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

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