night-without fail-we read God’s word.

We live our beliefs.

I have to think that someday he’ll look back and it will sink in–it will sink in deep.

I hope with all my heart it does.

I know that as a mother, my daily actions have more power than I realize, even if it seems like he’s not listening, we’re both crying, and there is peanut butter in everyone’s hair. I know that the simple things I do, that I feel go unnoticed–are not.

The things you do don’t go unnoticed either.

When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? – Neal A. Maxwell

Mom’s lets remember the influence we have. Let’s remember that the words we speak, the songs we sing, and hugs we give don’t go unnoticed–even if our babies are speechless and our kids run around like crazies. Because what a sad thing it would be if we gave up–if we looked around amid the chaos and threw in the towel.

Momma–don’t give up. Keep talking to your babe who can’t talk back and keep teaching that child who doesn’t have a moment to listen. Because soon, they’ll know and we’ll be glad we taught with our hearts and didn’t give up.

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8 thoughts on “Mothers-Don’t give up

    • I’m so glad you could relate, Emilee! I feel like it’s what I’ve been needing to realize, too. These little boys of ours can really get busy! 🙂

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    • I know, right? I feel like motherhood is the ultimate refiners and polishing stone for us. It teaches us, humbles us, and then brings us the most joy imaginable. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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  1. We have had some serious “in one ear and out the other” moments lately with all three of our older boys…and this very thing–am I even making a difference?–has crossed my mind more than once. I love this post! It hit close to home, and was just what I needed to read. Thanks, Marla!

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    • Chelsi, I can only imagine that with the excitement of another sibling, all ears are closed, body parts are going crazy, and mouths just keep chatting. 😉 I am positive you are making a big difference, Chelsi. You are doing so much good and I can only imagine your young boys running around the house will one day be wonderful husbands and fathers to their own crazy boys 🙂 I hope things are going as well as possible and that you are recovering well. 🙂 Thinking of you!!

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  2. An excellent post, Marla, and a feeling I’m sure we’ve all had MANY days in this journey of motherhood….you’re exactly right….keep calm and carry on…..it’s always a surprise when you see down the line how very much does get in there!

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    • What a comfort your words are, Torrie. It’s so nice to have a friend who has already tread the waters I’m currently in and has optimistic words to offer. Thanks for your sweet comment! 🙂

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