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"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
We live in a generation where everything seems to happen instantly. People can often make things work fast, or right away. Things are forced to happen "on time," in many cases. This takes away our patience, and even our attention span. Sadly, over the last few decades, this has trickled down to the expectations of mothers.
We do our best to raise our children to be good, moral citizens. We want them to produce the fruit from our years of hard work in teaching and training them. We expect them to make the right choices and the right decisions. This shows us their maturity and wisdom. Yet, it isn't really about us. It is about God's timing and God's will.
In the old days, Mothers knew to wait out the seasons and the phases. They knew there was a point to stand back and let young ones make decisions. They knew to let the children face consequences; in order to learn the lessons and to grow and mature.
This became very clear to me the other night. Some of my older children came up with an idea. I was tired and said I couldn't help. But I was there to observe as the events unfolded. I knew what the result would be. I was excited about the lesson they were going to learn. This time, no matter how tempted I was to interfere, or make their lives easier (thinking they had endured enough and had done enough), I backed off and let it all happen without me. I did not give advice. I did not take over the burden. I had tea, went to bed early, enjoyed a quiet night, and I prayed for them. The following morning, the results were in. They learned the lesson! They got the advice from the experience, instead of from my words!! It worked! I was delighted!
Many years ago, I read something about Mrs. John R. Rice (the wife of an evangelist and mother of six children). She talked about her children having meaningful work in the home. She said chores taught them important lessons. One day, one of her girls was very tired from a hard day at school and work. But it was her night to wash the dishes and clean the kitchen. Mrs. Rice was so tempted to go in there and say, "You go rest. You did enough today." But she stayed back. She said she wouldn't dare take away that lesson! Her wisdom astounds me.
Mothers, in this generation, have spent much of our years interfering with God's lessons for our children. We have gone in there and tried to "help" or "ease" things. This is part of control. This is part of impatience!
When we observe the lives of godly grandmothers, we see a peaceful patience, and a knowing compassion for the young. They don't give up easily on the youth of today! They know there are phases, and trials, and mistakes that must happen to bring forth a mature adult.
Lately, I have seen my grown children come out of some tough years. I have seen a "light" of maturity and peace coming from their lives and actions. There are difficult teen years and young adult years for most (if not all) children. But once they pass over that rugged hill and rough patch, they will emerge as an incredible blessing to their mothers.
The other side of motherhood, is from the grandmothers. We look back over the years and see how quickly it all really happened. We see patterns and lessons and trials. But none of those "moments," or phases, lasted too long. Some took hours, some months, and yes, some took years, but the children made it through. We mothers of today, must stand back and have great patience and faith. We must trust our prayers to reach the Master, and know that it will be okay in the end.