Friday, December 6, 2013

Intricately Woven


For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

~Psalm 139:13-16

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Delightful Creatures

Best Friends by John George Brown

"Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood, we find a delightful creature of a boy."

~ Author unknown

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tending Little Hearts

Sunshine Hours by Charles Lucy

"Mothers, take the time. Weed those little gardens…tedious as it is, as many times as those weeds sprout up again…keep at it. It’s bigger than today."

~Kelly Crawford
Generation Cedar

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Parent's Privilege

Mother's Little Helper by Timoleon Lobrichon

“Children can be trained in almost any direction. Their natural tendencies may be so curbed and guided as no longer to show themselves in disagreeable prominence. It is a parent’s privilege, and it is a parent’s duty, to make his children, by God’s blessing, to be and to do what they should be and do, rather than what they would like to be and do.”

~H.Clay Trumbull
Hints on Child Training

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Training to Respond to His Grace

Mother Tying Her Daughter's Bonnet by George Augustus Freezor

“Correction is about reaching your child’s heart….The heart is fallen and sinful (we want to sin), but God changes hearts by His grace to respond to him, and that is the purpose of biblical discipline-to train the hearts of your child to respond to God and His grace.”

~Clay Clarkson
Educating the Whole Hearted Child

Monday, September 23, 2013

Children's Self-Denial

Young Boy Grinding Scissors by Louise-Emile Adan

"At an early age children may be taught to forego little things, especially for the sake of others; for that shows a purpose. Afterwards they may be taught to bear disappointments and crosses as benefiting their own character, and preparing them for the heavier trials and sacrifices of mature age. It will hep to self-conquest, if one distinct act of self-denial is practiced every day; and then it should be entirely voluntary and  cheerful, for thus is is like fruit with the bloom on it; but when self-denial is grudging and complaining, it is in deed sour and acrid fruit."

~Dulce Domum

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Echoes of Kindness

Mother Tying Her Daughter's Bonnet by George Augustus Freezor

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

~Mother Teresa

Thursday, August 22, 2013

An Act of the Will

The Gift by Marguerite Gerard

"Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart."

~Corrie Ten Boom

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sow in Spring

Summer Days at Giverny by Ferdinand Heilbuth

Mother! Mother! Watch and pray,
Fling not golden hours away!
Now or ever, plant and sow,
Catch the morning's earliest glow.

Mother! Mother! Guard the dew,
While it sparkles clear and true.
No delay! The scorching noon
May thy treasures reach too soon.

Mother! Point them to the sky,
Tell them of a loving eye,
That more tender is than thine,
And doth ever on them shine.

Mother! Lead them soon and late
To behold the golden gate;
When they long to enter there,
Lead them to the Lamb by prayer.

Mother, seize the precious hours,
While the dew is on thy flowers!
Life is such a fleeting thing,
Mother! Mother! Sow in spring.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Making Time for a Calling

The Winning Throw by Harry Brooker

“Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.

~Rachel Jankovic
Motherhood is a Calling, and Where Your Children Rank

Monday, July 22, 2013

Reaping Righteousness

A Summer's Day by Frederick Stead

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

~Hebrews 12:11

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Girl Guarding the Cows by Jules Breton, 1872

"Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it."

~A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

When We Get Too Busy

Not Too Much to Carry by William Bouguereau, 1895

"One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.”

~Elisabeth Elliot
Secure in the Everlasting Arms

Monday, June 3, 2013

Young Years are for Molding Hearts and Training Behavior

Les Derniers Jours d Enfance by Cecilia Beaux

"The realization that only a genuine conversion of the soul by God will effect the child's spiritual state before Him should undergird everything we teach our little ones.  But as parents we don't wait on the heart of the child to accompany the outward behavior.  It would be foolish to wait until a pure motive accompanied the child's actions, before we began training a child not to throw things, to come to us when he is called, or not to pulverize his sister.

Expecting obedience and teaching them to honor, with love and gentleness, is showing them a picture of God's relationship to His children. 

For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. Heb. 12:6"

~Bambi Moore
In the Nursery of the Nation

Common-Sense-Gone-Controversial: The Training of Young Children

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Leading Children to a Love for Learning

The Young Connoisseur by August Friedrich Siegert

"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

~Antoine deSaint-Exupery

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gazing on my cherub boy ~ A Poem

Mother and Children by Elizabeth Nourse

I hold within my arms today
A priceless bit of mortal clay,
Divinely fashioned, and so fair,
The angels well may kinship share.

