Sunday, March 27, 2011

As thy days may demand, So thy succor shall be


I know that not all who read my blog are mothers, but many of you are.  My heart goes out to you.  And I was thinking about you and of myself as a mother today at church when we sang the hymn "How Firm A Foundation."  This hymn always touches me.  But today as we sang it, a line that I have sung a hundred times before stood out to me differently. 

The line comes at the end of the second verse and it reads, "As thy days may demand, so they succor shall be."  I had never thought much about the line before, but today when I saw it my thoughts immediately turned to motherhood. 

I have a firm testimony that motherhood is a divine calling.  Since my daughter was born I have had countless experiences that have strengthened that testimony.  Perhaps of those experiences, the most easy to recall are all of times when she's been upset or fussy or on the verge of danger and the Spirit has whispered to me a word of counsel, advice, or warning. 

How many times I've held my crying daughter in my arms, utterly unsure of how to help her, and then had the Spirit whisper to me something like, "Maybe her teeth are hurting," I have no idea.  And then, of course, the moment we get the medicine to help her teeth feel better, the crying lessens and before long the peace and calm of a happy or sleeping daughter returns. 

Nor could I count the number of times I've been busy doing something in the kitchen, not worried about and not paying attention to what she was up to in the other room and then--always out of nowhere--the Spirit warns me, "Go to her."  On more than one occasion I've found my daughter standing on the ledge inside her closet or on top of the little table in her room, on the verge of danger and waiting to be rescued.

These experiences build my faith and encourage me to be a better mother.  But there are other encouraging, faith-building motherhood experiences which also touch my heart and bless my life.  I think they come most often on the days that seem the worst.  The days when Olivia has been crying or fussing constantly.  The days when I'm just too tired.  The days when everything I try to do fails.  The days when--if there were a way out--I'd take it.  Just hand my daughter off to a babysitter and take the rest of the day off.  But of course, as mothers, we rarely get the day off.  And so, somehow, we must find a way to make it through.

It is my quiet, simple testimony that Heavenly Father is always there to help us on those days.  When we feel like yelling he can soften our hearts and help us have peace.  When we're overly tired he can bless us with the energy to go on.  And when we truly can't go on he always has a way of sending relief. 



To every mother who has ever felt overwhelmed I say, hang in there.  You are doing the work of the Lord.

11 comments:

Julie Rosenhan said...

Thank you so much Katie; this is exactly what I needed.

alisamm said...

Oh my gosh...Just wanted to tell you that this very morning, right after sacrament meeting, before primary was to start (and I really needed to be in there because I was the only one from the primary presidency there today) I had a not so bright and shining moment with my three year old. Needless to say, it set the tone for the rest of my church experience today. I feel so badly about how I handled the situation but you have reminded me of the Divine help and support that is waiting for those who ask...next time I will pause...I will listent...and I will respond differently. Thank you. I know that Heavenly Father wants me to succeed as a mother.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for that Katie! Sometimes it is really hard to remember that. It is also amazing how much God helps us, and we don't even realize it. Motherhood is wonderful, but that doesn't make it easy. Thanks for your sweet testimony!

Amanda said...

I love this post! :)

Sarah said...

Thanks for your testimony, Katie.

Jenn Girl said...

So true!

Jess said...

thanks Katie, for this post! I've been struggling with how to discipline Sadie lately, and it helps to know I'm not alone-there are lots of women in the same boat! And motherhood is awesome. ;)

AmAzOn said...

THANK YOU so very much for this post!! It was so touching and VERY true. It means A Lot to know that someone out there feels exactly the same way I do. THANK YOU!!

Lisa Lou said...

yesterday we had a lesson on choosing faith over doubt, fear, the unknown, etc. You're post goes along perfectly. I'm excited/anxious to be a mother, but I know that the Lord has helped in the past in any new adventure (school, mission, dating, grad school) and He'll help me now (wife, school, moving, life, babies, etc). By choosing faith over anything else that may be scary, I submit myself to His plan and it's always the better plan.

Melissa said...

Thank you for this Katie! I love reading your blog. I am glad that you can share this with the world and that I am able to read a bit of your world. I know how days can be like that, I am sure that they will be the best memories when our kids get older. :D

Starving Student Survivor said...

The Spirit is infinitely more beneficial than even the best parenting books. Thanks for reminding me that I'm not alone in this.