Wednesday, December 28, 2011

From Irritation to Tireless Tenderness

"When I see my children through Kingdom-eyes, their vices aren’t irritations that bug me and cause me to be angry; they are offenses that sober me and call me to the tireless and tender action of praying for, teaching and tending the garden of their souls.

My children are the very happiest when I have loved them enough to require gratitude, obedience and honor. Their little faces light up into mine when they sense my tenderest sincerity toward their character."

~Kelly Crawford at Generation Cedar

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thank God He's the Only Potter

"Thinking that my kids’ success or failure is dependent on my ability as a mother is putting myself higher on the totem pole than I belong. Higher than the God who’s got the whole world in His hands. The God who loved my kids to the cross, through the grave, and back. Yes, I play an important role in my kids’ lives. But God is the real worker in their lives, in me and through me and around me and sometimes in spite of me.

I cannot mess up God’s plan for my children’s lives.

Even in my worst, weakest moments, I do not possess that power.

~Mary at Owlhaven
Good Mom, Good Kids?
Author of A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Little Girls Are...

"Little girls are...
A sweet new blossom of humanity, fresh fallen from God's own home, to flower on earth."

~William Massey

Monday, December 12, 2011

Shaping Habits Early

"Teaching gives knowledge. Training gives skill. Teaching fills the mind. Training shapes the habits. Teaching brings to the child that which he did not have before. Training enables a child to make use of that which is already in his possession.

Training is a possibility long before teaching is."

~H. Clay Trumbull
Hints on Child Training

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Mother's Battle Cry ... Remember the Good!

"We moms are generally privvy to our children’s worst attitudes and moments, and as we seek to train them in righteousness, it can feel discouraging to encounter the same sins, bad attitudes, and failings again and again. Some days it can feel like we’re making no headway, so why bother even trying?

The fact is that God is at work in our children, and He gives us glimpses of this all the time (if we’re looking for this).

Let’s be mothers who capture the God-moments in the lives of our young children, praising God for them and storing them like snapshots in our hearts that we can pull out to encourage us when the times get tough (because of course they will!)."

~Susan Arico at Souls in the Sandbox

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Take It All to Him

"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden."

~Corrie Ten Boom

Monday, November 21, 2011

Life-Giving Instruction

“The truth of God’s Word – about God’s reality, about wisdom, about faith – is to be spoken of constantly in our homes. Talking, talking, talking to our children all the time about everything…This constant talking and instructing is what was modeled by Jesus while he lived with his disciples and prepared them to be leaders of the faith when he went to heaven. It is significant to me that, in recording the last evening he spent with Jesus, John took four chapters to record all that Jesus said to them. He talked and talked and talked to them.”

~Sally Clarkson
The Mission of Motherhood

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ourselves: The Hardest Kingdom to Conquer

"The secret of homemade rule is self rule, first being ourselves what we want our children to be."

~Andrew Murray

Thursday, November 17, 2011

He Will Help You

For I am the LORD your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

~Isaiah 41:13

Monday, November 14, 2011

Disappointment and Complaints

"Everything about which we are tempted to complain may be the very instrument whereby the Potter intends to shape His clay into the image of His Son.

A headache, an insult, a long line at the checkout, someone's rudeness or failure to say thank you, misunderstanding, disappointment, interruption. As Amy Carmichael said, 'See in it a chance to die,' meaning a chance to leave self behind and say yes to the will of God, to be conformable unto His death. Not a morbid, martyr complex, but a peaceful and happy contentment in the assurance that goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives.

Wouldn't our children learn godliness if they saw in us the example of contentment instead of complaint, acceptance instead of rebellion, and peace instead of frustration?"

~Elisabeth Elliot
Keep A Quiet Heart

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Quench the Anger Fire Before It Consumes

"Anger devours almost all other good emotions. It deadens the soul. It numbs the heart to joy and gratitude and hope and tenderness and compassion and kindness."

~John Piper
 This Momentary Marriage - A Parable of Permanence

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mothering Failures Needed for His Kingdom

"The Bible teaches it’s not my own good parenting choices or how together I am as a mom that God wants me to feel confident about.

Paul said it this way, “I place no confidence in the flesh…” (Phil 3:3)

I’ve learned that failure can, in fact, be very useful because it exposes the object of my faith.

God has allowed me to be utterly broken as a mom in order for me to get this lesson right. In it all, He has shown me He wants me to transfer my trust from myself (my good choices, my hard work, my skills and abilities, my wisdom, etc) to Him and His character. Because God’s good plans for my life and my children’s lives never depended upon me in the first place. "

~Arabah Joy

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Faithful in the Little Things

"The Lord has asked us to be faithful in the little things. Do we dare ask to do great things for God if we neglect to obey Him in the small things? No, our first step is to obey Him in the things He has already asked us to do.

Jesus commanded His disciples to be witnesses first in Jerusalem, then in Judea, then Samaria, and finally, to the uttermost part of the earth. In the same way, the very first place God sends each one of us is to our own families.

It is easy to treat our relationship with our brothers and sisters as unimportant, but it's not unimportant in God's eyes."

