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

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