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

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