01 May 2013

You are mighty, because you mother {A Mother’s Day video}

A while back a production company contacted me to ask if they could turn a post I wrote into a short Mother’s Day video.

I said yes. Because, of course. Awesomeness. And this month of remembering, recognizing, celebrating and thanking mothers, friends may you be reminded that there is nothing ordinary about what you do.

You are mighty, because you mother.

{If you’re reading via email, here’s the link to the video. I promise it’s worth clicking through.}

And yes, absolutely feel free to share this one with the moms in your life!

The (real life) dictionary definition of “mother.”

The tired mother’s creed.


{ Leave a Comment }
  1. 1

    Oh, my gracious. Lisa-Jo! I’m sobbing, actually sobbing. Beautiful. So beautiful! Will be sharing, absolutely. And bless you for your words and your ministry here.

    • 2
      Lisa-Jo says:

      And the thing is, even though I wrote this, it felt totally new when I watched it and I sobbed my way through it too. This business of being mothers – holy ground this.

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    Have I mentioned lately how much I love the way you do what yoy do? On this night as I sit beating myself up, feeling I have failed to fight and to listen and to give all that I am suppose to give, beacause the day was long and I am weary and tired and maybe a little bit bruised….moments after I have texted and apologized and asked forgiveness from my big kid, the one who is twenty, the one who often gets what is left over after all that I have poured onto his little brothers. Moments after I sink chin deep into the tub to cry and wander over for a little cheerleading….I find this. Bravo for doing it again, and glory to God for using you to get to me. Sometimes us mamas need reminders that we are indeed mighty. Thank you.

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    catlin Evans says:

    This is so beautiful! I’m going to show it to my MOPS group here in Australia tomorrow. Hopefully they won’t mind the references to “diapers” instead of “nappies”. Thanks for this…

  5. 6
    Deidra says:

    Definitely worth the click. :)

  6. 7
    Jennifer says:

    Yes, Awesomeness is right! Wow. Just so beautiful, those words of yours. Thank you.

  7. 8

    Oh my goodness!!! I am is tears!!! Awesome, beautiful, and absolute perfection!!! Thank you!!!

  8. 9

    So beautiful!

  9. 10

    Nicely done!

  10. 11
    Amanda says:

    So well done. Started my morning with joy-filled tears about this career God has given me!

    Did you weep when you heard & saw your words this way?

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      Lisa-Jo says:

      I so did. It was strange to feel so emotional about something I’d written. But the way JourneyBox interpreted it – just flat out blew me away.

  11. 13
    Sommer says:

    Tears…again! Just Beautiful. Fight on, warrior moms!! The battle is already won through Christ and I’m so glad about it.

  12. 14

    Gracious! and might I add Graciousness!!! Love your heart friend. Now I must find the kleenex. Love you, friend!

  13. 15

    This is exactly what my heart needed… thank you.

  14. 16

    This is a stunning video, based on your stunning piece of writing. You are a talented writer! ANd you are obviously a strong Christian woman, so I find it strange wishing that that ONE line about Jesus had been omitted, so that this very universal message could have been shared even MORE universally — to mothers who believe in a G-d with a different name.

    I’m wrapping my brain around the semantics of it.

    I’m a Jewish girl, and I wept through the whole piece. I, personally, loved this. But I know I can’t share it on my blog — as it will alienate my Jewish readers. Or my readers who don’t identify with Jesus. It doesn’t mean you have to do anything differently, but I just thought I would share my appreciation and then my hesitation. My feelings about the things that bring us together and the things that keep us apart.

    With an open heart.

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      Lisa-Jo says:

      Hi there Renee. I so appreciate your tender, thoughtful comment. Thank you for taking the time to share with me. And you’re right, this video and the post it is based on are not meant to exclude anyone from the conversation. The post is meant to celebrate, to recognize, to encourage the beautiful work of mothers everywhere. It’s a testimony to our stories. The thing is for me the Storyteller is Jesus. Editing Him out changes my story. So I offer it tenderly to the women who walk this hallowed, holy, Cheerio-encrusted ground in the hopes that what we have in common will always be more than what separates us. Always.

      With grateful thanks for your heart and your words

  15. 18

    There you go again putting courage IN with your beautiful bold words. Thank you, Lisa-Jo. And the way they used the door . . wow! The courage it takes to open or close that door! Profound.

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    It is an absolutely tough time in mothering for me at this very moment. I cried at the first line. Thank you for your words of inspiration and I’m thankful for the video that put feet to those words.
    God’s abundant blessing and continued grace to all moms <3

  17. 20

    I cried. That is awesome.

  18. 21

    Wow, powerful.

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    Erin Redick says:

    Holy cow woman…what a Godsend! You are amazing. I still don’t understand my struggles as a mom but you get them. You really get it. Thank you for sharing your gift of insight with us all!!

  20. 23

    Very sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  21. 24

    this. this is just what this warrior needed today.

    yep-it is not ordinary, this job-thank you for the reminder.

    thank you for sharing the words and the allowing the gentle of whisper of Jesus to use you to encourage me, to bolster us-this group of moms.

    thank you.

  22. 25

    Wow, I totally sobbed! So beautiful!!

  23. 26

    Thank you so much for sharing this video! I can’t wait to show it to the girls in my Moms to Moms group; a mentoring group at our church that I co-lead. This totally sums up what we “seasoned” moms try to instill in our younger mothering sisters – you are mighty and called and you can do it because He has given you everything you need for this life! Thank you!

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    Sopping up tears….is it okay if I use this in a church service on Mother’s day? Just what I needed to be reminded of as I signed papers today to homeschool five of my six kids – never have had them all home…so scared.

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    I know I already tweeted you about this but…had to come back…so beautiful, powerful and moving. I have cried several times over it and shared it a lot with others already!


  26. 29

    Well this is just the totally awesomest of awesomeness! {don’t I have a way with words? ;) }

  27. 30

    Oh, the tears! Wow. Thank you, sweet sweet friend for how you show women who God made us to be. Not beaten down, wearied by motherhood — but mighty warriors. Tonight I’m tempted to feel the weariness, but I will choose to feel His strength. Thank you for your words, for your obedience to Him. I love you so much!

  28. 31

    Just, wow! So powerful …your words and how you encourage…Thank you, Lisa-Jo :)

  29. 32

    Love this! So. Beautiful. :-)

  30. 33

    Thank you, Lisa-Jo. Your writing, this video, it struck a chord deep in this heart.

  31. 34

    Oh glory. The holy tears and the pain and the redemption stories and the everyday everydayness of it all…this is so beautiful. Thank you.

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    Stephanie says:

    I’m so glad I saw this. It’s great. I loved it. We can all totally relate to those video clips. Thankful for all these gifts God has given you (& the video people :)) to speak to us. God is good! xx

  33. 36

    I had lunch with a friend who is having a tough week as a wife and mom. I just e-mailed this to her. Thank you!!!!

  34. 37

    Thank you so much for sharing this, so much encouragement for the “down” day you feel like nothing you do matters!

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    Frances says:

    Tears, pouring down my face.

    So beautiful. Thank you!!

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    Wow. LOVED this video. I’m new to your blog & just saw this. It was just what was needed this morning. Thank you so much for sharing.


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