Maintaining Motherhood Spirituality: Inspiring Writing

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There's something about the written word that invokes emotions within us that reality has a hard time packaging quite as nicely. It's evidenced by how often we come away from a movie saying, “That was good, but the book was so much better.” When we read, we open up our minds to meet new people. We create in our minds rooms and towns and mystical magical places like Narnia and Wonderland. I don't know about you, but Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory was nothing compared to what I had pictured in my mind. When we read, we allow our emotions to be vulnerable to the writer's will. We leave our hearts in the hands of Gilbert Blythe as we read about Green Gables, we forget that young love is fleeting when we believe in Romeo and Juliet, and we forgot all we thought we knew about wizards as we attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with Harry Potter.

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Allowing ourselves to be influenced by the inspiring things we read—to really feel (even ugly cry)—can bring gratitude, forgiveness, and healing into our lives.

There is something about letting yourself be vulnerable to the written word that is of itself a spiritual experience! I'm not talking about the paragraph you just read five times between diaper changes, phone calls, and sippy cup refills. I'm talking about that time that you've carved out in your day for you—when you can sit down in that comfy chair with that tattered old blanket you love, a cup of hot cocoa, and something inspiring to read. Whether that is a novel, scripture, or even words of another mother, let it be something that will sing to your soul, uplift you, and leave you thinking.

Search out words that are going to help you to learn, help you to feel, or even search out words that will simply help you laugh during a day that was otherwise not jubilant. Allowing ourselves to be influenced by the inspiring things we read—to really feel (even ugly cry)—can bring gratitude, forgiveness, and healing into our lives. 

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I've been surprised by how often I've been moved to tears just by clicking a link one of my Facebook friends has re-posted. Our friends are often in similar life circumstances and, chances are, the things that have touched or helped them feel or learn or grow might help us to do likewise.

As a mom, I know it's hard to carve out time that is going to feel really substantial. Trust me, I get it. In fact, just in the time I've been writing this, I've taken my 3-year-old to the potty, wiped a runny nose, given several redirections, and taken a break to get snacks. So, yes, I do understand that time to ourselves is not a luxury we have an abundance of— especially when we're supposed to be working out, making healthy meals, having great sex with our husbands, making the latest Pinterest craft with our kids, and saving the world. There is a ton on our plates! If five minutes is all you've got— do five minutes! There are some awesomely inspirational bloggers out there, and I can totally read a post in five minutes with a toddler on my hip! I may or may not have been ugly-crying about a blog from a Newtown, Connecticut, mother and squeezing that toddler just a little too tight just the other day, but it made me feel, and it gave me perspective that gave me the boost I needed that day. 

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What do you consider inspiring writing? Do you read from religious texts? What has inspired you?

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Maintaining Motherhood Spirituality: Inspiring Writing

Jeanna Strassburg is a wife, and mother of three, who enjoys kitchen dance parties and summer time! Jeanna received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho in April of 2007. She enjoys spending her time cooking, cleaning and tending to the proper duties of a stay at home mother… NOPE! Truthfully, she enjoys eating the food, but not making it or cleaning up after it. She likes to have a clean home, but loathes laundry and dishes. Loves her children, but coul ... More

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