Inspirational Parenting Quotes – How I See My Calling

By Eren Mckay  
Filed under Good Parenting Skills

When I saw this picture the other day I was very touched. I immediately felt that it had a deeper meaning. And so I just looked at it for a little to discover why it was that it touched me so…
Take a moment to look at this picture and think about what it means to you:

Each person will feel and think different things when they ponder it. After I looked at it for a while, it came to my conscious mind that it is a symbol of how I view my calling as a mother and homemaker.

Each button represents everyday tasks I perform as a parent.
Small acts of kindness…

The thread that ties the buttons together represents what unites all of my actions- the ever present reason for everything- the love that I have for them.
And all of the buttons thread together form a beautiful heart.

The heart represents each child. There’s a quote that says…

Having children is like having your beating heart walking on the outside of your body.

And that describes so well what I feel for my boys. I’m sure if you’re a parent, you feel the same way.
Each time you wash the dishes, read them a story, pack a lunch or iron your children’s shirts you are adding one more button to the heart. You are building them up.

The ministry of mothering is a very fulfilling one. As mothers we pay attention to small things and these are what fills our hearts. Maria from Conversations with Moms wrote a post about simple things that make her proud as a mom. Focusing on those results like Maria did really encourages us as parents.

Nurturing our children brings forth character and other fruit in their lives. We can’t physically see the results of all of our acts but we know that they are being built up spiritually. Parenting is a much higher calling than achieving any material goal. You are completing the wonderful ministry that God has placed in your life.

Visualizing this heart really encourages me as a parent. Does it encourage you? What thoughts come to your mind with this image?Please share in the comment section below.

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23 Comments on "Inspirational Parenting Quotes – How I See My Calling"

  1. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Jo,
    So glad this encouraged you. shared this with my boys and they got tears in their eyes.
    Blessings ♥,

  2. Jo Princess Warrior  

    Love this. I especially love visual pictures. What a great way to look at mothering. xo

  3. Sire  

    That’s pretty good Eren. All I thought was that it was probably a gift that some child made at school for his mom for mother’s day.

    You are right though, we do so much for out kids and all without a thought for ourselves. All we hope is that they learn from us and grow up to be responsible adults.

  4. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Sire!
    After I read this to my kids my youngest son said.. “That’s really deep mom!” He’s so cute 😉
    I think dialogue is essential to build character in them.
    I always look for interesting, fun and deep things to share with them at family time.
    Blessings ♥,

  5. Sire  

    Yep, that’s me in a nutshell, deep and cute. You just have to love kids don’t you? They’re such a source of inspiration and there are times when you can be having such a crappy day when a couple of choice words, or a spontaneous action of some sort, and everything is fine again.

  6. Eren Mckay  

    For sure Sire,
    One of the things that encourages me is that not only am I a source for their growth but they are a tool that God uses to help me grow as well.
    Now that they are a bit older they actually help me out which is a huge contrast to the first 7 years of their lives. I’m loving this phase. Best parenting phase yet: this age of 10- 12- totally awesome!
    Blessings ♥,

  7. Sire  

    Yeah, they were the good years. It’s a good thing that God give patience to those who ask because some parents find the real fun starts from 13 and on 😉

    BTW, could you tweet me the link to that video again?

  8. Eren Mckay  

    Hey Sire,
    I guess I’m in for treat then, eh? Just tweeted the link to you 😉
    Blessings ♥,

  9. Maria @ Conversations with Moms  

    How symbolic for you to use those buttons to talk about Parenting. Loved reading this post. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog in it.

  10. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Maria!
    So glad you came by. I’ve been thinking of mentioning you on my blog for a while now since yours is a blog I thoroughly enjoy reading. The love you have for your children in evident and shows in your posts and inspires me.That’s why I thought of you when I wrote this. I want others to know about your blog too 😉 .
    ღ Blessings ღ,

  11. BK  

    After reading through your representation of the buttons, the thread which joined the buttons and forming the heart, it certainly brought a new level of understanding and I, too, can relate to what you have shared with us. It was no wonder that you were so touched.

