I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!
Mine was just lovely.
A day spent together with my family, my dear Mom, a Skype visit with my mother-in-law, brunch at a nearby farm, and time to fill my heart with sweet memories.
As a mother, I think the greatest virtue I have had to acquire is patience.
It's the trait that allows us to endure the hard things and then wait for the good.
I believe that when you lack patience, you focus so much on yourself that you are unable to be generous, kind, and giving to those around you amid the many challenges that come up in everyday life.
Oh boy....have I ever been there!
Because let's face it: patience is essential to many circumstances in life.
I wait on the laundry, the kids getting ready to leave the house, the doctor visit, the dentist.
I wait to hear good news from a friend, I wait in line at the grocery store.
I wait for hearts to heal and hurts to mend.
But do I stop to really see the gifts around me while I wait?
Rather, patience preserves that peace in your mind and gives you courage.
For me, the Lord has been gently tapping on my shoulder...reminding me to see the gift in waiting.
Fully slow and focus a mind that races to see the outcome.
To look before my eyes and take in the gifts at hand and to be thankful.
Rather than being so overcome by the problem or task at hand, practicing patience and slowing allows you to live virtuously.
Patience brings forth an inner strength that grants you the ability to live life gracefully...even under pressure.
To care for those around you and put their hearts ahead of your own.
This is motherhood summed up in one sentence :).
I think as a mother I always feel this certain "rush" to do something while I wait on something else.
Multitasking and hurrying throughout my day to try and finish more and more.
Perhaps missing the moment in the wait to be patient and see what is set before me....
Maybe my little one asking a question that I am too hurried to really answer.
Forgetting to look around to see who might need an uplifting word, help with something, or just a little more of my time.
Everywhere...even in the grocery store waiting in line.
Instead of grappling with my thoughts on what I need to do next, maybe I need to chat with my children, or another person in line.
Patience is the virtue that gives you freedom.
Freedom to know that in waiting there is a reward.
Like the farmer who patiently waters his crop....knowing that it will bring forth growth.
I want that kind of growth and motherhood has fine tuned that yearning in my heart.
Hope your day is wonderful and full of patient blessings!