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From "On The Banks of Plum Creek"
"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."
- Elizabeth Prentiss, 1800's.
A married woman who stays home. This is a lifelong vocation. It is an old-fashioned term, and something to be proud of. Not a "domestic engineer." Not a "home manager." An old fashioned housewife, who keeps the home, and abides there. - Mrs. White
There will always be storms brewing out in the world, for Mothers to silently fight. There will be lurkers, with ulterior motives, trying to lure the residents away from a godly home. There will be temptations of events to keep mother so distracted and busy that she doesn't remember how to keep home a quiet place of rest.
- Mothers must learn to make home a sanctuary. -
Today, the sporadic holiday traffic out front is bringing sudden and alarming noises. I have a baby here who needs his morning rest. I closed the blinds to keep out the heat of the sun. I closed the front windows to stop the traffic sounds. Then I opened the back windows so we can hear the soothing sound of the rushing water of the back river. Baby will sleep soundly at our quiet Estate.
Sometimes we have to shoo out certain people from rooms in our house, in order that we may keep a gentle home running. We may even send loud children outdoors to play. It is good for them, and good for us. Mothers often send guests home when the hour is getting late. The home must have order, and the residents must have their wholesome rest.
Bible time and prayer - hour should be sacred events, that occur at regular times. When Mother is delighted and peaceful and rested, the family will happily follow her in the parlour for the time of worship. It will be almost as awe-inspiring and precious as reading a beautiful bedtime story. The short time of devotion is a time of reverence and holiness. It is a discipline in consistency and a lesson in serving the Lord.
When family and guests enter Mother's sanctuary (of a godly home), they should immediately sense her joy and warm welcome. The residents know Mother works hard to make home a pleasant and happy place.
Is this ideal place worth fighting for? Is it worth shutting out the world at regular times so the family can enjoy a respite, taking refreshment and rest they dearly need?
When they leave Mother's well - tended sanctuary, will their hearts yearn to be back soon? Will they get homesick for that loving place?
Babies and small children need rest and order and the routine of a home nursery. In this fast paced world of overindulging in everything, wouldn't it be worthy if more Mothers created this same type of nursery at home for all who enter?