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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
To be a wife and mother has as far as I can remember has always been my goal.
I even remember back in the school years when we were told to 'choose a career', even back then girls were encouraged and expected to have a career that did not involve marriage and motherhood.
Not knowing any different as this is what I was taught I tried to choose a 'career' that would allow me to be able to stay home with my children and perhaps only work part time.
Even then it was not my first choose and I was blessed to have know my now husband before I left for college. In fact we were engaged before I went away (while he attended Uni in another part of the country) and we really were only waiting to be married until after I had finished my 2 year course.
I look back now and see how the fact that we were 'brainwashed' both at home and school to think this way.
Thank God that he showed us a different way..........
I could not imagine my life if it were any different and the thought of not having this life is well.....unimaginable.
How trite and unimportant for me to not be a wife and mother. The ability to share so many special moments AT HOME, with those I care most about is a gift I will never undervalue.
So when I read these type of poems below and books by like minded people I can really appreciate the value that they place on the role of Motherhood.
I pray you are as encouraged by them as well!!
I have the greatest work in the world;
The job of rocking a baby to sleep,
That of guiding his tottering feet,
A baby's clothes to launder and fold,
A precious life to shape and mold,
A drink to give from a little cup,
At night his toys to gather up,
Hurts to heal and fears to quell,
A baby to keep clean and well,
A stack of diapers to put,
Oh, what a happy worthwhile day!
I am a "Mother."
I have the greatest work in to world;
A husband to encourage when things go wrong,
When he comes from work to greet with a song,
Denims and shirts to wash and mend,
A helping hand, when needed, to lend,
Three times a day is meals to cook,
To strive to be my best to look,
His back to rub at the close of the day,
For his faithfulness to God I pray,
When hubby's in the field I take lemonade,
for all these tasks his love has Paid.
I am a " Wife."
I have the greatest work in the world;
A home to keep happy, clean and bright,
Make things go smooth and strive for the right,
Jams to cook and jellies to make,
Cookies and pies and bread to bake,
Washing, ironing, and sewing to do,
So many tasks, will I ever get though?
Lettuce to wash and peas to pick,
floors to scrub, lost items to seek,
Dishes to wash and windows to shine,
These and many more tasks are mine.
I am a "Homemaker."
Help me, Father, to faithfully work,
Forgive if I unconsciously shirk,
give me the patience and love I pray,
To keep myself in duties way;
With all the hustle that each day brings
May I not neglect the needing things;
Each day to spend time alone with Thee
That Jesus Christ be seen in me.
Thank you for husband, our home, our girls and boys;
Thank you for love which brings me much joy.
Thank you , Lord.
----Mary Lou Burkholder
I love J R Miller's work and the book on Homemaking is one of my favourite books on homemaking.
I think that this is the new version of my book, but not sure.
"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 into eternity; could she look into it's soul to see it's 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 it's 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." - JR Miller
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