|Visiting by the back fence at Mrs White's Vermont Estate|
I wanted to make a nice batch of banana muffins this morning. There was an old gospel song in my head and I started looking for a CD. The song was by an old southern quartet "The Inspirations" called, "When I wake up to Sleep No More." I was delighted when I managed to find it among some old tapes that my father had made for me, with his gentle handwriting on the outer paper. It says, "For Sharon - gospel singing - The Inspirations."
This tape went on my kitchen radio near the back window. It is raining and dark this morning and the wind is blowing the curtains. Oh, how I love the sounds of old gospel music that is familiar to me. My father had sung many of these songs in our childhood home on weekend mornings as he puttered around the house doing projects or making something in the kitchen.
As I busily labored over the complicated recipe for my special muffins, my back started to hurt, but there was great joy in my heart as song after song of heavenly peace echoed through my kitchen.
I thought of heaven and all the work I am doing to "occupy" in the will of the Lord, and in the Lord's work, as a guard and keeper of this home. Soon I heard the old song, "Is that footsteps that I hear?" Which talks about heavenly footsteps walking towards us getting ready to sound the trumpet to call us home!
Some may focus their time and energy on great riches, and the exciting world of money or traveling to foreign lands and distant cities. Some may focus on climbing corporate ladders, or getting great fame, or accomplishing amazing things. But this old New England housewife is doing a quiet work of seeking holiness and making home a godly haven, following the lighted path my father lit for me, to follow him to the heavenly gates.
From the Archives -
I will never regret staying Home - A Humble Parlour as a School of Theology.
For those difficult times - Prayers which Cannot be Uttered.
Caring for Babies - Bedtime at the Estate.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
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