Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Mother's Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ our God Who didst come into this world not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give Thy life as a ransom for many: help me, I beseech Thee in my ministry of caring for the children Thou hast given me. 

Enable me to be patient in tribulations, to instruct with a meek and gentle spirit, to reprimand with inner tranquility and a sober mind, and to serve in humility of heart with love. 

May I thus live in Thee alone, by Thee alone and for Thee alone; showing forth Thy virtues and leading my family upon the path of Thy saving commandments.

That we may glorify Thee together with Thine unoriginate Father and Thine all-holy and life-giving Spirit both in this world and that which is to come.

Friday, June 12, 2015


I sat down to write this post with the intention of complaining. I wanted to vent about how I have such a hard time at the end of pregnancy waiting for labor to begin. I wanted to write about how every minute feels like and hour and days seem interminable. Distraction doesn't seem to work well and I feel irritated and uncomfortable and frankly, I feel annoyed that I'm still pregnant! 

You'd think that by the fifth time around I'd learn to accept this. That by now I would know that an estimated due date is just that - estimated. A particular day on the calendar does not determine when this baby will arrive. I could potentially be sitting around being pregnant for another week or so. 

As I think about all this, I have begun to realize that this waiting time is actually a gift. Waiting provides me with the opportunity to live presently, and to be aware of every passing minute. If I can let go of the annoyance and the discomfort that comes along with late pregnancy, I can really take the time to enjoy and revel in these last days that I have with my other four children. If I am willing I can give them a bit of extra attention and let them know that they are still special to me. I can continue with our normal day to day life without having to deal with the upheaval that a new family member brings along with them. 

So perhaps, by the grace of God, I can take these last few days as a gift. I can let go of the impatience that I've allowed to enter in and just be thankful for this quiet time. After all, the next thing I know I'll be wondering impatiently when I'll next be able to have any quiet time at all! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wednesdays with Words: Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives

Words that have been soothing and appropriate for me these days from Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica:

We must be prepared to accept the will of God. The Lord permits all sorts of things to happen to us contrary to our will, for if we always have it our way, we will not be prepared for the Kingdom of Heaven. Neither heaven nor earth will receive those who are self-willed. God has a Divine plan for each one of us, and we must submit to His plan. We must accept life as it is given to us, without asking, "Why me?" We must know that nothing on earth or in heaven ever happens without the will of God or His permission. We must not become too engrossed with our hardships but concentrate on preserving our inner peace. Even when we are praying for something, we are trying to force our will instead of accepting God's. All hardships and sorrows that God sens us are necesssary for us, but we do not understand this when we are young. When we are older, then we understand that htis is the way God shows His love for us. 

Linking up with Dawn, for Wednesdays with Words.