There is a song I've owned on a Christmas CD that I've heard several times over the years in the past but never really gave a lot of thought until this last Sunday when a lady at church with the most gorgeous voice sang it during our Christmas program. It's called "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)". If you haven't heard it I highly recommend it. I know Jessica Simpson has it on her Christmas album.
Anyway, while she sang this song at church I was really listening to the lyrics, and hearing it for the first time from a mother's ears I found it exceptionally beautiful and powerful, and it just made me think even more about how precious and beautiful this life is and motherhood is. With the good and the bad. We are never alone. This is something I know personally from experience to be an absolute fact and not something that is just nice to say and think during hard times. This knowledge has literally saved my life. And I know my role as a mother is incredibly specific and important. And I feel so honored that Heavenly Father has trusted me with one of his precious angels to raise and love and teach and nurture in this life. And that responsibility and blessing of motherhood doesn't just come from physically giving birth. These sweet spirits come into our care through many different means, and each and every path that needs to be endured to get there is completely Divine and specific for each and every one of us.
This last week I heard the Breath of Heaven song come on my Christmas playlist while I was driving and I immediately started sobbing. I think it might be one of my new favorite Christmas songs.
I am just so grateful... For my Heavenly Father; for his plan of happiness for us; for our Savior's Atonement; His grace; and for his watchful eye over me and my family as we have traveled through our paths here on Earth. My heart is so full. And I am so looking forward to the future and the blessings that I know will continue to come. Life is so hard and unpredictable, but no matter what we endure, we can choose how to get through it and what we take away from it and grow from it. Our challenges are given to us for specific reasons so that we can grow and become who He wants us to be. And no matter what happens, we can choose how we react to it and what we take away from it. We have complete control over ourselves and our minds and our attitudes and our choices in this life. One of my favorite quotes from my father that he said to me once when I was younger was "Don't let the actions and attitudes of others dictate what kind of person you are going to CHOOSE to be." He is so wise and I am so grateful he taught me that powerful, self-empowering life lesson that to this day, nearly 16 years later, I have never forgotten.
This post turned out to be way more spiritual than I originally intended, but I can't help but speak from the heart. It's what I do. So, with that I will say, Happy "Daum Christmas Eve" from my family to yours! God Bless and be merry.
~ Mrs. Daum