Oh, That’s Why I Feel This Way

My children are on spring break. I’m baking a cake for a friend. I’m driving kids to friend’s houses. I’m starting garden plants from seed. I’m planning a birthday celebration for my son’s 12th birthday. I’m patching holes in six-month-old pants. I’m babysitting. And I want to finish our 2000-piece puzzle before the first day of spring because the warmer weather is calling us outside. I want to do all these things . . .

Getting ready to bake my cake

. . . but often in the midst of it, I spill something on the floor.

The baking soda spilled on the kitchen floor

That’s when I need this—a reminder to women about why we feel the way we do:

By divine design a woman is fundamentally different from a man in many ways. She is compassionate and seeks the interests of others around her. However, that compassionate nature can become overwhelming for women who identify far more to accomplish than they can possibly do, even with the help of the Lord. Some become discouraged because they do not feel they are doing all they should do. I believe this is a feeling that many worthy, effective, devoted women of the Church experience.

And a hint for the men in our lives about how they can help us feel better:

Therefore, as a husband or son, express gratitude for what your wife and mother do for you. Express your love and gratitude often. That will make life far richer, more pleasant and purposeful for many of the daughters of Father in Heaven who seldom hear a complimentary comment and are not thanked for the multitude of things they do. As a husband, when you sense that your wife needs lifting, hold her in your arms and tell her how much you love her. May each of us ever be tender and appreciative of the special women who enrich our lives.

from a talk given by Richard G, Scott, October 2008

What about you?

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3 Comments

  1. ph
    Mar 18, 2009

    I am ever grateful (and never take for granted) the fact that we get homemade bread on a regular basis. And it’s always a different kind.

    You do good work. And, you’ve learned how to not take on too much–most days!

  2. An Ordinary Mom
    Mar 18, 2009

    I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have thought about this talk … and the ones President Eyring and President Uchtdorf gave in this same session of conference. I feel like they were given just for me 🙂 !!

    One line that really sticks out to me is this, “even with the help of the Lord.” Yes we must be doing all we can to build the kingdom of God in our home, Church and community, BUT we must not run faster than we have strength.

  3. Rebecca
    Mar 23, 2009

    I don’t remember this talk. I’m going to have to look it up. It’s what I need to hear TODAY!!! =) I always want to do more than I can do. And when I attempt to do that, nothing gets done well. Better to choose a few good things at a time and do them well. There will be a time and a place for the other things later.

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