Monday, May 30, 2011

At The End Of The Day, What Truly Matters

"Train with this thought continually before your eyes: The soul of your child is the first thing to be considered."

~J.C. Ryle
The Upper Room, "The Duties of Parents"

Friday, May 27, 2011

Learning Early To Yield To and Serve Others

"Our Father is more concerned about our inward character than our outward achievement. He has a specialized training program for each of us. This training program begins at home. God's classes come in many unexpected ways, at unexpected times, in unexpected locations, and often through unexpected people - like brothers and sisters. In fact, brothers and sisters seem to be some of the most common "professors" in God's University."

~Sarah Mally
Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Brave Little Warrior ~ A Poem About Sons

A pair of muddy sneakers
left lying by the door,
tell the tale of a daring journey
or an ancient medieval war.

Perhaps a brave explorer
crossed the river to Timbuktu,
or was forced to hide in a swamp
while a band of Apaches rode through.

Perhaps the top law man in Texas
had to stand ankle-deep in wet sand,
while he watered his gleaming stallion
on the banks of the Rio Grande...

More likely my brave little hero
played in sprinklers along the way
but he'd never admit that to mother...
and I'd have it no other way.

~Author unknown

Monday, May 23, 2011

When I Parent From My Selfish Flesh

"Am I correcting my child because he has sinned against God or because his behavior has caused me some personal discomfort, embarrassment, or trouble?"

~Ginger Plowman
Don't Make Me Count To Three

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Power of Life and Death In the Tongue

"Every word spoken to a family member is either an invitation to the experience of the holy or to the experience of chaos."

~Gary Thomas
Sacred Marriage

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Create, Produce, Enjoy!

"This is the secret–homemaking is NOT just about the nuts and bolts of keeping a house. It’s about the freedom to create a home that is bustling with productivity, using our gifts to bless our family and those around us."

~Kelly Crawford at Generation Cedar

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fill Their Young Minds With Goodness

"Read the best books first,
there may not be time to read them all."

~Henry David Thoreau

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mom's Happy Face

"The countenance of your face can...minister life or death. You can crush your child’s spirit by the scornful expression you give them. You can discourage them by your frowning countenance. You can wound their heart by your look of rejection. Or you can ignite the spirit of life within them by your happy face."

~Stacie at A Firefighter's Wife


Monday, May 9, 2011

A Work Ethic Is A Gift For Our Children

"The principal cause of boredom is the hatred of work. People are trained from childhood to hate it. Parents often feel guilty about making children do anything but the merest gestures toward work. Perhaps the children are required to make their beds and, in a feeble and half-hearted fashion, tidy up their rooms once a month or so. But take full responsibility to clear the table, load the dishwasher, scrub the pots, wipe the counters? How many have the courage to ask this of a ten-year-old? It would be too much to ask of many ten-year-olds because parents have seriously asked nothing of them when they were two or three. Children quickly pick up the parents' negative attitudes toward work and think of it as something most seduoulsy to be avoided."

~Elisabeth Elliot
Keep A Quiet Heart


Friday, May 6, 2011

Live For the Little Moments Too

"If I’m living for the big moments then I may view a runny nose or silly story as a hindrance, a nuisance to be avoided or gotten through as quickly as possible rather than a sovereign gift to enrich this tapestry of my life, to craft me into the person that He wants me to be."

~Kimberley at Raising Olives

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Firm Authority Chooses Calm Words Instead of Scolding

"If a child has done wrong, a child needs talking a natural tone of voice, and with carefully measured words. If the parent is tempted to speak rapidly, or to multiply words without stopping to weigh them, or to show an excited state of feeling, the parent's first duty is to gain entire self-control.

In giving commands...the fewer and the more calmly spoken words the better. A child soon learns that scolding means less than quiet talking; and he even comes to find a certain satisfaction in waiting silently until the scolder has blown off the surplus feeling which vents itself in this way. There are times, indeed, when words may be multiplied to advantage in explaining to a child the nature and consequences of his offense, and the reasons why he should do differently in the future; but such words should always be spoken in gentleness, and in self-controlled earnestness."

~H. Clay Trumbull
Hints on Child Training


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lean Into Christ for Strength

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls."

~Matthew 11:28-29

Monday, May 2, 2011

When Mother Reads Aloud...

"When mother reads aloud, I long
For noble deeds to do-
To help the right, redress the wrong;
It seems to easy to be strong,
So simple to be true.
Oh, thick and fast the visions crowd
My eyes, when mother reads aloud!"

~Author Unknown
Exerpt from When Mother Reads Aloud

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