~Sarah Mally
Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends

Monday, October 31, 2011

Refreshment for Discouragement and Daily Drudgery

Oh, faithful mother, please do not despair,
In God's perfect plan you do have a share,
To fulfill your destiny planned from creation
Which is to nurture children and build a nation!

You're walking in the footsteps of Jesus your Lord
Who sacrificed all, His life He out-poured,
He didn't cling to His rights with selfish futility,
He didn't claim any privilege, but walked in humility.

He gave up His life to save millions of others.
This principle works in the lives of all mothers.
When you lose your own life, you'll find it again,
A rewarding life, without guilt or shame.

So lift up your head, embrace your calling so high,
You're in God's perfect will; there's no reason to sigh!
You may often feel worthless ~ don't listen to this lie;
Your influence goes higher than the clouds in the sky!

~Nancy Campbell
Excerpt from poem, Motherhood Is Not for Wimps

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mold Their Hearts For Him

"A good character is the best tombstone.
Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered.
Carve your name on hearts... not on marble."
~Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our Inheritance from Our Father

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.

~Psalm 127:3 (ESV)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rejoicing in A Sibling's Stumbling

"When a child is about to be disciplined, and others are delighting in this, stop and read Proverbs 24:17-18 and 1 Corinthians 13:6 with your children. Ask them to tell you what God does when others rejoice over the fall of their enemies? Encourage them to look at their own hearts. What are they doing when they rejoice over the fall of family members that they actually love? Are they pleasing God with their attitudes? What does God want them to do instead of taking pleasure in the downfall of someone else?"

~Pam Forster at Doorposts


Monday, October 10, 2011

Showing Our Children that We Like Them

"We must practice joy. We must learn to not only love our children, but learn to like them as well. We must look into their eyes and hearts and smile…
Great big no-strings-attached smiles.

Even when you are tired or don’t feel like it or have said the same thing over and over all day long.
Don’t just love your children.
Like them."

~Amy at Raising Arrows

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Requiring Obedience Blesses Our Children

"If we fail to require obedience from our children, we become a stumbling block for them.
Luke 17:2 explains that it would be better for us to drown in the sea with a millstone tied around our necks than to cause a child to stumble.
We are robbing our children of the blessings that God intends for them when we fail to require obedience.
Ephesians 6:1 says, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and your mother' - which is the first commandment with a promise- 'that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.'"

~Ginger Plowman
Don't Make Me Count To Three

Friday, September 30, 2011

Love is the Foundation

"If I talk to my children about what is right and what is wrong, but I have not love, I am like a ringing doorbell or pots banging in the kitchen. And though I know what stages they will go through, and understanding their growing pains, and can answer all their questions about life, and believe myself to be a devoted mother, but I have not love, I have nothing.

If I give up the fulfillment of a career to make my children's lives better, and stay up all night sewing costumes or baking cookies at short notice, but grumble about lack of sleep, I have not love and accomplish nothing.

A loving mother is patient with her children's immaturity and kind even when they are not; a loving mother is not jealous of their youth nor does she hold it over their heads whenever she has sacrificed for them.

A loving mother believe in her children; she hopes in each one's individual ability to stand out as a light in a dark world; she endures every backache and hearthache to accomplish that.

A loving mother never really dies. As for home-baked bread, it will be consumed and forgotten: as for spotless floors, they will soon gather dust and heel marks. As for children, right now toys, friends and food are all-important to them. But when they grow up, it will be their mother's love that they will remember and pass on to others. In that way, she will live on.

So care, training and a loving mother reside in a home, these three but the greatest of these is a loving mother."


Thanks to June at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
for originally posting this wonderful reminder!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Start Fresh All Day Long

"Moms wield a power to allow no half-hours of brooding between anybody.  Maintaining short accounts keeps the household atmosphere clear."

~Renee Ellison

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cherishing Memories

“To be in your child’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today."

Thanks to Valerie at Frugal Family Fun Blog for this quote!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Have You Sought Him Today, Mom?

You have said, "Seek my face."
My heart says to you,
"Your face, LORD, do I seek."

~Psalm 27:8

Monday, September 12, 2011

Train With Their Soul in Mind

“A true Christian must not be a slave to what’s currently ‘in-fashion,’ if he wants to train his child for heaven. He must not be content to teach them and instruct them in certain ways, merely because it is customary, or to allow them to read books of a questionable sort, merely because everybody else reads them, or to let them form bad habits, merely because they are the habits of the day. He must train with an eye to his children’s souls. He must not be ashamed to hear his training called odd and strange. What if it is? The time is short—the customs of this world are passing away. He that has trained his children for heaven, rather than for the earth—for God, rather than for man—he is the parent that will be called wise in the end.”

~J.C. Ryle
The Duties of Parents

Friday, September 9, 2011

Worthy Books Enrich

"Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds.  Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh."

~Judah Ibn Tibbon

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Let It Be Enough ~ A Poem by Kelly Crawford

Let it be enough, that just my Father sees,
The child-shaped castles that I build,
The falling on my knees.

Let it be enough, that just my Father knows,
The tasks I start and have to stop–
How fast a two-year-old goes!

