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Tips for living: How to recognize 'The Measure of a Mother's Heart'

By Tara Creel

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, May 1 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

Utah author Toni Sorenson doesn't believe Mother's Day should be the only day mothers are celebrated and made to feel special. She encourages readers to recognize the mothers around them and be grateful for all they do. Mothers need to stop worrying about what they don't get paid to stay home, she writes.

"The only real treasury capable of holding a mother's due wage is in the measure of her heart," she said.

Here are some inspiring insights on how to measure a mother's heart from her recent 16-page booklet "The Measure of a Mother's Heart: Inspiring Insights for Women" (Covenant Communications, $2.49).

Mother's shouldn't use the role of motherhood to compare or discourage others or themselves. "If the voice inside your head isn't encouraging and edifying you, if it is not a whisper of hope, then it's not coming from Christ," she wrote.

Women don't need to give birth to be a mother. A women's influence is far-reaching. "There is a sister at the back of every chapel who slips out early on Mother's Day before the potted plants or pamphlets are passed out. Remember her and thank her for all the mothering she's done anyway," Sorenson wrote.

Nothing will prepare a woman for the role of motherhood, as well as hands-on experience, whether they are their own kids or someone else's. "Your on-the-job-training best qualifies you for that sacred position," she said.

Motherhood is: Hazardous, confusing, complicated, wrenching, worth it.

When the role of motherhood seems overwhelming, mothers must remember Heavenly Father entrusted these children in their care. "He trusts you! Don't doubt yourself; God has confidence in you," she said.

No matter what a child does, he or she is still in need of love: "We don't give up on our child because God has not given up on us," she wrote.

The three main things to do as a mother: Believe in God. Believe in yourself. Believe in your child.

Tara Creel is a Logan native and mother of three boys. Her email is taracreel@gmail.com, and she blogs at taracreelbooks.wordpress.com.

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