Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Is Mother at Home?

Souvenir of the Villa Borghese, 1855

It takes a lot of effort to make a happy home. We mothers deal with trials and moods within our families. We have lots of housework, planning and errands to attend to. We also must keep our spiritual lives in order.

Spiritual duties of Bible reading, prayer, listening to hymns (or singing them) and spiritual songs are what help to nourish our souls. These are required on a daily basis to help keep the toxic world around us from causing us harm.

I read this beautiful analogy from the 1800's book, Aunt Jane's Hero. She described a yearning for Heaven, that had to do with wanting to be with Jesus. It wasn't about the siblings, babies or loved ones that went on before us. While being with those precious people again is our goal, we are seeking the eternal presence of Jesus because He is the foundation of it all; and the sweetness that we crave. The author of Aunt Jane's Hero, compared this with a child who comes home. He walks in the door and calls out, "Is Mother at Home?" If he finds that mother is there, he is content and secure and happy. It doesn't matter if Daddy is there or if siblings are there, for they may come home soon. But the center of the home - Mother - the shining light of it all, is what brings the sweet, relieved smile. This is the presence we yearn to go home to.

I want to be just like that Mother. But I fail miserably. I want everyone to come home and say, "Is Mother here?" And I want them to smile and seek me out. I want to provide them with selfless love and servant-hood to bring them great joy in our humble home.

Mrs. White

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Melissa @ Half Dozen Mama said...

Thank you for that reminder. Sometimes I'm a mother whose body is home, but my mind is elsewhere. It takes constant effort to continually pour into my family. Beautifully written!

Christiespace said...

How beautifuly you remind us to take care of our soul. We know that when our soul is cared for the Light will shine through and we will be that mother.
I read Aunt Jane's hero last week after reading one of your blog posts about the book. I couldn't put it down and find myself longing to read it again and again. Thank you so very much for your inspiration!

April's Homemaking said...

This story sounds interesting, and sounds like the kind of Mother I too wish to be. I look forward to reading this book. Thanks~April

LeAnn said...

I really enjoyed reading your thoughts today. I think all of us want to be better mothers. I am in the grandma stage and I want all my grandchildren to come and give me a hug when they first come in and I am still working on this one. I don't always get a 100%. The book sounds like a good one; thanks for sharing it. Blessings to you and keep on enjoying the moments.

Laura Lane said...

I remember that with my mother before my dad left us. Then she had to get a job.