I used to think that I had to do something amazing to help our loving Father in Heaven. It didn’t matter if this “amazing act” was done in the church or in the world. But it had to be done. I just didn’t know what.
Sisters and friends, let me save you your sanity and tell you a secret: this isn’t true. Important things are good and need to be done. But, those who have a lasting and eternal impact on standing for our Father in Heaven and His plans do so quietly and within their sphere of influence. They are the unsung heroes that the angels watch over.
You don’t have to change the world to change someone’s life. No organization you lead or leadership role you hold will have a greater impact on the world than that of the roles you hold dear in your heart.
Mother. Sister. Daughter. Friend. A daughter of God.
These roles are eternal where others will have an end. These are the roles that truly matter where all others will fail.
Let me share with you three ways how you are already standing strong in your life. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that they aren’t as difficult as you might think.
- Standing for Womanhood
When I was a little girl I saw around me men who were doing incredible things in leadership roles and responsibilities in church and in the community. I would often think to myself, “Where are the girls? Don’t they get to do anything?
It was through life’s experiences as I became older that I began to see where these women were hiding and the irreplaceable role they were playing.
These women are the ones who spent countless hours being the rock and the reason for stability in their home. They are the ones who are always giving and serving willingly with no thought to themselves. These are the women who often held a child in their arms (most often to help a young mother), deliver a meal, or lend a smile.
Too often we don’t think we’re making a difference from all of the laundry we fold, the dishes we wash, the scrubbing we do, the meals we bake, and the countless hours we spend just listening.
But we are. You are. It’s in these simple, quiet acts of love that you are providing a home where people will come in and feel at peace. They will feel God’s love for them.
You can’t buy this kind of peace, comfort, and stability. You have to create it, work for it, and continuously nurture this type of home and environment. It’s not easy, but blessed is the woman who never gives up but keeps on trying. For this is the woman who will stand the tests of time and will be called blessed by heaven and her loved ones.
- Standing for Family
While my sweet husband was working on his Bachelor’s degree, I had the opportunity to work as a chaplain for a hospice company. During this time, I became close friends with an elderly man who lost his wife.
During one of our visits, he said to me, “She was my light. She did everything to bless and strengthen this family.” He went on to express his tender feelings of not feeling worthy to have his wife in the eternities. He would repeat, “I could have done more during her time of need.”
Sisters, you matter more than what you give yourself credit for. You’re loved deeper than you realize and what you do does matter. People are watching you, they are looking to you as the example of womanhood and righteousness.
There are plenty of women who will tell others what it means to be a woman. But those who love and cheerfully live what it means to be a woman of God are those who are desperately needed.
Keep standing up for the family. Love your husband and be as happy as you were when you two first met.
Continue to love, teach, serve, and bless your children. Give yourself permission to put down your phones and spend tech-free time with them. Laugh and be silly with them.
It’s in these small moments that you and they will remember most. These small moments are what will begin to build the strong foundation of the eternal blessings that wait for you and your family.
These are the moments that will provide strength in an ever darkening world. For “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” (Alma 37:6).
- Standing for God
Be happy and unapologetic to stand strong for our Father in Heaven. Whether you have one child or ten children, whether you’re unmarried or married, whether you’re young or old, it doesn’t matter. What matters is your reaction and action to life.
Wear a smile on your face, share your love for family and for the love and strength that can be found in womanhood as defined by God, and I promise, your enthusiasm will be contagious. You’ll be a force to reckon with in God’s plan on this Earth.
As we stand for womanhood, teach our children and those around us, and stand firmly and faithfully for our Father in Heaven, we will be blessed and strengthened to do so.
The Holy Ghost will be our constant companion to reaffirm that what we are doing is right and true. I pray for God’s wisdom and strength to be with each of us as we continue standing in our lives.
Micah Klug, author of “50 Freezer Meals: Easy Dinners for the Busy Family” runs a lifestyle blog to help people strengthen their home, faith, and family by living simple without losing quality or sanity at www.HomeFaithFamily.com