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
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