Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Babies Don't Keep" ~ A Poem

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
hang out the washing and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockabye, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).

The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
and out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
but I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

~Author Unknown

~Thanks to Tiana at God Made, Home Grown for this gem!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Another Way to View Sibling Squabbles

"If godliness is your goal for your children, it is also wise to consider that interaction between siblings provides every opportunity for your children to display their natural self-centered characters, providing you with the corresponding opportunity to teach and train them to deny their base nature and embrace and demonstrate God's nature instead.

The next time your children bicker, instead of becoming angry and looking simply for a quick fix to stop the annoyance, rejoice that another opportunity has presented itself for you to teach them what true Christianity is: to love God and to love others as you love yourself."

~L. Elizabeth Krueger
Raising Godly Tomatoes

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Build Hearts and Home

A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

~Proverbs 14:1

Monday, March 28, 2011

Muscles, Ligaments, Tendons and Tenderness

"A mother's arms are made of tenderness
and children sleep soundly in them."

~Victor Hugo

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Humble Service = Fuller Liberty From Sin and Self

"...Jesus calls us to be servants of one another and ... as we accept it heartily, this service will be a most blessed one, and a new and fuller liberty from sin and self.

At first it may appear hard. This is only because of the pride which still counts itself something. If once we learn that to be nothing before God is the glory of the creature, the spirit of Jesus, and the joy of heaven, we shall welcome with our whole heart the discipline we may have in serving even those who try or vex us.

When our own heart is set upon this, the true sanctification, we shall study each word of Jesus on self-abasement with new zest, and no place will be too low, and no stooping too deep, and no service too mean or too long continued, if we may but share and prove the fellowship with Him who spoke, "I am among you as he that serves."

Brethren, here is the path to the higher life.
Down, lower down!"

~Andrew Murray (1828-1917)
Humility: Beauty of Holiness

Friday, March 25, 2011

Love Learning With Literature

"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."

~Arnold Lobel

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Loving Firm Foundation

"Teach your children that God loves them so much that He gave them parents to be kind authorities to teach and lead them ... Parents must be willing to be in charge. You should do this with a benevolent and gracious manner, but you must be an authority for your children."

~Tedd Tripp
Shepherding A Child's Heart

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Do Not Give Up

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

~Galations 6:9

Monday, March 21, 2011

Too Busy Playing

"The persons hardest to convince they're at the retirement age are children at bedtime."

~Shannon Fife

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Seeking Him With a Steadfast Patience

"If we could see the floor of God's immediate presence, we would find it strewn with the 'toys' of God's children who have said, "This is broken, I can't play with it anymore, please give me another present." Only one in a thousand sits down in the midst of it all and says, 'I will watch my Father mend this.'"

~Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
Prayer, A Holy Occupation

Thankfully shared at:
The Better Mom

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Teaching the Biggest Thing In the Smallest Things

"If I could summarize what I believe is the most important thing we do as mothers, it would be 'teaching God in the moments'. That is what we are called to. And the lack of this vision is why so many mothers don’t feel the gravity of their job, and either become bored or exhausted with the 'mundane'."

~Kelly Crawford at Generation Cedar

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Challenging Words

"It is Christ who is to be exalted, not our feelings.
We will know Him by obedience, not by emotions.
Our love will be shown by obedience, not by how good we feel about God at a given moment."

~Elisabeth Elliot
Disicpline, The Glad Surrender

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Psalm for Times of Anxiety

My heart is not proud, O Lord,
   my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
   or things too wonderful for me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
   like a weaned child with its mother,
   like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord
   both now and forevermore.

~Psalm 131

Monday, March 14, 2011

Kindly Spoken Authority

“Many Christian parents, myself included, tend to speak to children as though they were Pharisees. We can speak harshly and with judgment, implying by our manner that their hearts are hard and resistant...
Our children are not our adversaries. Though our children’s hearts are corrupted by sin, they are not hardened sinners who have made conscious choices to reject the Savior. Our children are simply immature and childish. That’s why children need love and compassion, not harshness and guilt.”

~Clay Clarkson
Heartfelt Discipline

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Demanding and Rewarding Calling

"Mothers work wonders once they are convinced that wonders are demanded of them."

~Charlotte Mason

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Carve Out Some Quiet Time

 "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books."

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Happy Mother

He settles the barren woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.
Praise the Lord.

~Psalm 113:9

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Whose Glory Do We Seek?

"Mothering is not about glorifying ourselves with our wonderful children. It’s about glorifying the Lord by how we respond when our children aren’t so wonderful. Motherhood is about loving the weak, the out of control, the sinful, and bit by bit, day after day, seeking to change their hearts so they can learn to be strong, self-controlled, and righteous. It’s slow, and messy, and humbling. And the ultimate goal isn’t looking good, it’s being like Christ."

~Andrea Parunak at Pursuing Titus 2
When Your Credentials Get A Fever

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