Here are a few more lessons that can be learned from mothers of old...
4. During the great migration to the West, I have read of accounts of women giving birth to children in a covered wagon along the bumpy trail. Picture the comfortable maturity rooms that we have. The wonderful bed that goes up and down, the clean sheets, the ice chips, the nurses and doctor. How did these women not become bitter and resentful to husbands that forced them to leave a comfortable home for a “better life” out West? They left children behind in unmarked graves they would never see again. Children that had been run over by wagons, bitten by poisonous snakes and killed by cholera and other ravaging diseases. Again, no grief counseling, they just had to keep going. They had to prepare the next meal, wash the next load of laundry. There were no pills to take for depression, no time to be taken off to recoup. It was a hard life and for women to survive it, they became as tough as nails.
5. Recently, I watched a movie called, “Trojan Women”. This movie had a haunting scene that I will never forget. The wife of the king of the city of Troy had been captured. Her husband was killed and her son (the next heir to the kingdom) was taken. They brought her son to her to say goodbye. They had orders from the conqueror to kill him. They couldn’t let this 4-year-old boy live. I watched as the poor mother did everything she could defend her son from an army of men. When she found out he was to be killed, she let out a wail that was hard to describe. I thought to myself, “This has to be a mother’s worse nightmare. To not be able to defend your child from death. Whether it is natural disaster, famine or sword, it must be the most painful experience you could have.” She placed herself in front of her child, only to be dragged off of him. Tears came to my eyes. Her protector gone, she finally had to surrender him.
6. I think of the Native Americans. What did they do for diapers? What did they do when their child was sick, vomiting and had diarrhea in the middle of the night. How did they deal with the same problems that we deal with now?
When we think we have it so bad, lets not forget these mothers of old. Because of their strength, we have a rich history. Many of these mothers relied on the wisdom of the Bible. If they couldn’t read the Bible, they would hear the Word read from their husbands, or by going to church. It gave them strength to carry on, in the midst of depression, hardship, and dealing with death after death.
Can we learn from them? Can we take these principles, look to our God and realize that we DO have everything that we need? The rest is gravy, simply gravy.
God bless you as you continue to faithfully mother your children. Let us keep pressing on towards the goal of raising godly children who will effect the next generation and many more to come.
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball