One of my favorite stories of encouragement is about St. Teresa of Avila, she’s also one of the Doctors of the Catholic Church, & a woman who did not give up easy. One time when she was traveling, the cart she had tipped over and she fell into a muddy stream. As the story goes being pretty ticked off at the fact that she was doing God’s work & being tossed into the mud St.Teresa looked to heaven and cried, “God, if this is the way you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few of them!”
Why is a lady yelling at God after being tossed around in the mud so encouraging you might wonder? Well it is because it reminds me that when things are bad God can take me letting Him know how I feel, He is a friend that can take it. And EVEN the Saints had rough days & had days that were a struggle. Knocked down in the mud kind of struggles, she had a literal day like that not just the figurative days that we all might face.
But you know what she got back up and continued to do what she needed to do. If she could get back up & continue on, after being tossed in the mud, then I can. There are days when it’s been a real struggle for me & knowing that I can get back up, mud & all, and be stronger in the process helps me see a future where those struggles can help deepen my faith, my relationships with family & friends, and my life even if at the time I want to let God know how ticked I am.
She’s also the patron saint for headache suffers, most moms might be able to benefit from her help in that department too. Not that I’m saying anyone’s kids give them headaches. But if they did, for example Mr. J when he was in school was asked by his teacher “What do you give your mom?” The question was part of learning about loving family, talking about giving family hugs, helping each other, & kind words etc… His answer with a big smile “She says I give her a headache sometimes.” Now Mr. J those are loving headaches.