Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Old Time Mothers

John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA

When I was a young girl, I remember dreaming about having an old house. I imagined a large front porch, peeling paint, and a simple home. This was the reality for the Old Time Mothers. They lived in cabins on the Prairie, or small homes on farms.

Their houses were clean and these mothers worked hard preparing meals to feed their families. There was no television, no computer, no phone, and no malls. Life centered around the family, hard work, and godliness.

These mothers did not complain. They were too busy to worry about 'self-help,' or what they were 'missing out on.' These saints of old depended on God and prayed often. They had great faith for all their needs. They were blessed beyond measure.

I cannot imagine seeing a dusty Bible in a home like that.

Mrs. White
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Julie said...

I love this post and imagine the houses of old and what they must have been like. I love that life revolved around FAMILY and GOD!

Great examples for us to follow.

Rodna Allman said...

So true. I want my home to be like that.

Beth E. said...

Isn't it interesting how all of the modern "conveniences" of life had somehow made our lives so much more complicated?!

Great post!

Joyce Ackley said...

Your post is very thought-provoking. I like simplicity, and in fact, as homes go, mine is simple. (Though I do have central Heat/AC, a "modern" kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, small appliances, etc.) But if I am completely honest with myself, I'll have to say I wouldn't want to live the "old-time way."

I think I could probably live without television, computers, and phones for awhile, at least! I could even live without the mall.

But I wouldn't want to do without electricity and indoor plumbing. I can't imagine myself chopping wood and cooking on a wood-burning stove, hand-washing clothes in a washtub, and heating water for baths. I guess I'm a diva, but I'm used to the modern amenities.
Spoiled? Yep. I suppose so!