"After Laura and Mary had washed and wiped the dishes, swept the floor, made their bed, and dusted, they settled down with their books. But the house was so cozy and pretty that Laura kept looking up at it."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Human Frailty of the Godly Soul
"The life of Luther might suffice to give a thousand instances, and he was by no means of the weaker sort. His great spirit was often in the seventh heaven of exultation, and as frequently on the borders of despair. His very deathbed was not free from tempests, and he sobbed himself into his last sleep like a greatly wearied child."
"As for her, like most women, she had but one ambition. To be a good wife and a good mother, and to be beloved by her husband and children, was all she asked. [She was] a busy, affectionate, cheerful little housewife, whose voice would never be heard in the streets, but whose memory would always live in a few faithful hearts."
Throughout the day, worries often come to mother's mind. She may be troubled about this child, or that one. She may be concerned about finances or stormy weather. She may be worried about her husband or how to handle some difficulty.
These thoughts can make her shaky, sad and fearful. But the wise mother has learned a little secret. She keeps a note in her pocket.
This note is a little reminder of the answers to all her troubles. She will go about her homemaking duties, washing clothes, polishing furniture, doing dishes, tending the children and making food. Every so often, she will reach in her pocket and remember the note. This soothes her rising fears.
Sometimes, when times get really tough, mother will take the note out of her pocket. She will lay it down on the table before her, and she will read it. Seeing the words on the note comfort her greatly. Then she puts the paper back in that special place, where she can carry it around everywhere.
There is something from Scripture in I Samuel 17:47. It is a very precious message. No matter what our troubles, no matter what Goliaths we face, or our children face, ". . . the battle is the Lord's. . ."
I am the mother of five home-schooled children, ages 15 and up, and a Grandmother of 2. I have been married for almost a quarter of a century.
I am a writer, reviewer, who loves fashion, sewing,
reading, fitness and cleaning.
We live in an 1800's house in rural Vermont.