Rediscover your “Why”

Irene Alexander // Genius of the Call


January 21  

Ever feel unmotivated in your motherhood? 

Like your life is just an endless, half-finished “to do” list? 

Do you ever have days where it feels hard to get excited about the day-to-day tasks of being a mom?

You’re not alone! 

The good news is that you don’t have to feel stuck either. The new year is a GREAT time to spend some time reflecting on your “why.” In fact, most people don’t keep their new year’s resolutions because they don’t have a strong enough “why” to keep them pushing through the challenging moments. 

And in family life, there are many challenging moments. So, let’s build up a super strong “why.”

What’s the reason why you embrace the extraordinary vocation of motherhood—why is it important to you? 

If your initial, foggy-brained, pre-coffee thought is, “Uh . . . because I have kids, and they are constantly hungry and need me,” I totally hear you! But let’s get a hot cup of java, sit down for one minute, and dig a little deeper. 

What makes being a Catholic mom important to you?

Here are a few ideas to get you started . . . but feel free to create your own list!

  • The love I pour into my home every day transforms everyone’s life. 
  • It’s an amazing joy to know that I can uplift the burdens of the little people I love the most.
  • Loving my kids is my generous response to God’s even greater generosity towards me.
  • God has given me these kids specifically because he knows I’m the mom that they need. No one else is!
  • The world is such a crazy place right now, and I believe the biggest impact I can make for the good of society is to raise happy, holy kids. As they say, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”
  • There’s some soul outside of my home who needs a spiritual mother’s love, and I can offer my frustration with [insert the ridiculously annoying thing my child is currently doing] up, with the confidence that, through Christ’s grace, my love right here can impact a soul I’ll never meet in person. If St. Therese could do it . . . why not me?

So now it’s your turn. What’s your “why”?  If you’re doing it right, it’s going to feel really powerful. And why shouldn’t it? Motherhood is one of the most powerful forces for creating the goodness that our world desperately needs. 

You are powerful beyond measure, and it feels good to know it. 

Proclaim the Genius & Share!
  • Yes! I love this! thanks, Irene 🙂 I had been thinking about St. Therese and offering up frustrations for someone I don’t know. This is a good reminder.

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