Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Unexpected Lessons

When I saw Chocolate on My Cranium's topic for this week's Wordfull Wednesday, something I learned from motherhood that I didn't expect, I drew a blank.  I still didn't have anything come to mind until I saw The One Minute Writer's prompt, write about something you put a lot of time into practicing. 


The word "expect" from the Wordfull Wednesday topic threw me for a bit.  I expect motherhood to be challenging, I was having trouble pinpointing a specific lesson.  My first thought to The One Minute Writer's prompt, was motherhood.  I've put a lot of time into practicing being a good mother.  Through that practice, I've learned patience, dedication and finding joy in the journey.  I've learned no one can do my job as a mother to my children the way I do it.  

I'd have to say the most profound lesson I've learned from motherhood is to trust my instincts.  So many of the mistakes I've made as a mother (and as a person) have been when I believed someone else's opinions were as valid as my maternal instincts. 


My oldest child called me last week with some concerns about her pregnancy because the doctor said this and this person said that.  My advice was to sit down and relax for a half hour and listen to what she felt.  The greatest gift I could give her is the confidence to listen to her instincts.  When my children were little, I heard dozens of stories where mom knew something was wrong with her child before the doctors could get the tests to prove it.


We have an incredible responsibility in raising children, and Heavenly Father has given us a powerful tool to help us do the job as He would have it done.

11 comments:

RJR said...

Instincts are god given and always right !!! My biggest regrets in life have always followed a denied instinct.

On a different note I was SHOCKED to read that you were old enough to have a pregnant daughter.. You picture doesn't give that impression. Life must have treated you kindly :)

RJRdaydreamer

Julie said...

Cool! I like that very much! In this world there are SO MANY opinions, but listening to the Spirit is the best! :-)

{leah} said...

You are spot on!! There are so many times that I have relined on my own instinct {Spiritual guidance}, and I never expected that I would relie on that so much.

Thank you for your post!

Brian and Michelle said...

Thanks for your post! There are so many people willing to give opinions, which are good in their proper place. It's good to be reminded that our own instincts are important, too.

kjha said...

That is such a good lesson. somedays I wish I could go back and use my instinct on a couple of occasions! Live and learn...

Raejean said...

First off, John you are my new favorite reader! I like to think I'm a young grandma to be at the age of 40, but some days I feel really old.

Thanks for all the comments about the importance of being in tune to the spirit and trusting Him. It's reassuring to know I communicated my point and I'm not alone in my beliefs.

Carrie said...

I agree 100%! Your instincts trump any advice anyone can give you.

JRoberts said...

Instinct, or the spirit, is truly an amazing thing. What a blessing to have this wonderful gift as mothers!

Oh a side note, my mom was 42 when she became a grandma the first time, she still gets it from people, she is too young to have a 12 year old grandson. :)

Raejean said...

J - My mom became I grandma at 38. She thinks I'm getting off easy.

C. Beth said...

Such a great point! Our instincts as mothers are a gift. And sometimes I think God also puts certain people in our path that shed light on areas that need attention.

Thanks for linkin' up. :)

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Motherly instincts are not to be dismissed but listened to for a reason. Such a good reminder.

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