Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Motherhood is a Prayer

Being a religious person, I turn to prayer often. 

I pray when I am grateful.

I pray when I am anxious.

I pray when I am in need of a blessing.

I pray and it makes me better. It builds my faith. It humbles me as I submit my will to my Heavenly Fathers. Prayer gives me opportunities to refine myself as I seek to change my heart. 


I've been a mom for TWO YEARS now! I really can't believe it. It feels like yesterday I laid my eyes on her beautiful face for the first time and experienced a love like no other. I experienced the beginning of change. Of a change in heart, self, and pretty much everything else in my world. 

Motherhood is a prayer. 

It is an opportunity to exercise and build faith. It is living in a constant state of gratitude. It is living in a constant state of humility and refinement. It is an opportunity every day to change your heart. 

I'm so grateful for the prayer of motherhood. It's changing me every day in millions of ways. I most definitely fall short, but I think that's the point. Because motherhood teaches me something else--something I've had a very difficult time learning and understanding:

Motherhood teaches me grace.

I have to believe in 2nd (and 3rd, 4th, to infinity) chances to be better and to try harder. I can see the love my daughter has for me--just for being there each day--even when I'm so imperfect. I can see motherhood offering me up a lifetime of grace--of chances and forgiveness. 

For that I am so grateful. The prayer of motherhood is the most spiritual conversation and conversion I've ever known. 

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