"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?"
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”?"