Sunday, July 19, 2015

Blessed by the Morning Kitchen Work
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.

Mrs. White

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."

An Invitation - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email. 



Anonymous said...

This is what we can do in this world.....simply keep focused on ministering to our loved ones in the name of Christ. I enjoyed the hymn you shared.
Have a blessed day,'Shirley in Virgini

living from glory to glory said...

Yes and Amen...
Leaving a Legacy of home is worth all the riches in the world!
Lovely having a home, we can guard and be a keeper that keeps close watch, but to enjoy every moment of it! That is a treasure!
Blessings, Roxy

Debbie said...

This is why I come to your blog. You remind me of my calling and the importance of what I do. Thank you!

Cheryl said...

Oh, my! I had that same album! My family and I LOVE the Inspirations. The Lord blessed us to see them in person a few years ago. They are still maintaining the same faithful witness they had when they made that recording you spoke of. I find a cassette tape every now and then with my sweet Daddy's handwriting on it, makes me cry. I miss him and Mom SO much. I am thankful they instilled in me a genuine hungering after God and the principles that I now live out in our little, country home. Being here and pouring myself into the precious family God has given me is the fulfilling joy of my life and my mission for being on this earth.

leslie said...

Oh I love when it's dark and rainy and I have all the windows open. It's almost 100 degrees where I live so I long for this kind of weather! Your posts are so comforting and reassuring to my life as a Homemaker. This is a safe respite I can run to when the world questions what I am doing.

Deanna said...

Blessings to you, Mrs. White! Very sorry about your back hurting. Saying a prayer. Muffins sound delicious. Happy times ahead. Love, d

Laura Lane said...

Sounds like a lovely morning. May your back be well and healed in Jesus' Name.


beth willis miller's blog said...

Precious post! My Mom always made a recipe called Mrs. White's fruitcake for Christmas...many blessings to you ❤️

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing this with us at Good Morning Mondays. What a wonderful memory of your father to have, a earth bound father leading you to our Heavenly Father. Blessings