Monday, December 17, 2012

His Great Mercy for Mothers!

Mother and Child by Elizabeth Nourse, 1895

"Aim high, sweet mama. And when mistakes come, know they are covered by the One who holds all in His hands, and whose mercies are 'new every morning!'"

~Sally Clarkson at I Take Joy

Monday, December 3, 2012

Poem ~ Motherhood

A Music Party by Arthur Hayes, 1864

The bravest battle that ever was fought!
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not;
'Twas fought by the mothers of men.
Nay not with the cannon of battle-shot,
With a sword or noble pen;
Nay, not with eloquent words or thought
From mouth of wonderful men!
But deep in a walled-up woman's heart --
Of a woman that would not yield,
But bravely, silently bore her part --
Lo, there is the battlefield!
No marshaling troops, no bivouac song,
No banner to gleam and wave;
But oh! those battles, they last so long --
From babyhood to the grave.
Yet, faithful still as a bridge of stars,
She fights in her walled-up town --
Fights on and on in her endless wars,
Then silent, unseen, goes down.
Oh, ye with banners and battle-shot,
And soldiers to shout and praise!
I tell you the kingliest victories fought
Were fought in those silent ways.

~ Joaquin Miller (1839-1913) 
Thank you to Mrs. June Fuentes at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home for sharing this poem.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In the Garden of Service

The Toilette by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, 1670-1675

"Humility is the blossom of which death to self is the perfect fruit."
~Andrew Murray

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Peaceful Home

The Archers by Harry Brooker, 1894

"Peace isn’t reflected in a decibel level or the amount of dust accumulated on your shelves. Peace is a state of the heart. Peace is a tone of voice. Peace is the ease with which we navigate the torrent of our lives.

So, the first path to a peaceful home is to acknowledge the crazy. It’s our job to teach our children how to grow up, but it’s also our job to let them be kids and savor every blessed, messy moment. Peace is finding the balance between the two."

~Kat at Inspired to Action

Monday, October 29, 2012

Contentment and Gratitude

Young Italian Girl by the Well by Franz Xavier Winterhalter

Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.

~Psalm 16:5-6

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Noble Career

A Young Girl Reading by Jean Honore Fragonart, 1776

“Educated women in the home?  What an odd thing to deplore!  What better place to have us “end up”…What more important job is there than sharing the values we are learning to cherish with the next generation of adults?  What more strategic place could there be for the educated woman?”

~Edith F. Hunter

Thank you Kelly at Generation Cedar for sharing this quote!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Consequences and Grace

Pardon Mama by Emile Munier, 1888

"It isn't that we ignore sin. We deal with it, and children do need to obey their parents. The same applies to us adults- there are consequences to our actions and we must obey God. It's just that when we blow it over and over and over, our God opens His arms wider and pours out more mercy, more grace, and in great and lavish abundance. It melts our hearts and makes us want to sidle up and squat under His protection and wisdom. I want my kids to want to do that too, but that will never happen if all I do is lay down the law and remind them of their failures."

~Kendra Fletcher at Preschoolers and Peace

Monday, October 8, 2012

Delightful Education in Nature

Crossing the Bank by John George Brown, 1874

“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pinecones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets. And any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.”

~Luther Burbank

Monday, October 1, 2012

Poem ~ The Teacher

The Childhood of Pico Della Mirandola by Paul Delaroche, 1842

The Teacher

LORD, who am I to teach the way
To little children day by day,
So prone myself to go astray?

I teach them KNOWLEDGE, but I know
How faint they flicker and how low
The candles of my knowledge glow.

I teach them POWER to will and do,
But only now to learn anew
My own great weakness through and through.

I teach them LOVE for all mankind
And all God's creatures, but I find
My love comes lagging far behind.

Lord, if their guide I still must be,
Oh let the little children see
The teacher leaning hard on Thee.

~Leslie Pinckney Hill

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Privileged Service

The First Step by David Adolf Constant Artz

“You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.”

~C.H. Spurgeon

Thanks to Jennifer for sharing this great quote!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Beautifully Imperfect

Fisherman's Wife by Arthur Hacker, 1885
"There is no “ideal motherhood”. I think the sooner we embrace that truth, the quicker we can get back to pouring into our children and accepting motherhood for what it is: beautifully imperfect.
If we are constantly focusing on trying to perfect the imperfections of motherhood, it will build nothing more than constant dissatisfaction."
~Christin at Joyful Mothering

Monday, September 10, 2012

While You're Waiting to See Fruit

Idyll by Gerard Munthe

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.

~Habakkuk 3:17-19

Monday, September 3, 2012

Psalm 78 Parenting

Grazielle by Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, 1878

"...choose to remember all of the blessings and good things your God has done for you! And then tell them to your children! Praise God to your children, and then later on, to your grandchildren. Don’t pass along all of the “trials” and poor me stories, leaving your children wondering where God was in all of your misery. If you tell of trials, tell of the Redeemer who brought you through the trial."

