Motherhood is the most challenging journeys that I’ve been on. In all honesty, I feel discouraged by it every day and sometimes wonder if I have what it takes to do it all over again tomorrow.
As another tantrum breaks out because I told the toddler that he couldn’t comb his breakfast with my hairbrush, or the baby spits up all over the both of us two minutes before walking out the door, my heart and mind can quickly fill with lies from Satan. I soon become hopeless if I allow those horrible lies to seep deeper into my heart.
It is vital for me to fill myself to the brim with words of truth so that those other voices have no room to live within me anymore. This looks like daily Scripture reading, memorizing verses, playing worship music in the background, and also looking to amiable authors and fellow mommas for encouragement.
The following are quotes, written by Sally Clarkson, Scripture, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and others, that I found particularly inspiring and wanted to share with you today. May the words that these individuals wrote both challenge and encourage as you take a moment to ponder them.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.1 Peter 4:10-11
“A partnership with God is motherhood;-Mary Wood Allen
What strength, what purity,
what self control, what love,
what wisdom should belong to her
who helps God fashion
an immortal soul.”
“Is there nothing to sing about today?-Charles H. Spurgeon
Then borrow a song from tomorrow: sing of what is yet to be. Is this world dreary? Then think of the next.”
” Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”Philippians 4:8
-Laura Ingalls Wilder
“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness – just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”
“We are called to fill our minds, hearts, relationships, homes, and families with God’s beauty and grace.”
“It is one thing to go through a crisis grandly, but another to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, no one paying the remotest attention to us.”-Oswald Chambers
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”Deuteronomy 6:6-9
“My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning, and may be many; but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother…”-Marmee (Little Women)
“I always wanted to be a hero–to sacrifice my life in a big way one time–and yet, God has required my sacrifice to be thousands of days, over many years, with one more kiss, one more story, one more meal.”-Sally Clarkson
Find More Encouragement
- For the Homemaker | Quotes to Encourage | Part Two
- The Far-Reaching Rivers of Life | Oswald Chambers
- The Lord Will Guide You Always | Charles Spurgeon
- Classic Fiction Books to Inspire a Quiet, Simple, and Slow Life
- A Prayer for Mothers | Fortitude