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Matthew 5:16

16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

As we have been unpacking in our new home, the kids have been doing a really good job at playing with toys, running around the house, and going outside.

It’s been amazing!

I feel so blessed to move into a new home, have my kids love their new home and feel so comfortable in it.

After much cleaning and unpacking around dinner I started to make our meal. 

I was cooking and I asked my son to pick up his toys before we would eat.

How We Can Handle The Difficult Works

My dad was sitting at the counter when I asked and my son told me no. He was so excited to play with his new toys from the holidays.

I told him I understand he wants to keep playing and having fun. I also understand that it’s not very fun to pick up toys, but I would like him to do it.

He again replied, “no.”

I then proceeded to repeat somewhat the same thing in the same tone. I wanted to be understanding but I wanted him to know that he needed to be responsible for picking up his toys.

At this point he wanted to keep playing and I was still preparing dinner.

My dad was listening and watching my interaction with my son.

My dad told him that he should do what his mom asked of him. My dad then looked at me and said how kind and patient of a mother I am.

I expressed, “I love him and know that we all fall short sometimes, even with listening. I’m not bothered by my son’s behavior. I want to be the mom I want to be. Sometimes that means I will need to repeat myself often so that we can get things done. I also want to respond in the best way I can because I feel better when I do so.”

He then complimented me on how I want to be a good mother.

Growing In Our Best Light

I am grateful for his compliment. I am also aware that I make many mistakes as a mother but that I keep trying. 

This experience was touching to my spirit. 

I felt like I was doing the best I could as a mother and it showed in the best light by the way I felt and it was noticed by another.

I was interacting that way with my son because I hope to lead my home in love and righteousness. I also don’t need to make such a fuss. I probably could try some new approaches as well. That’s the beauty of trying new ideas and learning from mistakes. 

We are all not going to show up our best, clean, think, or do things our best each day. It’s encouraging when others do their best to try that route, though.

I hope to know that on any day I can do my best to be understanding, listen, and be loving to any person that isn’t having their best day or responding the way I want.

It’s not something I will always do perfect at, but I will strive to do my best. 

We all need words of encouragement and love. Love is one of my favorite ways to shine the light. 🙂

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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