Let it be enough, that just my Father feels,
My every waking moment spent
With “The Questioner” on my heels.

Let it be enough, that just my Father hears,
How many times a day I referee
Between the tears.

Let it be enough, that just my Father understands,
The messes I clean up–the toes, the bottoms, and the hands!

May I be, (without an eye to see) content to work,
Without a paycheck, no “teacher of the year” or other perk.

May I resolve, each passing day, while all around me mock,
To press on–keep investing in this sweet eternal stock!

~Kelly Crawford at Generation Cedar

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sweet Preparation

"Oh, Mothers of young children, I bow before you in reverence. Your work is most holy. You are fashioning the destinies of immortal souls. The powers folded up in the little ones that you hushed to sleep in your bosoms last night, are powers that shall exist forever. You are preparing them for their immortal destiny and influence. Be faithful. Take up your sacred burden reverently. Be sure that your life is sweet and clean."

~J.R. Miller
The Family

Monday, August 29, 2011

Daily Decisions Matter

"We look at Scripture as we consider the influences we want for our children or ones that we think should be avoided. We don't only look at the consequences for today, but also the potential ones that could follow in a year or in ten years.

The question before the Lord is, "If I sow this today in my child's life, what will he reap in the years to come?" "

~Steve and Teri Maxwell
Keeping Our Children's Hearts

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Our Words Are Seeds

"Mothers, be faithful. Don't get discouraged.
Pray for your children, and do not forget to talk to them:
your words will settle down in their hearts.
They never can, they never will forget them.
They may appear not to heed what you say;
they may put on an appearance of thoughtlessness and levity,
which look as though your words were disregarded;
but persevere--- those words are there, and never will be forgotten: but may be called up in years to come when you are dead and gone, and like seed cast in the earth, germinate and produce fruit that shall flourish in immortality."

~Jabez Burns
Mothers of the Wise and Good

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hearts Are Never Neutral

"If you neglect to instruct your children in the way of holiness, will the devil neglect to instruct them in the way of wickedness? No; if you will not teach them to pray, he will -- to curse, swear, and lie; if ground be uncultivated, weeds will spring." 

~John Flavel
English clergyman & author

Monday, August 15, 2011

Beautiful Choice Words Build Up Our Homes

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

~Proverbs 25:11

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Mother's Job Description

Everyday we chisel and mold creations greater than anything in the Louvre.
Everyday we build a foundation grander than the St. Petersburg cathedral.
Everyday we adjust the rhythm and rhyme of our magnum opus, bringing more glory to God than a thousand Hallelujah Choruses.
Welcome to Motherhood, the most powerful job in the world.

~Kat ~ Inspired to Action

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Top Lesson in the School of Motherhood

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less."

~C.S. Lewis

Monday, August 8, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Called to Be Faithful in the Little Things

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but my chief duty is to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."

~Helen Keller

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

True Training Grounds

"The child who learns to be gentle with a little brother will be gentle to others; the one who learns to be a peacemaker amond his brothers and sisters will know how to be so with others, because he has had to practice respecting the rights of others in the most arduous boot camp of all - the home."

~William and Colleen Dedrick
The Little Book of Christian Character and Manners

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Are They Flourishing In Our Presence?

"My emotional, spiritual and physical response to daily life can snowball to the rest of my family and bring peace and life or bring stress and destruction.

"Run to Him each morning, each moment, and beg for His mercy and wisdom and spirit. Meet with Him when you wake up and commit your words, your thoughts–your whole day to Him."

~Kelly Crawford at Generation Cedar

Thursday, July 28, 2011


"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."

~Charles H. Spurgeon

Monday, July 25, 2011

For A Few Short Years, We Are Their Everything

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."

~William Makepeace Thackeray
English novelist

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

When Motivation is Lacking

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24

Monday, July 18, 2011

Motherhood ~ A Poem

Instead of silken china scarf,
Petal-soft touch of tiny arms.
Instead of gold and silver bands,
The precious clasp of baby hands.

Instead of roses’ musky scent,
The milky breath of sweet infant.
Instead of diamonds on my breast,
Sparkling tears adorn my chest.

Instead of empty marble halls,
The sound of laughter and little footfalls.
Instead of a priceless masterpiece,
Small hands create a bright motif.

Instead of rustling satin gown,
Daisy chains and a clover crown.
Instead of soothing symphonies,
The lisp of childish sympathies.

And would I trade my clover crown,
For diamonds and a satin gown?
No—for all the world, I never would
Renounce the joys of motherhood.

~Catherine at Simplicity of the Soul

Friday, July 15, 2011

We Are the Clay...It's Supposed to Be This Way!

"Children are not a burden to escape or endure; they are a blessing that drives us to Christ because we are incapable of parenting well without Him."

~Kim Brenneman
Large Family Logistics

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tools For Tenderness

"...God has entrusted us to prepare the hearts of our children for the Savior. We are tools used by God to whittle away the calluses of the heart, keeping the heart tender and inclined to obedience."

~Ginger Plowman
Don't Make Me Count To Three
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