motherhood is courageous

This post is for mostly for me. For me to summon up my own courage and to give myself a little grace. This past week has been rough. We have had some family issues going on and just some big growing pains. And I have allowed myself to spiral into a depression of sorts. To wonder why I keep making dinner or cleaning the house or doing anything.

But as I was taking my kids in the jogging stroller this morning and trying to run and just find myself again, this quote popped into my head. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that say’s I’ll try again tomorrow” I have always kind of wondered about this quote. Until now, until today, until being a mother. Because sometimes I feel like the mistakes happen faster than the shining moments and I find myself having to apologize and facing my weaknesses as a mother and a person over and over and over again. But this quote (also, it was quoted by President Thomas S. Monson in his message, “Living the Abundant Life” which just makes me love this quote even more) makes getting each morning and trying again, just a little bit easier.

It is empowering to feel that I am being courageous when I just tell myself that I will try again tomorrow, that I can try again, that I can do it. And that if I fail again, which I continuously will do, that I can have courage, I can have faith, I can try again, I can rely on the Savior, I can trust His grace, I can repent, I can change, I can try again tomorrow. We all can.

Growing up, Cinderella was always my favorite Disney movie. Which was rather ironic considering we didn’t even own that one and I didn’t watch it that many times. But I just loved it. Cinderella was the epitome of a princess in my mind. She overcomes hardship and trial and hatred with kindness and friendship and love. She doesn’t speak a word of unkindness but endures and trusts. Anyways, when the new Cinderella movie came out a few years ago, it almost instantly became one of my favorite movies. I love it. But more importantly, I love the message. “Have Courage and Be Kind.”

I want to stamp that on my heart. Be kind and just keep trying to have courage, keep trying to get up and be a little better, to have the courage to not give in, to not give up, to not surrender. To have the courage to believe that what I do matters. To have the courage to keep trying.

So mamas, this is our day to have courage. We can do this great work of motherhood and we can do it well. We will fail, we will falter, but we will not be defeated. We have the Lord on our side. We can have the courage each day to face it all, to do His will, to be molded as mothers and women into what He would have us become. We can have courageous hearts.

You can find the PDF version of this little quote that I designed by clicking the green link below. It’s a 5×7 size and is just perfect for printing out and putting in a pretty little frame by your bedside. I know that’s what I’ll be doing with it.

Happy Monday, Mamas.

Have Courage 5×7

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  1. Caitlin

    May 16, 2017 at 3:49 am

    I love both of those quotes too! You are such an amazing mother, I look up to you so much!

    1. Emily

      May 16, 2017 at 4:14 am

      Thank you Caitlin! I look up to you as well! Can’t wait to see you soon!

  2. Megan

    May 18, 2017 at 12:25 am

    The new live action Cinderella is one of my favorites as well even though the original animated wasn’t my favorite, largely due to that quote of have courage and be kind. Definitely an important mantra to carry in our hearts as mothers. Love your message and for the reminder that we can try again each and every day. Heaven knows I need lots and lots of do-overs!

    1. Emily

      May 22, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks Megan! Love ya!

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