“O mothers of young children, I bow before you in reverence. Your work is most holy. You are fashioning the destinies of immortal souls. The powers folded up in the little ones that you hushed to sleep in your bosoms last night are powers that shall exist for ever. You are preparing them for their immortal destiny and influence. Be faithful. Take up your sacred burden reverently. Be sure that your heart is pure and that your life is sweet and clean. The Persian apalogue says that the lump of clay was fragrant because it had lain on a rose. Let yourlife be as the rose, and then your child as it lies upon your bosom will absorb the fragrance. If there is no sweetness in the rose the clay will not be perfumed.”
Home-Making, J.R. Miller, pg. 106
You know how it takes about 30 minutes away from your kids to remember how much you love them, feel guilty about how time is slipping away, to come up with all the things you’re going to do differently/better? Well, it was definitely one of those weeks. The second we drove away for camp, I was thinking about all of the above and more. But here’s what is great–this book, “Home-Making” by J.R. Miller is hitting all of those points in such an inspiring and eloquent way that it takes the guilt away and is completely bringing me to my knees. So here are some pictures from this weekend and some of the amazing quotes that are rocking my world.
“Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse into the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into its soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,–she would see that in all God’s world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no other hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.”
Home-Making, J.R. Miller, pg. 104
“You cannot give your child what you do not possess: you can scarcely help giving your child what you do possess. If you are a coward you cannot make him brave; if he becomes brave it will be in spite of you. If you are a deceiver you cannot make him truthful; if you are selfish you cannot make him generous; if you are self-willed you cannot make him yielding; if you are passionate you cannot make him temperate and self-controlled. The parent’s life flows into the child’s life. We impress ourselves upon our children less by what we teach them than by what we are. Your child is a sensitive plate; you are sitting before the camera; if you do not like the picture the fault is with yourself. One angry word from your lips will outweigh a hundred rebukes of anger. One selfish deed, one social deception, will do more to mar than a hundred homilies can do to make.
What we want to do with our children is not merely to control them and keep them in order, but to implant true principles deep in their hearts which shall rule their whole lives, to shape their character from within into Christlike beauty, and to make of them noble men and women, strong for battle and for duty.”
Home-Making, J.R. Miller, pg. 104-105