~Sarah Beals at Joy-Filled Days
Teach Your Children to Hope in God

Monday, August 27, 2012

So Far I've Done All Right, Lord...

Sweet Repose by Valentine Cameron Prinsep, 1885

Dear Lord,
So far I’ve done all right.
I haven’t gossipped,
haven’t lost my temper,
haven’t been greedy, grumpy,
nasty, selfish, or overindulgent.
I’m really glad about that.

But in a few minutes, God,
I’m going to get out of bed.
And from then on,
I’m going to need a lot more help.


Monday, August 20, 2012

A Mother's Hope

Admiration Maternelle by William Adolphe Bouguereau, 1869

"Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all."

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Monday, August 13, 2012

Nurturing Your Heart for God

Pear Time by Pauline Dohn, 1895

"If your heart is in conflict with the Lord, no amount of organization, planning or scheduling will make you a more effective mother. If, though, you are nurturing your heart for God, strengthening your faith in Him, letting the Spirit control your attitude, and being as faithful as you know how to be, you can be assured you are fulfilling God's purposes for you. Your children will follow your heartbeat."

~Sally Clarkson
Educating the Whole-Hearted Child

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Balance in Raising Boys

"...You see very often two opposite extremes of how to raise boys. One ditch says “Boys will be boys! That gives them a license to be posses zero self-control, have no manners and no convictions on personal hygiene.” ...

The other ditch is to squash the spirit of the little boy who is created by God to have more energy and aggression than a female. Little boys get feminized when they aren’t ever allowed to get dirty, bloody or loud. Mommy is so freaked out all the time, fearing that her boy is going to be in the first category that she keeps him under her thumb all the time and doesn’t let him do much living.

Boys need to be civilized but not feminized. It’s up to us to teach them when their wildness is appropriate and when it isn’t."

~Bambi at In the Nursery of the Nation
Civilized, Not Feminized

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Mother's Presence

Come sit with me, big brown-eyed girl,
what’s on your mind today?
Butterflies or Buttercups?
Let’s talk before you play!
My son, what’s that? Your newest fort?
You want me to come and see?
Legos, logs then life-sized trees…
Your gift amazes me.
Arms to cuddle, ears to hear,
eyes to see and savor,
A mother’s presence–just being here–
the sweetest gift God gave her.

~Kelly at Generation Cedar

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Self-Reliant Mother's Heart

"How can we tell whether our efforts at parenting are motivated by reliance on God's grace or on self-trust? How can we know whether we're trying to obligate God or serve him in gratitude?

One way to judge is to consider your reaction when your children fail. If you are angry, frustrated, or despairing because you work so hard and they aren't responding, then you're working (at least in part) for the wrong reasons. Conversely, if you're proud when your children obey and you get those desired kudos - Oh! your kids are so good! - you should suspect your motives.

Both pride and despair grow in the self-reliant heart."

~Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mothering When the Marriage Hurts

"A difficult marriage, in and of itself, may not cause us to grow. We have to apply ourselves to understanding, love, and patience - we must commit ourselves to a pursuit of virtue - within that difficult marriage. We can't control how our spouse will act or how the world will act, but we can control how we will act and how we will respond... It is either this - or giving up control and allowing the toxic eruption of bitterness to pollute our souls.

It may sound antiquated to talk about the pursuit of "virtue" in today's world, but this is only because we don't fully understand what virtue truly represents. At its root, virtue means "strength." Virtue is strength - power to do what is right; power to make the right choice; power to overcome the weakness of sin, bad choices, victimhood, and self-pity."

~Gary Thomas
Sacred Marriage

Monday, July 2, 2012

Guarding Against a "Sharp Tongue"

“Remember that true firmness is gentle, humble, and calm. A sharp tongue, a proud heart, and an iron hand have no place in God’s work.”

~Francois Fenelon

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lead Them to the Cross

"The gospel seems irrelevant to the smug child who isn't required to do anything he does not want to do. It seems irrelevant to the arrogant child who has been told all his life how wonderful he is.

But the gospel has great relevance for the child who is persuaded that God calls him to do something that is not native to his sinful heart ~ to joyfully and willingly submit to the authority  of someone else! Only the power of the gospel can give a willing heart and the strength to obey."

~Tedd Tripp
Shepherding A Child's Heart

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Love ~ A Poem for Mothers

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love ~ I am a housekeeper, not a homemaker.
If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love ~ my children learn of cleanliness, not godliness.
Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh.
Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.
Love is present through trials.
Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive. 
As a mother there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is ... LOVE.


Thursday, June 7, 2012


You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

~Isaiah 26:3

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Peaceful Home

“A Christian home should be a place of peace, and there can be no peace where there is no self-denial.”
~Elisabeth Elliot

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Composure of Spirit

"A mother must have great control over her own feelings...a calmness and composure of spirit not easily disturbed..or she will be occasionally provoked to acts of injustice by the misfortunes of which her children are the innocent cause."

