Let Us Work Wholeheartedly

Life has been challenging lately. I struggle between doing enough for the children and trying to keep up with the daily duty which seems overwhelming when routine cannot offer its hand in helping to keep days in order. Just when I thought life would be settling because Cricket was here and we were done with our high risk pregnancy, a storm settled in right over us and hasn’t let up yet. It’s been a perfect storm of doctors, specialists, lab checks, ultrasounds, dentists, oral surgeons, pediatricians and repeat visits to all aforementioned medical professionals with accompanying visits to labs and pharmacies. A storm of aging parents-in-law, asthma attacks, toddler’s head meeting cement driveway, potty training with subsequent daily wall washings, front porch falling apart, husband’s work vehicle in hospice care after an expensive resuscitation, and lawnmower dying in an unceremonious heap.

I have been praying for a gentle mother’s heart, a heart like the Blessed Mother’s. It’s been a prayer very near to my heart. When life speeds up and roars past, I confess I am not as patient or gentle as I should be or want to be. I’m in checklist mode trying to simply get through the list of the day and catch up with what didn’t get done yesterday. That is not the kind of mother I want to be. That is not the kind of mother my children need. A dear friend of mine shared this inspiring quote from the Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco that really spoke to my weary self and inspired me:

St. John Bosco writes:

“Courage, let us work wholeheartedly for (our children) youth. Let us do all we can for God’s glory and the welfare of souls. (Again the welfare of our children’s souls.) Up there a great reward awaits us, the same as promised to Abraham: ‘I am … your reward exceeding great.’ (Gen. 15:1) At times we may feel tired, exhausted or overwhelmed by ailments, but we must take heart, because up there we shall rest forever.”

Work with whole hearts – not the leftovers – not half-hearted – but with courage and supernatural strength and vision. This is what I want to give my children. St. John Bosco lifts me up and inspires me for the work ahead of me. Storm or not, my children need joy in their lives. They need to feel secure in the love their daddy and I have for them. They need to see the goodness and mercy of God working in our lives. Providing those things is not found in the complicated or contrived, but in the simplicity and quiet rhythms of the everyday. I seek to provide moments that nurture my children’s souls.
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  1. OK….so I’m starting at the beginning of May. Doing a little catching up while we “have some tea”! I”m enjoying our “visit” catching up on things over the past month or so.

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