Sundays are hard for moms. I’m not sure what is more difficult, keeping up with all of our children and our Sabbath Day responsibilities or feeling guilty that we’re not finding the Lord’s day more of a delight. We know that mothers of all ages struggle to create a picture-perfect Sabbath Day, perhaps that is why President Henry B. Eyring gave the talk, “Gratitude on the Sabbath Day” (General Conference, October 2016). Maybe President Eyring knows that we have a lot of work to do, but the key to making the Sabbath a delight isn’t by creating our own perfection, but by being grateful for the Savior’s perfection.
The key to making the Sabbath a delight isn’t by creating our own perfection, but by being grateful for the Savior’s perfection.
Let me give you an example: Years ago, while walking the halls of the church house with an over-active one-year-old, my neighbor stopped and talked with me. She shared with me memories of her husband serving as bishop while her kids were young and how she wondered why she should even come to church when she spent most of her time in the hallways with wiggly children. She didn’t give me any great advice or even words of encouragement. She just gave me understanding and acceptance of my situation that she knew would be over all too soon as my children grow. My neighbor didn’t give me the solution for perfection, but her desire to be a part of my life and share my concerns is definitely something I was grateful for that day.
I’m sure that all of us can name a million other small acts of service, influence, friendship, teaching and love that have influenced our lives. Each has given us a greater desire to serve our Heavenly Father and have become a never-ending source of blessings.
President Eyring taught: “Just as we sometimes cannot see the results of our own service given on the Sabbath, we may not be able to see the cumulative effects of other servants of the Lord. But the Lord is building His kingdom quietly through His faithful and humble servants, with little fanfare, toward its glorious millennial future. It takes the Holy Spirit to see the growing grandeur.”
Think of that! Think how the cumulative effects of all of the people and situations in your life have influenced you! Think of how these cumulative effects are multiplied over and over with every member of your ward and family. Think of how these cumulative effects go forth throughout the world to bless all of God’s children! It truly does take the Holy Spirit to see this growing grandeur. Our attitude of gratitude, particularly on the Sabbath Day, will give us the ability, through the Spirit, to recognize the smallest blessings. Even something as small as a neighbor taking a minute to share sympathy in a trial as small as a busy toddler during Sacrament meeting.
As we practice recognizing and showing gratitude for our blessings, we will begin to see blessings even in times of trial. President Eyring explained, “I have felt that transformation of growing gratitude for blessings and a love of God increasing across the Church. It seems to accelerate among members of the Church in times and places where there are trials of their faith, where they have to plead to God for help to even carry on.”
President Eyring is giving us the key to survive even the greatest trials when he said, “You might well be wondering what you could do to live and worship on this Sabbath day to demonstrate your gratitude and to strengthen yourself and others for trials that lie ahead.” President Eyring continues, “You could begin today with a private and family prayer of thanks for all God has done for you. You could pray to know what the Lord would have you do to serve Him and others. Particularly, you could pray to have the Holy Ghost tell you of someone who is lonely or in need to whom the Lord would have you go.”
As mothers, we know that grateful children endure trials and frustrations better than the children who are skilled at complaining. Mothers know, perhaps more than anyone, how powerful an attitude of gratitude can be in the home. Let’s make sure we use gratitude to help us through our trials and make the Sabbath more of a delight.
Author Jenny Baker lives in St. George, Utah and is proudly married to Blake Baker. They are the parents of five, wonderful daughters. Jenny has recently traded in her life of directing and teaching music for a full time position as the primary educator in the lives of her children.
Jenny is one of the founding members of Gathering Families (www.GatheringFamilies.com) where she works with other women throughout the United States to promote the family and encourage moms and dads to become INTENTIONAL PARENTS in order to help safely guide and protect the rising generation through the challenges of this ever-changing world.