My soul with gratitude is filled,
My heart with mother love is thrilled,
My eyes rim o'er with newborn joy,
While gazing on my cherub boy.

O precious one! Through tears I see
A mighty task awaiting me.
My happy sky grows overcast,
Life's duties loom so grand, so vast.

To shield from wrong, to right incline,
This little life now linked to mine-
Divine the gift. Oh, may the mould
A heart of truth and honor hold!

Help me, kind Heaven, to know the way
From out the tangle of each day,
To guide him safe to manhood's prime,
And all the glory shall be Thine.

~M.E. Piatt

Monday, April 15, 2013

Serving On Our Own Steam or On His Power

The Convalescent by Charles Baugniet, 1880

"If we serve others because we expect to be rewarded with warm feelings of the praise of others, we will eventually be disappointed and perhaps turn bitter and cynical. If we try to serve on our power, we will inevitably run out of steam or let our sinful motives sully our efforts. If we focus on following Jesus, however, in loving people as He loved and loving others because He loved us, we will find a buffer for our disappointment. And if we give out of obedience to Him and in dependence on the Holy Spirit, we will both be empowered and sustained."

~Sally Clarkson
The Mission of Motherhood

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Peaceable, Gentle, Willing to Yield

In the Meadow by Julien Dupre, 1881

For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

~James 3:16-17

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

From Enduring to Embracing the Storms

Menzel's Sister Emilie Sleeping by Adolf Von Menzel, 1848

"I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages."

~Charles Spurgeon

Monday, March 18, 2013

Feeding Appetites

Books Got Her by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy, 1872

"What kind of appetites might [this activity] develop in my child even if the activity itself seems innocent at the time? Is my decision based on Scripture, or is it made because I don't want to be inconvenienced or disappoint anyone?"

~Steven and Teri Maxwell
Keeping Our Children's Hearts

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tight Schedules, Time and Tenderness

When we devote our youth to God by William Powell Frith, 1852

"Motherhood is made up of that complex design that requires so much from us, and yet requires so little. There is so much to be done, and yet what our children need from us is not hard. Time, tenderness, instruction and direction. They need to walk alongside us in life. Do I let them? Or do I shoo them away so I can get more done?

Does the pressing list of my day rob my children of a first-morning smile? Does my schedule press tighter than a mid-day hug? Can I let them into everything–the essence of building relationships, speaking through my actions, “You are important to me right now”?"

~Kelly Crawford at Generation Cedar

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Our Purpose and Delight

Ingeborg by Peter Nicolai Arbo, 1868

"To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him, the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement."

~St. Augustine

Thankfully shared a
 Growing Home ~ Teach Me Tuesdays
Women Living Well ~ Living Well Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Guiding Little Hearts to Trust and Obey

Nina Lehmann by John Everett Millais, 1868-1869

“Don’t waste time trying to sugarcoat submission to make it palatable. Obeying when you see the sense in it is not submission; it is agreement. Submission necessarily means doing what you do not wish to do. It is never easy or painless.

True biblical submission must be found in knowing Christ and his grace. Don’t try to make it something that does not require grace. Don’t reduce submission to authority to that which fits natural man and natural abilities."

~Tedd Tripp
Shepherding A Child's Heart 


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Dearest Spot of Earth Is Home ~ A Hymn

The Family Gathering by Eugenio Zampighi

The dearest spot of earth to me
  Is home, sweet home!
The fairy land I long to see
  Is home, sweet home!
There how charmed the sense of hearing!
There where love is so endearing!
All the world is not so cheering
  As home, sweet home!

I've taught my heart the way to prize
  My home, sweet home!
I've learned to look with lover's eyes
  On home, sweet home!
There, where vows are truly plighted!
There, where hearts are so united!
All the world besides I've slighted
  For home, sweet home.

~W.T. Wrighton, Composer

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Advice is like snow...

A Reading from Goethe by Wilhelm Amberg, 1870

“Advice is like snow — the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”

~Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Not to Worry

Afternoon Repast by Jules-Joseph Breton, 1885

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”

~Swedish Proverb

Monday, January 21, 2013

Abide in Him

Meditation by Elizabeth Nourse

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

~John 15:5

Monday, January 7, 2013

Beautiful Dependence

Who Speaks First by John Morgan

"I can interact with the members of my family in a constant state of dependence and prayer, asking God to work in me and through me, and resting in the fact that He will accomplish His will in spite of me."

~Pam Forster at Doorposts
What Would I Do Differently, Part 1

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