Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Life of a Mother

These words I am about to share hit me hard a few days ago when I read it for the first time.


“I am sadly concerned that thousands of mothers are so over-burdened that the actual demands of life from day to day consume all their time and strength. But of two evils, choose the lesser: which would you call the lesser–an unpolished stove or an untaught boy? Dirty windows, or a child whose confidence you have failed to gain? Cobwebs in the corner, or a son over whose soul a crust has formed, so strong that you despair of melting it with your hot tears and fervent prayers?
I have seen a woman who was absolutely ignorant of her children’s habits of thought, who never felt that she could spare a half-hour to read or talk with them–I have seen this woman spend ten minutes in ironing a sheet, or forty minutes icing a cake for tea, because company was expected.
When the mother, a good orthodox Christian, shall appear before the Great White Throne to be judged for the “deeds done in the body,” and to give her report of the master’s treasures placed in her care, there will be questions and answers like these:

“Where are the boys and girls I gave thee?”

“Lord, I was busy keeping my house clean and in order, and my children wandered away.”

“Where wert thou while thy sons and thy daughters were learning lessons of dishonesty, malice and impurity?”

“Lord, I was polishing furniture and making beautiful rugs.”

“What hast thou to show for thy life’s work?”

“The tidiest house, Lord, and the best starching and ironing in all our neighborhood!”

Oh these children, these children! The restless eager boys and girls whom we love more than our lives! Shall we devote our time and strength to that which perishes while the rich garden of our child’s soul lies neglected, with foul weeds choking out all worthy and beautiful growths? Fleeting indeed, O mother, are the days of childhood, and speckless windows, snowy linen, the consciousness that everything about the house is faultlessly bright and clean will be poor comfort in that day wherein we shall discover that our poor boy’s feet have chosen the path that shall take him out of the way to all eternity.”

–Author Unknown

Monday, 1 September 2014

Spring Day 1 September 2014

Happy Spring day!

This morning when I sat up in bed reading the Bible, out of the corner of my eye I saw the son coming up over the mountains. The first sunrise of spring is what goes through my mind, a new day, a renewal, a new beginning.

I jump out of bed with new courage, ready to face all the things this day will throw my way. I open all the windows because fresh air is what we need, brrr, but there is still a bit of a chill in the air! Must be the snow that fell on the mountain tops last week, but I am determined to make the most of this spring day.

Then it hits me, every day is a new day. Every morning when we open our eyes it is another opportunity to try again, to be better than who or what we were yesterday.

But there is only one way to do this. We need to pray more, we need to read our Bible more and we need to be prepared to go where God leads us, even if it is the small winding road with nearly no one else on the footpath. 

Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

As every spring comes around to paint the world around us with beautiful flowers and new growth on the trees, my wish for everyone of you today is a renewing within yourself. 

Let us do everything we have to do today for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

And don’t forget to pray today because God didn’t forget to wake you up this morning!


Monday, 4 August 2014


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