~John S.C. Abbott
The Mother At Home

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


"...when the main source of strife in the home is Mommy, madly rushing about, griping over unmet personal expectations; it’s time to back off. It’s time to put my projects on the shelf, and smile, genuinely smile, at my children, ask their forgiveness, and redirect them to something happy while I make a new plan for the day. A much, much simpler plan."

~Andrea at Pursuing Titus 2

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I Took His Hand and Followed ~A Poem

My dishes went unwashed today,
I didn't make the bed,
I took his hand and followed
Where his eager footsteps led.

Oh yes, we went adventuring,
My little son and I...
Exploring all the great outdoors
Beneath the summer sky

We waded in a crystal stream,
We wandered through a wood...
My kitchen wasn't swept today
But life was gay and good.

We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest,
Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

We watched a robin feed her young,
We climbed a sunlit hill...
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,
We plucked a daffodil.

That my house was neglected,
That I didn't brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth
Will know, or even care.

But that I've helped my little boy
To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world
May look and see and know.

~Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From Surviving to Thriving

"If you really want to stop just surviving motherhood, you have to find meaning in motherhood that transcends the day to day-ness of your life.  Cooking and cleaning have to stop being tiresome chores, naughtiness has to stop being a personal offense, and the needs of your family have to stop being interruptions to your day.

You have been entrusted with tomorrow’s fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers.  You have been entrusted with the next generation of believers, the future servants of our Lord and Savior, the Light-bearers and Truth-speakers of tomorrow.  They just happen to bundled up in little, foolish, needing-to-be-honed packages you get to unwrap!"

~Amy at Raising Arrows

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


"Who would ever think that so much can go on in the soul of a young girl?"

~Anne Frank

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Backing Up Our Words

"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, April 2, 2012

Helping our Children in the Habit of Prayer

"Long before he can read, you can teach him to kneel by his mother’s side, and repeat the simple words of prayer and praise which she puts in his mouth. And as the first steps in any undertaking are always the most important, so is the manner in which your children’s prayers are prayed, a point which deserves your closest attention. Few seem to know how much depends on this. You must be careful that they don’t say their prayers in a hasty, careless, and irreverent manner.

Oh, dear friend, if you love your children, I charge you, do not let the early impression of a habit of prayer slip by. If you train your children to do anything, train them, at least, to have a habit of prayer.”

~J.C. Ryle
The Duties of Parents

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

First I'll Be a Mother

Some houses try to hide the fact
That children shelter there,
Ours boasts it quite openly,
The signs are everywhere.

For smears on the windows,
Little smudges on the doors,
I should apologize I guess,
For toys strewn on the floor.

But I sat down with the children,
And we played and laughed and read,
And if the doorbell doesn't shine,
Their eyes will shine instead.

For when at times I am forced to choose,
The one job or the other,
I'd like to cook, and clean, and scrub,
But first I'll be a MOTHER.

~Author Unknown

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Love Hurts Either Way

"If we never have headaches through rebuking our children, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up."

~Charles H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Discipline with Grace

"We can be a lighthouse to grace for our children by offering them grace. Grace is not a replacement for correction or discipline. It is the manner in which you deliver these necessities to your children.

Are you accusing? Belittling? Exaggerating? Impatient?
All these lack grace.
Grace forgives. Grace walks alongside. Grace empowers and encourages. God is our beacon of grace and we need to allow His light to shine through us, to our children, so they will praise our Father in heaven–because of grace."

~Christin Joy at Joyful Mothering

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Sweet Offering

A rose can say "I love you",
orchids can enthrall,
but a weed bouquet in a chubby fist,
yes, that says it all.

~Author Unknown

Monday, March 5, 2012

Equipping Children with the Truth About Sin

"If a goal for our children is holiness, then we will teach them the truth about sin in generalities that they can understand. We have to be honest with our children so that they understand sin is enticing, fun, and pleasurable.

We will also want to teach our children the consequences of sin from a biblical perspective. It should cause them to view sin not only with a disdain but also with an awareness of its pull."

~Steven and Teri Maxwell
Keeping Our Children's Hearts

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Altar of Conformity

"Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity."

~Charles H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

See Life Through Your Child's Eyes

"When a child knows that all his life you have sought to see the world through his eyes, he will trust you. When he knows that you have not tried to make him like you or like anybody else, but only sought to help him realize his full potential as a creature God made to know Him and live in the relationship of fellowship with Him, he will trust you."

~Tedd Tripp
Shepherding A Child's Heart

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sharing Ourselves To Teach Sharing

"It takes an investment of time, thought, and energy to teach a child to willingly share with a cheerful heart. Most of all, it takes a real, live, loving example in front of them.

Are we willing to share with our children?
Do we cheerfully give of ourselves, or do our hearts say, “Mine!” when our little ones want or need our time and attention?

Do we communicate a begrudging, selfish attitude when we have to stop again to teach our children to not have begrudging, selfish attitudes?"

~Pam Forster at Doorposts

Shared at: Women Living Well

Monday, February 6, 2012

Daily Living It Out

"My life is an ongoing story that my children are reading every day. What kind of a story am I?"

~Sarah Mae at Like A Warm Cup of Coffee

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