Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Poem ~ A Child to Love

You can have your wealth and riches
All the things so many seek,
Position, power, and success,
The fame you long to keep.

You can earn as much as you wish,
Reach a status high above,
But none of these can equal
Having one sweet child to love.

'Tis the greatest gift from heaven,
Little arms that hold you tight,
And a kiss so soft and gentle
When you tuck them in at night.

A million precious questions
And each story often read,
Two eyes so bright and smiling,
And a darling tousled head.

God has never matched the goodness
Of a trusting little face,
Or a heart so full of laughter
Spreading sunshine every place.

A child to hold and cuddle,
'Tis a gift from God above,
And the world is so much brighter
When you have a child to love.

~Author Unknown

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Our Reactions to Daily Irritants Reveal Much

"If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery: if people fret me and the little things of life set me on edge; if I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary's love." 

~Amy Carmichael

Thanks to Bambi at In the Nursery of the Nation for this quote!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

A Tall Order Made Easier if Mother Lives It

"Right attitudes are not issues of the emotions. They are issues of the will, which means that a child can choose to be happy and content."

~Ginger Plowman
Don't Make Me Count To Three

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Submitting Our Hearts to Reach Theirs

“...It takes maturity in the Lord to go beyond mere corporal discipline and methods of external control over our children. 

Grace-based discipleship of the heart and gracious training in character while dealing with the heart requires God's love to be operating in us.

This love cannot be manufactured, but can only flow from and be demonstrated by a parent who is submitted to "Holy Spirit heart surgery" of their own.”

~Marilyn Howshall
True Success in Child Training

Thursday, January 12, 2012

When My Heart is Overwhelmed...

“When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.”

~Psalm 86:6

Monday, January 9, 2012

Being Anxious Steals Strength and Joy

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

~Corrie ten Boom

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Coaching the Strong-Willed Child

"Our children’s wills need training...

We need to provide training opportunities for our children to exercise and strengthen their wills. Give them plenty of supervised practice opportunities so they get in the habit of choosing what is right. Gently but firmly walk through intentional situations that require them to repress their passions or redirect their desires."

When I learned this principle, it changed the way I looked at my child. I had been thinking that my child had a strong will, and it was my job to dig in my heels and butt heads with her to show that my will was stronger. I was my child’s opponent in the battle of the wills.

But once I understood this principle, I suddenly realized that she did not have a strong will—one that had enough power to choose what was right even when she wanted what was wrong. She had a weak will that constantly chose the easy path of “I want.” It was my job to help her strengthen her will to be able to choose what was right, even when she didn’t want what was right. I was not her opponent; I needed to be her coach."

~Sonya Schafer at Simply Charlotte Mason


Monday, January 2, 2012

The House is Untidy... ~A Poem

The house is untidy from window to door,
Marks on the walls and food on the floor.

The washing's unwashed and the dishes are too,
There's scum in the bathroom and fat on the stew.

There are toys in the passage and under our feet;
The garden's a jungle when seen from the street.

So what have I done, then to earn my repose?
To just look around me you'd say no one knows!

I've held a small hand as her first steps she took.
I've made animal noises as we read a book.

I've built a mud pie and admired a snail,
I've rescued the cat from a grip on her tail.

I've wiped away tears, and I've listened to tales.
I've used mediation to get smiles from wails.

So I guess what I've done isn't easy to see -
It won't clean the house and it won't cook the tea.

But if I have helped make a child feel good,

Know that she's loved and that she's understood,

Then I know that my work, though not easy to see,
Is just as important as any could be.

~Author Unknown
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