Inside you’ll find all the ways a mother’s love is needed in this world.
“Be a mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth.” MP Hinckley
A mother’s love is like nothing else in the world.
It’s both strong and gentle.
Loud and quiet.
Unrelenting and yielding.
Protecting and releasing.
Demanding and unassuming.
It’s one thing in one moment, and another in the next moment. It changes with a child’s needs, but is always there. Unmoving.
Founded on the rock of the mother / child bond.
A mother’s love is different than flimsy affection
The love of a mother goes to extremes. She requires her children to read two books a week then submit book reports to her which she marks up, hoping they won’t notice she can’t read (source).
The love of a mother sacrifices her own security. After an adoption loss, she uses her own home as collateral to fight for her child (source).
The love of a mother is primal. When faced with grave danger she will stop at nothing – and spare no one – who threatens the lives of her children.
The love of a mother is sobering. Rose Colored Glasses give way to fear, worries, and doubts for her children’s safety because, now, life is about more than having a good time.
A mother’s love is different in different seasons
The love of a mother turns her attention to her little ones and away from former hobbies, interests, and pursuits that are too costly and self-focused.
The love of a mother makes time to pour into herself, knowing it’s the best thing she can do for her family.
The love of a mother says I will do that Big Thing later because, right now, I have more important work at home.
The love of a mother doesn’t use children as an excuse to put off the Scary Task she is called to do right now, knowing that the choices she makes now affect all her children’s futures.
A mother’s love helps her do the absolute best she can, and that’s good enough
The love of a mother nourishes her baby at her breast day to day – sometimes hour to hour – though she hasn’t had a full night’s rest in years.
The love of a mother accepts her child needs more nourishment and nutrients than she has to give, and thanks God that sometimes formula is best.
The love of a mother carefully selects ingredients and meals for her children to help them grow strong, healthy, and boost their immune system.
The love of a mother serves canned fruit and processed meals, balancing the worry that fresh food would be better, but $20 only goes so far.
A mother’s love means different things to different women
The love of a mother helps her stay in a hard marriage when it’s best for the kids because she knows the security and well-being of her children is more important than feeling butterflies.
The love of a mother gives strength to overcome fear of the unknown and flee the family home for the sake of her children’s safety.
The love of a mother spends thousands of dollars each year to give her children the best opportunities and education money can buy.
The love of a mother sees her child’s spirit withering at school, and decides to homeschool her in a place of safety and belonging.
The love of a mother says I will keep you, raise you, and love you though I am neither prepared nor ready for this job.
The love of a mother carries to full term only to give her baby to those who’ll raise him in a way she knows she cannot.
A mother’s love looks different in different places.
The love of a mother will place her family on a boat to flee a war torn country, risking peril in hopes of finding safe haven.
The love of a mother suppresses guilt and jealousy as she drops her baby off each morning at care. Wishing she could do that work, instead of the work that puts a roof over their heads.
The love of a mother sustains her when there is barely enough food to feed her children, much less leftovers.
The love of a mother says I will birth, love, and cherish you though my government considers you inferior.
The love of a mother says I don’t care what other people think or say about my choices. I will do what I think is best for you, even if it isn’t popular, because popular only counts in high school.
And I’m too old for that.
The love of a mother looks different in each woman, but deep down… it’s what unites us.
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