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

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