I was reading in the Book of Mormon one morning this week and read about how Nephi watered his pillow with tears, praying over his people, and how he knows that “the Lord will consecrate [his] prayers for the gain of [his] people. And the words which [he has] written in weakness will be made strong unto them” (2 Nephi 33:4).
That part about the Lord helping turn his weakness into something that will bless his people reminded me of a line from “Because She is a Mother” that I love:
When you have come to the Lord in meekness and lowliness of heart and, as one mother said, “pounded on the doors of heaven to ask for, to plead for, to demand guidance and wisdom and help for this wondrous task,” that door is thrown open to provide you the influence and the help of all eternity. Claim the promises of the Savior of the world. Ask for the healing balm of the Atonement for whatever may be troubling you or your children. Know that in faith things will be made right in spite of you, or more correctly, because of you.
These words have brought me a lot of encouragement and comfort since I heard them in April 1997. I am so grateful for living prophets and apostles who are inspired to know to say just what we as mothers need and yearn to hear: that our efforts do and will bless our children’s lives.