A three-course post

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I really think that someone who understands life as a mother of small children should invent a “stink detector.”  Lately, my days have been riddled with phantom odors that I can neither find nor identify.  It’s making me crazy.  If there were some kind of contraption with a raunch radar that could beep when you’re closer and closer and give you some kind of bacterial analysis and tell you what’s causing the smell, THAT is what I would call making the world a better place.

(Now wasn’t that appetizing?)

Main course:

Matt and I went out on a date last weekend and played this free “game” at Borders.  We had 12 minutes to go find a few books that the other person would just love, then we met up, showed each other our books, sat on a couch and perused them.  One of the books Matt picked for me was “Mother Teresa, in her own words.”  Anyway, I read almost the entire book while Matt flipped through tomes about Chinese characters, the founding fathers, and Native American historical sites.  She had so many great things to say, that Mother Teresa, but one that really jumped out at me was this (paraphrased, because I didn’t actually buy the book):

“God doesn’t expect us to be successful.  He expects us to be faithful.”

I’ve been thinking about that for days, and how true I think it really is.  God can be successful with or without our help; he’s omnipotent for heaven’s sake (no pun intended)!  He only needs our faith, our devotion, our heart.  Then He can work out our salvation.  It made me reflect on how much I’m always trying to “accomplish,” when really I should just be increasing and acting upon my faith in Him.  It was a quite liberating moment of enlightenment that ties in nicely to all the thoughts I’ve had recently (and we’ve discussed here in the comments and beyond).

And there was one other thing, too.  Mother Teresa worked with lepers and poor people tirelessly.  One person commented to her that they wouldn’t touch a leper “for a million dollars,” to which she replied (paraphrased again), “I wouldn’t do it for a million dollars either.  I wouldn’t do if for two million dollars.  But I would do it for the love of God.”  How cool is that?  It made me think of how so many women today opt out of motherhood because they wouldn’t make all that hard sacrifice even if someone paid them to do it.  I’m no Mother Teresa, but I have to agree that I do the hard things I do because of the love of God… the love I feel for Him, and the love I feel from Him when I do what he asks of me.


Behold, a little Clark video we made to share with grandparents.  Please do not tell me what a stellar mother I am, or how I’m doing a great job and all that other nice stuff you might be compelled to say (and that grandmothers are obligated to say), but you really should see this because it is SO sweet.  Also, don’t be distracted by the sound of a dropping toilet lid in the background.

This is seriously just a simple case of great kid.  (His idea, his testimony, his conviction.)


18 thoughts on “A three-course post

  1. Lots of luck with that stink detector–I understand. It can be so frustrating.

    Mother Theresa was amazing. Love the quote. We are told all the time that our faith is all we really have to give. It’s certainly easier to have faith when everything is running smoothly, but those times we struggle we really need to learn to have faith and turn it all over to Him.

    Love the video–I’m sure his grandparents were so touched to watch it.

  2. Now, you’ve really got a good idea with that stink detector thing.

    I love Mother Teresa. I was talking to a friend this morning and I was telling her that living the Gospel is not practical. Sometimes things don’t have to make sense (like the fact that helping a friend drive to the doctor doesn’t seem like a sensible way to spend your free day) because the Gospel isn’t about always doing the easy, sensible thing, it’s about doing the right things. So I love the thing about it not being successful (or maybe what someone else would qualify as a “successful” way for your time or life to be spent), but it’s about being faithful. She’s good stock, that Mother Teresa.

    Sweet Clark. I love it. So sweet I forgot to listen for the toilet.

  3. Oh, please please please, invent the stink detector. It’s vital now that I’m preggers and my nose is on overload. He’s too polite to say so but my husband thinks I’m crazy.

  4. Clark IS a sweet kid! You should be so proud of him!

    And that date sounds like a lot of fun. We used to do Barnes & Noble night in our pre-kid lives. Now that we have no budget but can eeck out some date time, we should do that again. I like your game suggestion.

    I also enjoyed the Mother Teresa quote. I’ve been going through what I term a ‘Mid-Mom Crisis’ as all my children are in school full-time now. It just seems like it’s time to check the next big goal off the list- except I don’t know what it should be. Perhaps I’m not sure what it should be because that ISN’T what I’m supposed to be doing? Perhaps more focus on ‘faithful’ and less on ‘successful’ would be the way to go. Thanks!

  5. A completely filling three-course post. 🙂
    1. I totally agree on the stink detector…ah, the mysteries of motherhood.
    2. How many times can I read a post of yours that inspires me to delve into a subject during my scripture study? I love the Mother Teresa quotes…I feel like I’m breathing better already from the peace contained in them.
    Oh, and I love your date night idea.
    3. Can I just pinch Clark’s cute chubby cheeks? He’s so adorable!

  6. That is one of the most beautiful testimonies I have ever heard! It is so succinct, and powerful. It makes me somewhat sad when people give a travel log, or go on and on. Experiences may help to build our testimonies, but they are not testimonies. How beautiful to hear such conviction out of one so small. Really, it brought tears to my eyes.

  7. 1. Stink detector is a great idea. Because haven’t you ever sniffed so hard trying to find the source of the smell that you end up quite light headed??

    2. Great date night idea! We might have to try that sometime. But my dh is probably afraid that he would never be able to pry me away…

    3. Beautiful testimony–brought tears to my eyes. What a sweetie. He’s obviously been taught well.

  8. so sweet and sincere…makes all the not so sweet moments worth it! Thanks for your thoughts from Mother Theresa. What a wonderful woman she was…she has a special place in heaven for sure.

  9. Seriously, you always inspire me to step away from the vampire books and fill my soul with goodness. Thanks for this great post.

  10. So sweet! My 3-year old has recently started bearing his testimony all on his own. It is so very special. I will have to record it, like you with Clark. Thank you for sharing something so special.

  11. “It made me reflect on how much I’m always trying to “accomplish,” when really I should just be increasing and acting upon my faith in Him. It was a quite liberating moment of enlightenment.” Ditto … I need to remember this, ALWAYS!

    Such a tender moment with Clark!

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