  12. Eren Mckay  

    Hi BK,
    Yes I believe as parents we need to always listen to that still small voice which inspires us to be dedicated. There certainly isn’t enough recognition in the world for what we do as parents (in my opinion).
    This kind of visual keeps my spirit encouraged to love more, to do more.
    ❀ღ✿ Blessings ❀ღ✿,

  13. Ana Goncalves  

    Dear Eren,
    That’s a very purposeful way of connecting the picture with love and what it means for you to be a mother. I understand how you feel, even not being a mother myself. I have the empathy of acknowledging and understanding your love as a mother for your children, and this stems from the deeper connection we all have as human beings and the universal love that we all share.
    It is wonderful to be back on your blog, and I hope you are well. 🙂
    Love the pinkness.

  14. Louis  

    Hi Eren, that’s really deep.

    Maybe mothers see things very differently from dads. =)

    I’m impressed how you related and tied up the buttons, thread and heart.

    I love your quote… it’s really true that having children is like having your beating heart walking on the outside of your body.

    It’s really a blessing that you are able to grow with your children as a homemaker.

  15. Eren Mckay  

    @Ana – Yes love is the beginning of all things. Without love, all would be lost. We should always have love in our hearts and if we see a root of bitterness sprouting up because of hurt we should always work through it and not allow that it come in. Bitterness kills love and joy in our lives. Thank you so much for coming by and leaving such thoughtful comments.

    @Louis – Your comment now sparked up another understanding of the heart. The heart can also be interpreted as my own person. The buttons are the lessons I learn from my children. Each day that I spend time with them I learn something new and they help me grow and be “pieced together”. God uses our children to help grow us as people to become kinder, more patient, more loving, and more humble. Great to meet you Louis!

    Blessings ♥,

  16. Pepper  

    I love this, I love your imagery and your description for each part of the button heart, now I want to make one to remind myself.

    I’m glad you found me on twitter!

    I am going to add you to my weekly post, Super Surfing Sunday, linking to my fave blog posts.

  17. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Pepper!
    I’m so glad this inspired you. If we can continue to be inspired as parents we can create an environment of true love and acceptance. This is my biggest goal in life. so glad to have connected with you.

    ღ❀ღ Blessings ღ❀ღ,

  18. Melody  

    What really strikes me about the image is how tightly knotted or knitted together the buttons are, no matter the shape or size the buttons fit, they are part of the whole – hopefully no matter how different a chiild is from the family s/he will fit and feel loved.

    Another thing that talks to me with this is the transparent lucidity, the pearly white lightness – which can only come from being in a family where there is love. The openness to be who you are, sharing only your truth – this encourages outstanding connections and love between families – and isn’t this what the family is all about?

    Thanks Eren for the opportunity to comment.


  19. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Melody!
    That’s a beautiful correlation of the button sizes and the individuality of each one fitting in. Also the true transparency of the buttons being a metaphor for the openness that should always be a part of the family is beautiful too.
    I always tell my boys that I love them just the way they are. The fact that they know this allows their self esteem to grow and also helps them discover new things about themselves since they have an emotionally safe environment.
    Thank you so much for your deep insights on this picture.
    Blessings ♥,

  20. GAflygirl  

    it at first glance makes me think of the love of a child. it reminds me of mother’s day as a child. the gifts that meant the most to my mother were the handmade ones, made with love.

  21. Eren Mckay  

    Yes – it also reminds me of the hand made crafts that i made for my mom when i was a wee one. Simply love it.
    Thanks for stopping by ♥

  22. Sam Orchard  

    My thoughts instantly fell to a shell necklace I made for my mom when I was about 3 years old. I’d completely forgotten about it, and don’t think I’ve even thought about it since I was around that age. It’s crazy how these little moments stay with us.

  23. Eren Mckay  

    @Sam – Yes… tiny objects .. memoirs from our childhood. They have so much meaning because they make up our identity. The love that our moms and dads have such a huge part in identifying the very fiber of our being. Thanks for sharing your story.
    Blessings always,

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