I really appreciated the story by Carolynn R. Spencer entitled "Was I Living The Gospel Fully?" in the July edition of the Ensign magazine. Spencer talks about how, after a day of taking care of a house full of sick children, she felt guilty when she read the scripture in Jacob 2: 19 which talks about how to live the gospel fully we need to:
"... to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted."
She felt overwhelmed thinking, "How can I feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick, and help people spiritually when I can scarcely take care of my own family?" Then she had an overwhelming insight that what she was doing as a mother was living the gospel fully. She had spent all day feeding her hungry, naked and sick children and she knew that God had accepted her offering.
Because my own life has been a crazy whirlwind and sometimes it is all I can manage to get dressed in the morning and chase around a little 19-month-old, I really appreciated this insight. I think one of the things that women forget is that the nitty gritty every day work we do as women, wives and as mothers is IMPORTANT work and that God recognizes and accepts the sacrifices we make. I've written before about how the women at the empty tomb were the first to get to see and touch the resurrected Christ because they were there doing the nitty gritty women's work of taking care of Christ's body. If women don't get enough credit and recognition for their work that they do for men and children it is our failing as a society, and not God's. I know that God notices women and that He blesses them for what they do for His children.
This knowledge gives me a lot of peace right now because in all honesty it has been hard for me to do much more than just take care of myself and my family. While I still think it is important to find time to serve others and to respond to the prompting that God sends me I find peace in knowing that I am
clothing the naked,
feeding the hungry,
and administering relief to the sick,
and the afflicted,
and that in a BIG and IMPORTANT way I am helping to build and strengthen the Kingdom of God.
I just need to give myself more credit and realize that there I am doing exactly what God wants and needs me to be doing right now. Even if sometimes it isn't that glamorous and probably won't get written down as scripture. God knows what I've been up to and that is what counts