I was recently stopped at the grocery store by the daughter of a friend who was so kind and thoughtful, thanking me for something I had done. It was a random encounter with a stranger that has happened before and leaves me feeling a bit sheepish yet loved. I am so awkward during those kinds of exchanges because I am just a regular kind of woman.
I associate with women far superior to me on a daily basis, including this beautiful woman at the grocery store.
They are seemingly ordinary women, my neighbors, friends, and family members. You know the kind, at least I hope you do. They serve without being asked. They find a need and fill it. They love when it feels impossible to love. They do really hard things but when asked reply, "it was nothing." These are the women that make the world go around. These are the kind of women that create change, perhaps not in huge flashy ways that the world honors, but in the fundamentally powerful ways that are the core of humanity.
I'm talking about the women in our lives that go unheralded. From day to day they get things done never realizing the impact they are having on the people around them, on me. Quite often I hear them say there is nothing special about themselves, but the reality is they are women that should be receiving the highest honors.
As I thought about the photo I could include in this post and scrolled through the many photos in our library I found that I couldn't choose just one. I wished I had a photo like this one with each of the women I love all together in one spot.
So today I honor those women in my life to build me up. You might not even know the influence you have on me, but you have. My life would be very different without you, the unsung heroes. I think you are the kind of woman that Linda K. Burton (on a side note: I use her full name as a sign for respect, but I would love to just call her Linda because isn't she a friend. Also, it would drive me nuts if people always addressed me by my full name.) was talking about when she said, " I have read and passed over the seemingly unremarkable expression “certain women” numerous times before, but recently as I pondered more carefully, those words seemed to jump off the page. Consider these synonyms of one meaning of the word certain as connected to faithful, certain women:“convinced,” “positive,” “confident,” “firm,” “definite,” “assured,” and “dependable.”4 ("Certain Women," General Conference, April 2017.)
I am so thankful for the way you inspire me. You know who you are. I hope you know how much you mean to me. Even if we don't really know each other in real life, an email, a comment, a grocery store conversation bless my life. We are all in this together. Our trials and our triumphs; our weaknesses and our strengths all help us walk along this path towards our Savior. It is through Him that we find true peace.
Full disclosure: Deseret Book sent me a book to review and because I'm celebrating Easter with another giveaway I went bought two more to give to you. If you would like a chance to win one of the books leave a comment sharing your favorite woman in the scriptures. I will announce the winners on Monday, April 2, 2018.
Watercolor on the moleskine cahier was a little weak. I couldn't find a gold pen so I broke out the glitter and a glue pen. I forgot what a mess the glittler makes. I've been sparkly all day long.